Make a great salad…today!

I love salad! There is a gif circulating the internet right now of a woman that is grossed out by the salad she is eating. I was shocked by this and by how many people do not like salad. Salad needs a better reputation…it is a freedom meal! You can make a salad how ever you want. No matter your mood, you can create a salad to fit how you’re feeling.

Here are some tips to creating a delicious salad every time.

Dressing
Finding a good salad dressing, that you love, is key to a great salad.  I am super picky with dressings so I make my own. It is quick and yummy! I add a squirt of mustard, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley flakes, and a splash of water…shake it up and enjoy!

Base
Start with a good base! I buy a huge tub of the organic spring mix every week. To keep it fresh I put a paper towel on the bottom of the container and the top.

Cheese
Cheese is my favorite part of salad! I love either goat cheese or feta cheese in my salad! Make sure to have your favorite cheese on hand!

Color
The more colors you have in a salad, the more delicious and healthy it will be!! Try some diced red peppers and carrots! I shave my carrots with a peeler…I don’t like chunks of carrots in my salad.

Construction
The best tip I ever learned about making salads was to add lemon juice to the lettuce before anything else! So I mix my lettuce with a squirt of lemon juice and then I toss it with my dressing….after it is all tossed with dressing, then I add my veggies and cheese!!

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Shaved carrots, red peppers, almonds, and goat cheese!

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Avocado and goat cheese

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Strawberries, chicken cutlets pieces, rice, and feta

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Shaved carrots, red peppers, tomatoes, and goat cheese!

Easy Chicken Broccoli Pasta

I try and make one meal for everyone. It is hard enough to get dinner on the table…let alone separate meals for the kids. I have been trying to make a meal that everyone likes BUT that can be switched up!

Last night I made this quick, easy meal! The girls loved it, and then I added a few things to my husband’s and mine…it was a hit all around!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • olive oil
  • 2 cups of frozen broccoli
  • 1/2 pound pasta (I used cut pasta)
  • Fresh lemon, chopped tomatoes, and grated cheese (Use these as ad ons)

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to the directions on the box. Once finished cooking, drain and toss with olive oil and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile saute onion in 2 table spoons of olive oil. Cook on medium heat for 2 – 3 minutes, add chopped garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Add frozen broccoli and put the lid on. Cook for about 5 – 8 minutes (until broccoli is cooked)
  3. I took my broccoli out and cut it into little pieces and then returned it to the pan.
  4. Toss the pasta and the broccoli mixture
  5. Sprinkle with grated cheese and enjoy!
  6. For a more adult meal…once I served the girls, I made a bowl for my husband and myself. Then I took half of a lemon and squeezed the juice on both bowls. Once I finished, I tossed each bowl of pasta. I also cut up tomatoes and roasted them in the broiler (on high for about 8 – 10 mins). I added the tomatoes and some crushed red pepper to our bowls. It was so yummy! The lemon really added a good flavor!
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I love this pasta! Spaghetti that is already cut up…thank you!

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Get florets! Broccoli pieces have a lot of end pieces that are tough or little ones to chew!

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This was the kid version of the pasta before I added to it for me and my husband

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I added lemon, roasted tomatoes, and red pepper flakes to my husband’s and mine! YUMMY!!

Cauliflower and Pancetta Mac and Cheese (Recipe)

This was delicious! All of us enjoyed it! If you are looking for a quick easy meal, give this a try! Here is the Recipe. It is another Hello Fresh gem!!!

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Mini Meatballs are a Big Hit! *Giveaway*

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I pride myself in making my family fresh homemade meals…but let’s be real, between working full time, extra curricular activities, and life…sometimes it doesn’t happen. So I am always on the look out for pre-made foods that taste good and are good for my family as well!

I found this brand while roaming the frozen food section. I love that the ingredients are simple and I can pronounce all of them! Here are the ingredients to the chicken meatballs!

Ingredients: Chicken raised without antibiotics, Water, Seasoning (sugar, sea salt, spices, onion powder, Apple flavor [ vegetable oil and apple extract], spice extractives), Breadcrumbs (unbleached wheat flour, salt, yeast), Dried apples, Sunflower lecithin. Contains Wheat.

My youngest daughter loves these! They are the perfect size for her little hands, she can poke them successfully with her fork! They heat up quickly and taste great too!

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I have been giving her these since she was about 12 months old. I used to cut them up for her, but now she eats them whole. They are very soft and easy to chew! Check out their website! They have a lot of different yummy food! Here is their Facebook Page! Their products are made by moms…like us!

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About the brand: Mom Made Foods’ products are flash frozen to preserve flavor, nutrients, color and natural texture. They contain no preservatives, no trans fats, no artificial colors, no added sugars. They are also non-GMO, are lower in sodium than their conventional counter parts and all meat items are made with antibiotic-free meats. UsingUSDA-certified organic and antibiotic-free ingredients, Mom Made Foods provides families with healthy versions of macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and other family-friendly food staples

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