Sponsored Healthy Recipe: Thai Steak Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Beef Checkoff. I received products to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. When I received an opportunity to partner with the Beef Checkoff to host a party featuring a beef recipe, I was really excited. So many people think that if you want to eat healthy, you can’t eat red meat… but that’s just not true. As long as you’re choosing {Read More}

Healthy Carb-Loading Meal: Nicoise-Inspired Salad

Tomorrow, I’m going to be hiking my very first 14er (mountain with a summit that is 14,000 feet or higher). But when my friend Mike and I went hiking yesterday on a much smaller peak for about 90 minutes, I was completely wiped out. Hiking can be pretty intense! When Mike mentioned that it would probably be about a four hour hike to the top on Saturday, I realized it would probably be just about as strenuous as a full marathon. Time to {Read More}

Restaurant Review: Chopt Creative Salad

Today was a super productive day for me – which is why I’m not writing this blog post till so late at night! But I wanted to take the opportunity to talk a little bit more about my latest obsession: chopped salads. Up until this year, I had never had a chopped salad before. The classic “chopped salad” is what a lot of steakhouses serve: iceberg lettuce, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, avocado, blue cheese, bacon, tomato, onion, and an {Read More}

Association for Slender Salad Eaters ‘Round the Year (A.S.S.E.R.Y.)

While you all were complaining about your gyms being invaded by New Year’s Resolutioners, I didn’t have that problem…. I had my own, personal workout room. Of course, the gorgeous elliptical only taunted me, since Rachel won’t still let me do cardio till next week, but I got busy with the free weights, and kicked my butt so hard that it was already sore when I woke up. Yay! But while I may be bragging about getting to use whatever {Read More}

Quick Tagine-Style Chicken with Green Pepper and Tomato Salad

I’ve had this recipe saved for a while, and never gotten around to making it. Today I had some chicken and some cilantro that was going bad, so I thought this would be a good fit. After picking up some prunes, I was good to go.Chicken recipe notes:I used 1/2 tbsp of oil, and 6 oz chicken. I kept the rest of the recipe as-is, just cut down for one serving. Salad recipe notes:You definitely don’t need that much oil {Read More}

Healthy Meal: Champagne Chicken and Baby Beluga Lentil Salad

When I was at Trader Joe’s yesterday, the sample of the day was black beluga lentils on a bed of lettuce, with a balsamic vinaigrette on top. I thought it was delicious, and grabbed a bag of the beluga lentils so I could try making it myself. While I was trying to decide what to pair with it, my mom sent me a link to some recipes from French Women Don’t Get Fat (I had read the book several times {Read More}

Healthy Meal: Curried Butternut Squash Soup and Waldorf Salad with Epic Dressing

Today’s lunch is really combining two favorites. I love butternut squash soup because it’s so healthy, but thought I would try a different recipe to mix it up. My old recipe for butternut squash soup has an apple thrown in, so I thought maybe I’d combine it with a favorite Waldorf salad of mine that has apples in it… Um, so I totally just went to go find the link to the last time I posted butternut squash soup, and {Read More}

Healthy Meal: Sirloin Bourguignonne Burger and Greek Salad

This is one of the first things I “learned how to cook” when I first started cooking. It’s not really cooking, per se; it’s really just grilling and combining a few different ingredients. However, it comes out really good, and the flavors work well together. I paired it with a simple Greek salad. Recipe notes for the burger:I’ve changed this recipe a lot, though I think Food Network may have changed it on their site? I distinctly remember using a {Read More}

Healthy Meal: Iceberg Salad with Tangy Cilantro Dressing

Tonight I’m trying to save lots of calories for all the alcohol I’ll be drinking, so I wanted something light. When I started thinking about it, for some reason I got a craving for this simple salad with a yummy cilantro-lime-onion dressing. It’s very simple and very low-cal, but unfortunately not that nutritious… can’t win them all! Usually this gets paired with a meal (I usually make chicken tortilla soup with it, and go for a Mexican theme), so it {Read More}

Healthy Meal: Spanakopita Chicken Meatballs with Spicy Cucumber and Yogurt Sauce

Work has been a bit busy the past few days, but it’s finally the weekend and I am on vacation until Wednesday!!! Hurray. I’m heading out to celebrate with a few friends, so I wanted to make a fairly light dinner but something that was still filling so I wouldn’t want as much cider :) This is one of my old favorites that I pulled out. Apologies for the dark pictures; I really need to get some better lighting in {Read More}