Arugula and Beet Salad

This salad makes every day better… I’ve been eating variations of it for lunch most days, and still haven’t gotten sick of it (knock on wood). I usually eat it as a “side salad” and have a chicken sausage with it. To me, it’s a winter salad because of the beets and hearts of palms; However, it’s so good that it might transform into my spring, summer, fall, and winter salad. Enjoy!

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Arugula and Beet Salad

Ingredients:

  • Arugula
  • Baby Beets
  • Hearts of Palm
  • Goat Cheese Gouda or just regular Goat Cheese
  • Orange Flavored Cranberries
  • Sweet and Spicy Pecans
  • Shredded Cabbage (optional, and not pictured)

*Note: All these ingredients are purchased from Trader Joe’s, with the exception of the pecans, which are homemade. Additionally, I don’t measure much, so add as much or as little as you’d like of each ingredient.

Directions:

Throw as much arugula that you’d like in a bowl (and cabbage if you’re adding that to it as well)

Dice one beet, one heart of palm, and as much goat cheese gouda as you’d like, and put on top of the arugula bed

Top with cranberries and pecans

Put on your dressing — I use cranberry, walnut, and gorgonzola dressing from TJ’s, but most vinaigrette’s should work

Toss salad and serve immediately

Pesto Chicken Pizza

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If you follow me on Instagram, you may have picked up on the fact that we eat pizza pretty much every Friday. Since the wedding and getting some new tools for the kitchen (mixer, pizza stone, pizza peel), I’m loving trying new pizza combinations. This pesto chicken pizza was so delicious, I couldn’t not share!

Pesto Chicken Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Homemade or store-bought dough <— I just use regular flour for my homemade dough, but I like this recipe because it has a little bit more water than others I’ve tried.
  • Pesto
  • Mozzarella Ball
  • Diced Rotisserie Chicken
  • Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425, and place pizza stone in the oven as it heats up.

Sprinkle corn meal on to pizza peel.

Roll out or toss pizza dough in air to form a circle the size of your pizza peel or a little bit smaller.  If it ends up being a little larger, that’s ok, just means more of a crust edge.

Transfer dough onto pizza peel.

Spread about 1 TBS (or a little more) of pesto onto dough, covering the dough with a thin layer.

Next, put the diced rotisserie chicken on top of the pesto.

Place mozzarella over top of pesto & chicken. Don’t worry about covering every inch of the pizza if you are using mozzarella ball slices, because the cheese will melt down and cover the whole surface. If you are using shredded mozzarella cheese, then cover it all.

Bake for 12-16 minutes, depending on how brown you like your cheese and crust. We like ours on the more cooked side, so we leave it in closer to 16 minutes.

Take pizza out of oven on the pizza peel and let cool for at least 5 minutes. This helps it to set, and it wont burn your mouth when you take a bite <— muy importante!

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Here’s to the weekend!

Man, what a two weeks. I was off work for about 10 days, including the weekends… and it was glorious to have a long break! I’ve been back at work two days, and after that long break, I feel motivated and inspired to be back at work. Isn’t that what vacations are for?!

How was your new years? Our was extremely low-key… we ordered Outback for dinner, watched the movie flight, and then a Happy Endings marathon until the ball dropped. Did you ever watch Happy Endings? It’s really the best/funniest show ever, and for some reason they took it off air! Such a travesty :( Did you decide to do resolutions? I didn’t and think I’m just going to enjoy life as is, and keep working on things I worked on in 2013, like less time on social media and being present.

Onto the recap of food, workouts, and favorites on the web for the week.

Food:

NEW years food

1. New Years Day meal at our house – our first holiday at the new place! I made roasted pork, sauerkraut, my grandma’s Czech bread dumplings, roasted broccoli, applesauce, and lots of desserts! <— grandma’s dumplings are the absolute best and my family loves them. I made two loaves and we probably could have had 5 loaves 2. Challah french toast + bacon 3. Champagne with raspberries at midnight on NYE.

Workouts:

Saturday: yoga – Sunday: nothing – Monday:  elliptical – Tuesday: strength training – Wednesday: nothing – Thursday: nothing – Friday: 5 minute warm-up on elliptical, 45-ish minutes of weights

I feel meh about the workouts this week. I’m looking forward to getting back on track with a normal week coming up. I find it harder to work out when the routine breaks (e.g. new  years in the middle of the week), but trying to keep up with it because it gives me energy and makes me feel better overall.  Good thing there is always a new day tomorrow :)

Favorite Links on the Web:

Do you consider yourself organized? Here’s 10 tips of the highly-organized people.

This HuffPost article by about what love is… especially with cancer. I was tearing up at work reading this.

At a loss as to what you should include in your smoothie? No fear, this is the perfect guide!

I’m bad about taking care of my nails, but this routine looks like one I could follow…

This paleo appetizer must be made very soon… these looks so good!

I’m on a big pesto kick right now, so pesto roasted chicken sounds like a great dish. Maybe for next week’s dinner?

Ok… time for bed! It’s been a long, busy Friday. Hope you have a wonderful & productive weekend!