Clementine Wild Rice Salad

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Consistency is what I encourage!  You will not completely undo nor redo your life in one day and the same is true for eating healthier.  Pick the path and make your long term goal and then go for it one day at a time.  New habits take time to develop and stick, so treat every day as a new day to make good choices.  I can certainly create a lot of damage in 15 minutes of eating poorly, but I move on the next day and make good choices to get back on track with healthy eating habits.  Even if it is not the popular or common choice of the people surrounding me, I can only control what goes in MY body.  I won’t let some one else’s choice to indulge become my choice.  I will be in control my choices, even if they are not the same ones my friends or family choose.  This is my body and my choice.  Master the day.

This is on my plate for lunch today.  Clemetines are one of my favorite snacks, but why not in a salad. Easy, make ahead directions too.  Make it for lunches next week!

Clementine-Wild Rice Salad

12 clementines, peeled and sectioned
1 6-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained
2 bunches green onions, sliced thin
2 cups cooked wild rice, chilled
1 cup mint leaves (optional)
1 cup cilantro or Italian parsley leaves (optional)
1/4 cup rice vinegar
juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup mayonnaise, or to taste (optional)
3 cups shredded Chinese cabbage, chopped romaine lettuce or baby spinach leaves (or a combination)

Combine all ingredients except the greens and mix thoroughly. Toss with the greens and serve.

6-8 servings

Note: To make ahead, combine everything but the greens and chill. Toss in the greens at the last minute.

Summer Fuss-Less Salad

Ran across this recipe this week and had to share.  As the author states, anytime I can spend less time and add less heat to my kitchen these summer days, I am all in!!  Thank you veggiezest.

Chick peas are your protein source, so a great evening meal.  This would also be a great leftover lunch in a jar..just load in this order, chick peas, dressing, onions, tomatoes, etc..with lettuce at top of jar.  Will stay fresh for a week in fridge.

With the summer at its peak – its being a challenge stepping into the kitchen cooking with heat these days. I want quick meals where I don’t have to spend too much time to stand in front of the heat stirring and mixing. I have been making a lot more things like salads, popsicles and […]

via Fattoush Salad {vegan} — veggiezest

4th of July Recipe – Antipasto Salad

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If you are here in the USA this weekend, chances are you will head off to a 4th of July Celebration. Rather than showing up with the typical side dish, or the dreaded veggie tray, try this simple recipe that requires very little prep and tastes amazing!  This way you can load your plate with veggies with a side of hamburger.

 

 

Antipasto Salad

recipe: Cooking Light shared by 43fitness.com

3 cups (2″) sliced asparagus (about 3/4 lb)
3 cups quartered mushrooms (about 3/4 lb)
1 cup red bell pepper cut into strips
1/2 cup pitted ripe olives
3 oz. part-skim mozzarella cheese, cubed (about 2/3 cup)
1 (14 oz) can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
1 (11.5 oz) jar pickled pepperoncini peppers, drained
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley (i cheated and use dried)
2 tbl extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbl dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp blk pepper
3 garlic cloves minced

  1. Steam asparagus, covered for 2 min. Drain and plunge into ice water; drain well. Combine the asparagus, mushrooms, and the next 5 ingredients (mushrooms through pepperoncini peppers) in large bowl.
  2. Combine vinegar and remaining ingredients in a small bowl; stir well with a whisk. Pour vinaigrette over the vegetable mixture, tossing gently to coat. Cover and marinate in fridge for 2 hrs. Yield 20 (1/2 cup) servings. Serve chilled or @ room temp.

Thank you 43fitness.com for introducing it to me years ago. It has been my favorite pot luck dish ever since.  By the way, I will sometimes make this salad on Sunday and put the 1/2 cup serving over two handfuls of spinach or greens as a lunch all week long too!

Happy 4th everyone!

 

 

How to pack salads for the week

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If you haven’t found this trick before, here it is!  It is a keeper because it helps you pack 5 days worth of salads in one sitting.  They really do stay fresh and the lettuce does not get soggy.  The art is in how you stack your ingredients.  Build these in tupperware containers or any tall container, like mason jars, that seal tightly.  Here’s how:

  1. Start with salad dressing. Since you keep the jar upright, the salad dressing will stay separated from your veggies. This is great if you don’t want to pack a separate container for dressing. 2 TBS
  2. Veggies are next. Start with harder veggies like carrots, radishes, onions, and chickpeas that will taste lovely mingling with the dressing. Then go for anything else like bell peppers, chopped cukes, and cherry tomatoes.  Put in LOTS.
  3. Layer up the greens. This should take up at least half the jar. Go for packaged greens to save time, or if you’re using your own, make sure they’re dry.  Again LOTS..fill that jar full!
  4. Protein last. Sprinkle sautéed tofu, marinated tempeh, grilled chicken, or cubed or shredded cheese on top. These will help push the lighter-weight greens down so you add even more to your jar. You can also add avocado, nuts or seeds, and dried fruit. Palm sized portion on protien.
  5. Tightly seal by putting on the top to keep extra air out.  Store upright in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  6. Shake or pour when you’re ready. At lunchtime, you can either shake up the container to distribute the dressing, or if you have the luxury, pour the entire contents into a bowl and mix it up with your fork.

A little planning goes a long way to save you time in the long way.  Whether you use these for your family dinners or to take on the go, enjoy!