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!
Arugula and Beet Salad
- 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.
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
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
- 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.
- Mozzarella Ball
- Diced Rotisserie Chicken
- Parmesan Cheese
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!
Happy happy Monday! What a cold morning to get the week going, I’m already wishing I was back on the mountain!
Happy birthday, Dad!
My amazing dad is 57 today! He is such a great man, and has been a role model of perseverance, trust, and love through my life. Here’s to many more years! Happy birthday, Dad! Love you lots!
This was just a glimpse of my weekend view. It was spectacular!
The weekend at Wintergreen Resort (although we stayed in a rented house) was so relaxing and lots of fun! Here’s a couple pics to sum up the weekend:
- Beer tasting at Devils Backbone Brewery
- The mass amount of meat, cheeses, dips, chips, and bread that we snacked on after our wine/beer tasting tour
- The two bottles of wine I bought at Wintergreen Vineyard
- The cool cabbage plant and Devils Backbone Brewery signage
- Enjoying the best pumpkin beer I’ve ever had via Devils Backbone Brewery
Work Week Meals
Since I was out of town, and driving home on Sunday, I planned out meals and grocery shopped when I got home. Here’s what we’re having this week:
One quick note regarding the chipotle chicken salad via Simply Scratch which you may have seen me post on instagram (julie_quinn)… go make this now! It is so delicious and a great change of pace for lunches.
When the fiancé asked me last night if I wanted to workout, I didn’t even hesitate to say no. I knew after the enjoyable weekend I had, the gym must be my friend this week! It’s all about balance right ;)
This morning I did the Monday GPP workout, and holy cow…this workout was a chest burner! Since I am new to the whole GPP workouts, I have been modifying, so the workout for me was about half of what was prescribed, and thank goodness. Overall, it felt to be back in the gym and get a good sweat in! Looking forward to a full week of workouts (and sweating).
1. How was your weekend? What’d you do?
2. What kind of meals are you eating this week?
3. What does your workouts look like this week?
Man, did I make a good dinner tonight (if I have to say so myself!)!
Based off this recipe via Skinny Taste: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/07/sausage-stuffed-zucchini-boats.html
My only tweak to the recipe… I used ground turkey meat instead of sausage! Otherwise, followed it as detailed in the link.
QA: What’s your favorite new recipe?
Sometimes you just don’t have much in your fridge/freezer. This is one of those times. This is also a time when I decided to make up a recipe, and it turned out really good. Thank you Italian genes for pulling me through and coming up with an Italian salsa (of sorts).
As I put my ingredients into the pan, it started to smoke. I have this very natural fear of fire, and every time a pan starts to smoke because I haven’t properly cleaned the grease off it, I get anxiety. So first I turn the burner back off and pull the pan off stove. I make sure it’s just grease burning off, then I grab a salt shaker and prepare to dump it on the burner, then I curse myself for not having bought a fire extinguisher yet! I can’t handle the anxiety any longer. Extinguisher is being bought this weekend if it’s the last thing I do. The pan goes back onto the stove and cooks.
While ingredients are cooking on the stove, pork chops are drenched in basting oil, and stuck into the oven. Like my countertops? me too… not. Can’t wait to go Young House Love on a house I own.
While the chops are cooking, you try to not eat the delectableness in the pan on the stove. I couldn’t stop nibbling on it… SO GOOD. I could have eaten a whole bowl of just that, but I didn’t.
I took the ingredients and carefully spooned it over the perfectly cooked pork chop. If you’ve ever cooked pork, you probably know that pork is so temperamental! That stuff will over cook in a matter of seconds, and luckily I took it out of the oven seconds before it over cooked.
ITALIAN SALSA & PORK CHOPS
- 1tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 green pepper
- 1/2 red pepper
- 1/2 yellow onion
- 3 tbsp bacon bits
- 2 tbsp sundried tomatoes
- chopped garlic
- pinch s + p
- 2 pork chops
- basting oil
- 2 sprinkles of parmesan cheese
- Turn oven to 350
- Warm olive oil in large frying pan on medium
- Once oil is warm, place diced onions and peppers, bacon bits, sundried tomatoes, chopped garlic, pinch of s+p into frying pan (creating Italian Salsa)
- Let cook until vegetables become soft, continually stirring
- In the meantime, pour a small amount of basting oil in the bottom of a 8×8 baking dish, place pork chops on top of basting oil, and pour more basting oil on top of pork chops
- Cook pork chops for 30 minutes (this depends on thickness and size of pork chops)
- Take pork chops out of the oven when done, and top with Italian Salsa
- Mangia, Mangia!!