Blueberry Salad with Hazelnuts and Feta

Posted on July 15 by
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Ingredients

Salad Dressing

1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Salad

8 ounces (230g, about 10 cups) mixed salad greens or torn lettuce
1 cup blueberries
1/4 cup roasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

Salad Dressing

Whisk together the vinegars, mustard, pepper, and salt in a large bowl. Continue whisking constantly while very slowly drizzling in the olive oil. Continue whisking until the dressing is thickened and emulsified.

Salad

Toss the lettuce with the dressing until well coated. Divide the dressed lettuce among 4 (for side salads) or 2 (for entree sized salads) bowls. Distribute the blueberries, hazelnuts, and feta evenly among the bowls, sprinkling on top of the lettuce. Serve immediately.

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7 Ways to Fight Food Boredom (When You Just Can’t Eat the Same Thing One More Time)

Posted on July 06 by
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Seek Out Fresh Ideas...

Sometimes all it takes to spark some creativity in the kitchen is a little inspiration. Browse the photos in a cookbook you haven’t opened in a while. Social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram are also flooded with gorgeous food photos and recipes that could be just what you need to dream up your next meal.

Start a Tradition...

Push yourself to get creative by committing to a theme and finding different ways to work within it each week. For example, start doing Meatless Mondays and pledge to eat only plants one day a week. Or, make taco Tuesdays a thing and try different fillings each week.

Experiment with Herbs and Spices...

Give your palate something new by mixing up a spice blend using what you have in your spice rack. There are also some great pre-mixed varieties you can buy at the store. Rub it on fish, poultry or veggies before you put them on the grill.

If you’re up for a more ambitious project, try growing a windowsill garden. Having fresh basil, cilantro, rosemary or thyme on hand can help add some flavor to your menu. If they grow faster than you can keep up with, try pulsing the fresh herbs down in a food processor, placing them in an ice cube tray with some olive oil on top, and freezing them to use later.

Peruse the Produce Section...

The next time you’re at the grocery store or your local farmers market, track down a vegetable you don’t normally eat (or even know what to do with). Then search for a recipe online that contains that vegetable and, voila, you’re on your way to cooking up something new.

Get Reacquainted With Your Gadgets...

When’s the last time you dug your slow cooker out of the cupboard? Or used that vegetable spiralizer you got for Christmas? Use what’s already in your kitchen to mix up your meals. Or, if it’s feasible, invest in a new tool that you know you’ll get a lot of use out of. Air fryers and pressure cookers are especially popular right now, and you can easily find recipes for them online.

Skip the Cooking...

Standing over a hot stove or oven isn’t a mandatory step for preparing a good meal. If you’re not in the mood to cook, trying throwing together a dinner board and eating it al fresco style. We eat with our eyes first, so focus on foods that are both nutritious and colorful, including fresh fruits and veggies with hummus. Find meats that don’t have a lot of nitrates and that aren’t overly processed. Maybe try wrapping some prosciutto around pieces of melon. If you want to include cheeses on your board, use varieties like feta or goat, or hard cheeses like Parmesan or sharp cheddar.

Make it a Pizza Night...

For many people, pizza is a favorite indulgence. But instead of ordering a greasy pie from a chain pizza place, turn your craving into a crafty night at home. Make a homemade cauliflower crust, or buy a frozen premade thin crust at the store. Grab a jar of sauce while you’re at it (but it check for added sugar first!). Skip the processed meats and load your homemade pizzas up with fresh veggies instead. That’s going to be a really good way to get the volume and mouth feel you want without adding a lot of calories. Sprinkle some cheese on top and pop it in the oven.

If all else fails and you still find yourself in a food rut, now is a great time to support your favorite independent restaurants that have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis. There are healthy ways to order takeout – and it comes with a feel-good bonus of supporting your local economy.

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Avocado Chicken Salad

Posted on June 23 by
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Ingredients

2lbs cooked chicken
¾ cup celery, diced
½ cup walnuts, chopped
1 1/2 cups mashed avocado (about 4 small or 2 large avocados)
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup grapes, quartered
2 Tbsp dijon mustard
1 Tbsp dried chives
2 tsp cumin
½ tsp salt
Ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

Serve immediately on your favorite bed of greens or with your favorite crackers.

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Are you struggling with lack of weight loss and interrupted sleep?

Posted on June 16 by
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Closing the kitchen after dinner is an easy way to shave off some pounds and get a better night's sleep.

Try a walk after dinner, have a cup of herbal tea or change your evening routine to stay out of the kitchen after dinner.

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