Chopped Salad with Colorful Squashes in a Honey Garlic Vinaigrette

Zucchini SaladWe’ve had more than our share of fun these past few months. Fun that included more than our share of food.

That being said, it’s time to skinny up our diet before the holidays hit. My plan is to add extra salads back into our daily meal plans, starting with this chopped salad with crunchy squash, spicy red onion and sunflower seeds.

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Kale Salad with Quinoa, Parmesan Cheese and Sunflower Seeds

Kale and Quinoa Salad

For more than a few good reasons, you’ll find kale salads make frequent appearances on our dinner table.

Kale and Quinoa Salad

Spend just one minute searching for kale on the internet and you’ll produce hundreds of websites touting the health benefits of this leafy green vegetable.

That’s because it’s packed with antioxidants like vitamins A, C and K , which studies believe contribute to the prevention of various  cancers.

Kale is also loaded with fiber, so if you want to lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease, kale is the way to go.

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Zucchini Salad with Pecans and a Sweet and Lemony Vinaigrette

Zucchin Salad with PecansTired of zucchini recipes yet? No worries, this zucchini salad will bring back your love of this abundant summer squash.

Zucchini Salad with Pecans

Like many of you, my vegetable garden is overflowing with zucchini. I can’t give away this healthy squash because every gardener in the country is trying to give away their excess, and then some!

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Recipe: Fruit Salad with Cantaloupe, Grapes, Walnuts and Goat Cheese

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Fruit Salad with Cantaloupe, Grapes, Walnuts and Goat Cheese

In the spirit of providing my family with the nutrients we need to be healthy and happy, once in a blue moon I’ll chop up a fruit salad.

I’m one of those crazy people who isn’t fond of fruits. I’ll pop a carrot in my mouth before you’ll see me crunch on a grape.

That being said, if you serve me a dazzling fruit salad, I might eat a scoopful. After all, it’s a well known fact that eating 7 – 8 servings of fruits and vegetables is good for your body, and I don’t want to miss out.

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Recipe: Asparagus Salad with Sun Dried Tomato and a Lemony Vinaigrette

If, like many of us, you may have gained a pound or two over the holidays, then you came to the right place. For the month of January I’ll be posting ultra skinny recipes to get us on track, and those numbers on the scale in check.

Asparagus Salad

This asparagus salad with a sweet balsamic dressing is the perfect way to get back to your healthy eating lifestyle.

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Mediterranean Asparagus Salad with Baby Kale, Sun Dried Tomato, and Avocado

I’m sorry to see summer come to an end. Here in Seattle, we’ve had an amazing run of glorious sun. If you’re a Seattleite, you know summers like this are few and far between.

Mediterranean Asparagus Salad with Kale, Sun Dried Tomato, Avocado and Feta Cheese

Mediterranean Asparagus Salad with Kale, Sun Dried Tomato, Avocado and Feta Cheese

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Salmon and Red Chard Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette and Goat Cheese

Do people avoid cooking because recipes have too many ingredients and complicated instructions?

Salmon and Chard Salad

As my lovely sister-in-law and I were drooling over salad recipes this weekend, Vanessa made just that comment.

She said that many recipes required an amazing list of ingredients, most of which she would have to buy, and probably never use again.

What’s more, the instructions were endless. As a working mother of two young boys, she had no time, or energy, to tackle a cooking project.

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Recipe: Chopped Kale Salad with Apples, Cucumbers and Ham

I love date day with the girls.

Especially when the date includes Debbie, Sandi and good food like this kale salad with apples, cucumbers and ham.

Chopped Kale Salad with Apples, Cucumbers and Ham
The inspiration for this crunchy salad came from a local Asian food truck. I was so intrigued by the combination of ingredients that I had to attempt to recreate it myself, and who better to try it out on then Debbie and Sandi.

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