The Healthy Foodie http://thehealthyfoodie.com A Healthy Living Blog with a Strong Paleo Flavor! Hey, who says eating healthy has to be boring? Mon, 29 Jun 2015 23:00:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Stewed Pork Loin with Butternut Squash Apple & Raisins http://thehealthyfoodie.com/stewed-pork-loin-with-butternut-squash-apple-raisins/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/stewed-pork-loin-with-butternut-squash-apple-raisins/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 23:00:18 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436672954 Recently, I was in the mood for a great big bowl of my Apple and Butternut Squash Pulled Pork Casserole but I also didn’t feel like cooking at all. I just wanted to make some kind of dish that would have me throw everything in a pot, shove it in the oven and forget about it until it was ready to eat. […]

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Recently, I was in the mood for a great big bowl of my Apple and Butternut Squash Pulled Pork Casserole but I also didn’t feel like cooking at all. I just wanted to make some kind of dish that would have me throw everything in a pot, shove it in the oven and forget about it until it was ready to eat.

So I decided to change things up a bit and instead, made a Stewed Pork Loin with Butternut Squash, Apple & Raisins.

At first, I wasn’t even going to log the recipe because I figured it was way too similar to something I’d already made. But then, when I saw the pork roast resting prettily in the Dutch oven, all covered in onion slices and rosemary, I kinda changed my mind and decided to snap a few pictures and take notes, just in case.

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Honestly, I’m happy I did: while this new dish is fairly similar to the original, there are still a few minor differences between the two that may lead you to choose one over the other. For one, I really toned down the sweetness in this new version, and upped the tanginess quite a notch, too.

Also, the way the meat is handled here gives your plate a much more substantial feel to it… and you can easily separate the meat from its accompaniments, so you can have both components separately if you so desire.

Last but not least, this new version doesn’t have you spend quite as much time in the kitchen (and cooks faster, too) ) as it needs no attendance from you whatsoever while it’s doing its thing in the oven. Well, save from removing the lid after a little while, that is…which really shouldn’t take too long!

In short, this dish belongs to what I like tho call the “Prep and Forget” category!

Let’s get started with the prep… continue reading

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Creamy Lamb and Eggplant Casserole http://thehealthyfoodie.com/creamy-lamb-and-eggplant-casserole/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/creamy-lamb-and-eggplant-casserole/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:00:39 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436672935 Between working 2 jobs and writing a cookbook, I’d been so busy over the last 3 years that my house got seriously neglected, the poor thing. Since I’d like to avoid seeing my precious home go to ruins, I decided that I would take things a bit easier with the blog this summer and that […]

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Between working 2 jobs and writing a cookbook, I’d been so busy over the last 3 years that my house got seriously neglected, the poor thing.

Since I’d like to avoid seeing my precious home go to ruins, I decided that I would take things a bit easier with the blog this summer and that I would give my house the tender loving care that it deserves.

For the last month and a half, I’ve been spending a great deal of time working around the yard, doing stuff like weeding the flower beds, where WAY more weeds than flowers were growing, and fixing the fence which the wind had torn down an entire section of on Christmas day of last year. I’d managed to put it back up with the help of my son-in-law and we held it in place as best we could with a bunch of ropes tied to various trees and branches… but needless to say it needed a more permanent solution!

My to-do list is still so full of projects, I’m not even quite sure that I’ll have enough time this summer to complete everything, especially not with the upcoming knee surgery. The simple task of weeding the flowerbeds must have taken me well over 20 hours, just to give you an idea…

Still, I’m taking things one day at a time, crossing tasks off my to-do list slowly but surely. I must admit that I’m enjoying the time spent working on projects that don’t involve pots and pans, a camera or a computer.

So that explains why I’ve been posting a little less often and haven’t been quite as present on my social pages, lately.

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Fear not, though, I’m still finding time to come up with some new tasty and creative dishes, such as this Creamy Lamb and Eggplant Casserole.

The inspiration for this one came to me out of a craving I got for the cinnamon rice that they sometimes serve with their shish-kabobs at my favorite Lebanese food joint. That special rice has a very subtle spiced flavor with tiny little pieces of meat in it. For some reason, though, they don’t always have it; more often than not, they’re only option is plain white rice.

So I decided to try and make something similar at home, but to also kick it up a notch. But then you know, me being me, I got carried away and the dish turned into something entirely different… but totally heavenly!

This Creamy Lamb and Eggplant Casserole has got to be one of the best things I’ve eaten over the last, well…. let’s leave it at recently! It is nicely spiced, but not overly so. The eggplant confers a comforting creaminess to the dish while the lamb gives it tons of flavor. The addition of raisins adds a hint of sweetness that your palate will no doubt seriously appreciate. I’m telling you, this is like nothing I’ve ever eaten before, but I get the feeling I’ll be eating it again, and often.

And if you dare give it a try, I think you will, too!

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Magic Broccoli and Carrot Salad http://thehealthyfoodie.com/magic-broccoli-and-carrot-salad/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/magic-broccoli-and-carrot-salad/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 23:00:46 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436672906 Guys, I’m not kidding when I say that this Broccoli and Carrot Salad is some kind of magic! Just wait until you hear what makes me say that and I’m almost certain you’ll totally agree with me. Or perhaps you won’t even believe me and will need to experience it for yourself, first! But anyway, hear me […]

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Guys, I’m not kidding when I say that this Broccoli and Carrot Salad is some kind of magic!

Just wait until you hear what makes me say that and I’m almost certain you’ll totally agree with me. Or perhaps you won’t even believe me and will need to experience it for yourself, first!

But anyway, hear me out. When I made this salad, a couple of weeks ago, I had a very specific intent in mind. Wait… make that two. Firstly, I wanted to log the recipe for the benefit of a few people who had requested it on Instagram. But, since I’d just recently made a batch and ate it all to myself, I decided that I would bring it as one of my contributions to my baby grand-daughter‘s “Welcome to this World” pot-luck dinner party, my other contribution being the official “Welcome Baby” cake my daughter had asked me to make.

The party was scheduled for the Saturday, so I made the salad on the Wednesday, knowing full well that I would be running like mad and dedicating whatever free time I had on the Thursday and Friday to work on that very important cake. (there wasn’t even time for me to take pictures, and I forgot to take my camera to the party!!! YAY ME! At least my daughter managed to snatch these few shots for me) 

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The day after the party, I was trying to make some room in my fridge and butted against this big white ceramic bowl way in the back of the bottom shelf. I thought to myself “what the …?”, reached for the intruder and removed it from its hiding place, only to come face to face with this… you guessed it: Broccoli and Carrot Salad! With all the excitement surrounding the making of the cake and organizing the party, I’d TOTALLY forgotten about the salad. GAH!

It was now Sunday… the dish had been in the fridge for 4 days already! There was enough to feed a crowd, and there was only one of me to eat it. How in the world was I gonna manage to finish it all by myself before it went bad? Especially now that I’m following a “cutting” diet with very specific macros; this salad was WAY to high in fat for me to finish it within 2 to 3 days… I would have needed at least 10!

And how about pictures? Not only had I not had time to take pictures of the cake, but I’d totally forgotten to immortalize the finished salad! Surely it looked all tired and wilted by now! I removed the plastic film, and THIS is what I revealed: continue reading

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Lamb Kabobs with Apples and Dates http://thehealthyfoodie.com/lamb-kabobs-with-apples-and-dates/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/lamb-kabobs-with-apples-and-dates/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 23:00:12 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436672885 I’m not feeling all that great today. Actually, to tell you the truth, I’m sort of scared out of my mind. I suddenly find myself very uncertain as to what my immediate future will be like and I’m not too sure how to deal with this new reality of mine… I’ll have to take things […]

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I’m not feeling all that great today. Actually, to tell you the truth, I’m sort of scared out of my mind. I suddenly find myself very uncertain as to what my immediate future will be like and I’m not too sure how to deal with this new reality of mine… I’ll have to take things one day at time, I guess!

I don’t want to bore you with the details, but let me at least give you a quick recap. Some of you might remember that I suffered a knee injury back in February of 2014 and, as a result, I had been forced to put my training on hold for a while. I then worked with a private coach who created personalized training programs for me while I was waiting for my MRI. With time, my knee eventually got better and stronger, to the point where I felt I was *almost* able to train normally. But, almost exactly a year after my injury, in February of this year, I was finally called in for my MRI. The results weren’t pretty: not only do I have a torn meniscus, as the doctor initially suspected, but I’m also suffering from a torn ACL, and that, from what I understand, contributed to the formation of a baker’s cyst somewhere behind my patella… regal, isn’t it?

Needless to say that an operation is in order! For some reason, that part went really fast, too fast even: I’m scheduled to go in this July 8. Yes, as in THIS COMING July 8. You wait a year just to get the MRI and then BOOM – surgery, just like that!

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Anyway, I met with the orthotist yesterday because I need to have a custom brace (a bit like this one) made for me to wear after the operation. That much, I knew would happen and I didn’t really think much of it… until the doc told me that I would have to wear this darn thing every single day, from morning to bed time, for 6 entire months. After that, I’ll have to wear it every time I exercise for another 6 months. That’s ONE YEAR exercising with a stupid, bulky, ugly brace on my knee.

Of course, I’ll also have to be on crutches for 2 weeks following the operation and won’t be able to move my leg at all…

I am kind of devastated. I mean, I’m happy to think that a year from now, theoretically, my knee will be just like brand new, but in the meantime, I feel like my workouts, my entire lifestyle, will be taking a major hit. I’ve just started a new program and things are going really well, I’m feeling fantastic and enjoying my workouts very much… now this all comes to a halt and I am kind of at a loss as to what to do. I think my condition will be even worse off than it was when I initially got the injury. I’m not even sure how much exercise, if any, I’ll be able to do… I’ll have to wait and see what the doctor tells me.

As far as my “diet” is concerned, I guess I’ll keep doing what I’m doing now, emphasizing on eating lots of protein to prevent muscle loss, a fair amount of carbs to fuel my… to fuel my what? I’m not going to be working out… Argh. I hate that. Hopefully it won’t last too long and I’ll be able to start lifting heavy stuff again before my muscles even had a chance to realize that they were on forced sabbatical!

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One thing I do know is I’ll keep eating good food like these Lamb Kabobs with Apples and Dates.

Hey, I think those would be absolutely FAN-TAS-TIC for Father’s Day, by the way… I mean seriously, can you think of anything more manly than pieces of meat threaded onto a skewer and cooked on the fiery grill? Aside from a mile-high hamburger, that is? I don’t think I can. Plus, kabobs are the ultimate party food, if you ask me. You can make as little or as many as needed, pile them onto a plate, drop them in the middle of the table along with a few sides of salads and grilled veggies and let people build their own plate and decide how much, or how little, they want to eat.

I just ADORE those kinds of convivial meals!

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Classic Coleslaw http://thehealthyfoodie.com/classic-coleslaw/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/classic-coleslaw/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 23:00:06 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436672872 Today’s post will be short and sweet, but that doesn’t mean you won’t appreciate it a great deal. I mean hey, who doesn’t like Classic Coleslaw? You know, that crunchy, sweet and tangy salad made primarily of cabbage that goes good with just about anything? Well, this one tastes JUST like the real thing. Hmpft… not entirely […]

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Today’s post will be short and sweet, but that doesn’t mean you won’t appreciate it a great deal.

I mean hey, who doesn’t like Classic Coleslaw? You know, that crunchy, sweet and tangy salad made primarily of cabbage that goes good with just about anything?

Well, this one tastes JUST like the real thing. Hmpft… not entirely sure we can call it “REAL”, but you know what I’m mean, right? The stuff that can be purchased in big plastic jugs at your local grocery store; the same stuff that they usually serve alongside your favorite sandwich at your favorite deli; the “traditional” coleslaw that comes with your rotisserie chicken at the restaurant…

We’ve all had it, and most of us absolutely love can’t resist it. But let me ask you… have you ever dared taking a good long look at the list of ingredients? Scary! How it is that they managed to take such a healthy dish and turn it into some kind of culinary monstrosity is beyond me.

Tell you what, though: after you’ve made this one, you will never again be tempted to go for the ready-made version; especially not if you have indeed checked that list of ingredients.

Alright, let’s make us some slaw. It’s no rocket science, you’ll see.

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Stupid Easy Meatloaf http://thehealthyfoodie.com/easy-meatloaf/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/easy-meatloaf/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 23:00:37 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436672853 I was expecting company the other day and sadly, I had absolutely nothing in the fridge. To make matters worse, there wasn’t much time to cook either. Normally, I would’ve panicked a little bit, because you know, when I have people eating at my table, I always like to feed them decent food. I’m pretty […]

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I was expecting company the other day and sadly, I had absolutely nothing in the fridge.

To make matters worse, there wasn’t much time to cook either. Normally, I would’ve panicked a little bit, because you know, when I have people eating at my table, I always like to feed them decent food. I’m pretty sure that the old me would’ve resorted to serving some kind of pasta dish that night, but that’s not really an option anymore. So I was at a bit of a loss as to what I was going to feed my guests…

Lucky for me, I’d watched a movie the previous night where they were having what looked like a super simple, classic Meatloaf, complete with mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and some kind of slaw.

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HA! That totally inspired me. Seeing as how the fridge was half empty, I decided that I was going to make a Stupid Easy Meatloaf: a very basic meatloaf that would require no fancy ingredients whatsoever. Nothing but a few pounds of ground beef, a couple of fresh eggs, some grated cauliflower (to replace the breadcrumbs and add some moisture, you know… a meatbrick isn’t exactly what I was after) and a bunch of herbs and spices. All stuff that I usually have on hand at any given time

Honestly, this meatloaf turned out to be so delicious and moist and super tasty, it’ll now be my go-to recipe!

My guests absolutely loved it, my son gave it his seal of approval, and I’m pretty sure that once you’ve tried it, you too will want to adopt it… continue reading

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Sweet Potato and Chicken Hash – Back to counting macros http://thehealthyfoodie.com/sweet-potato-and-chicken-hash/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/sweet-potato-and-chicken-hash/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:28 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436672828 When I initially started my journey to health, my goal had been to eventually get really lean, as in below 20% body fat and even closer to 15%. For years, I calculated my macros religiously and kept a food journal as if my life depended on it. In an effort to lose the extra pounds, […]

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When I initially started my journey to health, my goal had been to eventually get really lean, as in below 20% body fat and even closer to 15%.

For years, I calculated my macros religiously and kept a food journal as if my life depended on it. In an effort to lose the extra pounds, I drastically cut back on my daily calorie intake and considered fat to be my number one enemy. Oh, and of course, I exercised. Sadly, though, at the time, the only exercise I knew how to do, and I thought would get me there was cardio, cardio and more cardio. Needless to say that was a recipe for disaster and I quickly became skinny fat. People would even ask me if I was sick or something.

Eventually, I got a bit wiser about exercising and started lifting some weights. Nothing too serious, though. The heaviest set of weights I owned back then was a pair of 30# dumbbells. Plus, I was still not eating enough to support my workouts and build some much needed muscles. I still thought that the less I ate, the more weight I would lose

Then I discovered the Paleo diet (and CrossFit by the same token) and that’s probably one of the best things that ever happened to me. It helped me learn a great deal about real food, about nourishing your body well, and slowly got me to stop logging my food. I even sort of forgot about the idea of getting sub 20% body fat. Complacency took over; I simply decided that it wasn’t for me and that I could very well live with my more or less 25%. Besides, as an endomorph, I figured that I probably didn’t have the right genetics to go any lower and therefore, I would never be able to get to where I wanted to be, unless I made crazy efforts, exercised for many hours a day, took all kinds of pills and restricted food intake to a point where it would probably become unhealthy. I wasn’t ready to sacrifice my name solely in the name of body image. But in the back of my mind, I’ve always remained unhappy with the amount of fat on my body. I’ve tried all sorts of things to try and bring that down, such as going through 3 months of Ketogenic Diet (which made me miserable as hell and got me absolutely no results whatsoever) and doing over a year of Intermittent Fasting (which probably helped a great deal in keeping my weight in check but never got my body fat percentage to magically drop like some claimed it would).

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Now I just recently came across Michael Matthews’ book – Thinner, Leaner, Stronger and I must say it felt like a real eye opener. Everything Mike says makes perfect sense to me and he has a way of explaining things so they are super easy to understand. I get the feeling that this book will be a life changer for me, just like It Starts with Food has been a couple of years ago. (Funny thing is I got the inspiration for this Sweet Potato and Chicken Hash recipe out of the Whole30 cookbook, which I wholeheartedly recommend you get a copy of, by the way!)

In his book, Mike talks about what foods to eat, when to eat them, in what ratio and tells you why you should eat them. Plus, he is extremely pro “real food”, too, which I greatly appreciate. He’s not trying to convince me that I should eat bread or whole grains for carbs, for instance… he’s having me steer clear of processed foods, for the most part.

The book also includes a no nonsense, easy to follow and extremely adaptable training program that has you lifting real heavy stuff, through a few select compound and isolation exercises, most of which use free weights, i.e. barbells and dumbbells. This happens to sit so very well with me, since I now have all of that in my humble home gym. Seriously, I feel like I’ve just hired me a top notch personal trainer for a handful of dollars.

So anyway, I’ve decided to give this program a serious shot; as such. I am (obviously) starting with the cutting phase which has me be at 1.2g protein, 0.2g fat and 1g carbs per pound of body weight. I find this to be incredibly low in fat, as I’m used to eating WAY more than that, as in probably 5 times more, so it’s kind of hard to adapt for now, but I’m slowly getting there. Plus, this is only while I am on a cut. This number will go up when I “graduate” to bulk or maintain.

While I’m cutting, though, expect me to share recipes that are higher in protein and carbs, while keeping fat to a minimum. Now I don’t want you to think that I’m back to believing that fat is the enemy. I now believe that no category of macro-nutrient is the enemy. We all need protein, carbs AND fat, only we need to consume them within certain ratios, depending on what we’re trying to accomplish. Plus, what works for me may not work for you… so it all boils down to finding a solution that works for you and your body.

Hopefully, I this will be it for me! There’s only one way to find out and only time will tell…

In the meantime, I can share with you one thing that definitely worked for me: this amazingly delicious Sweet Potato and Chicken Hash!  Not only does it taste fantastic, but its nutritional profile fits my current requirements to a T. I get the feeling I’ll be having this one very often.

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Smoked Lamb Shoulder Roast http://thehealthyfoodie.com/smoked-lamb-shoulder-roast/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/smoked-lamb-shoulder-roast/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 23:00:50 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436672805 First off, I’d like to offer this Smoked Lamb Shoulder Roast my most sincere apologies. The poor thing: I was totally unable to picture it right and give you guys a sense and feel of how IN-SANE-LY delicious and moist and tender and juicy and TASTY this roast really was. Not one single picture that […]

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First off, I’d like to offer this Smoked Lamb Shoulder Roast my most sincere apologies. The poor thing: I was totally unable to picture it right and give you guys a sense and feel of how IN-SANE-LY delicious and moist and tender and juicy and TASTY this roast really was. Not one single picture that I took even came close to doing it justice. I think it’s because the meat got so dark from all the delicious smoke that enveloped the roast and circled around it for hours as it slowly infused with its delicious aroma. Plus, the sun was so bright and shiny that day for a change, it made it really hard for me to take decent picture of the different steps.

I think I need to go to school and learn how to make proper use of my camera once and for all. If only so I never again portray such a worthy piece of meat with so little respect for its honor.

The thing is, you see, I HAD to share the recipe with you regardless because frankly, I think your life will not be complete until you’ve had a taste of this Smoked Lamb Shoulder. To be honest, the thought of smoking lamb would’ve never occurred to me, had it not been for someone mentioning it in a comment after I shared my post on how to make your own Smoked Bacon at home.

OH MY GOODNESS this thing is so good; I think I want to eat nothing but this for the rest of my life. Needless to say I WILL be making it again, so next time I think I’ll try and snap better pictures so I can give you a more accurate idea of what’s in store for you should you decide that you too, need this in your life.

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Maple Caramel and Apple Cheesecake http://thehealthyfoodie.com/maple-caramel-and-apple-cheesecake/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/maple-caramel-and-apple-cheesecake/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2015 21:55:20 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436672768 If you’re anything like me, you’re probably wiping a little bit of drool that’s dripping down your chin at this very moment. In fact, there’s a very good chance that the mere words Maple Caramel Apple Cheesecake got you salivating before you even got here or saw the pictures. And then your eyes caught sight of beautiful that […]

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If you’re anything like me, you’re probably wiping a little bit of drool that’s dripping down your chin at this very moment. In fact, there’s a very good chance that the mere words Maple Caramel Apple Cheesecake got you salivating before you even got here or saw the pictures.

And then your eyes caught sight of beautiful that piece of cake, all dressed up and looking so scrumptious, so sweet, so creamy, so excessively decadent. And then you started scrolling to get to the recipe and probably thought – “NO WAY! What Sonia, are you out of your mind? It took me close to an hour just to get to the bottom of this page, and you think that I’ll even want to attempt making the actual cake? From the looks of it, it’ll no doubt take me a full week!!” 

Not at all! Believe it or not, while it may seem like this cheesecake is extremely demanding and takes forever to make, that’s not exactly how it goes. Granted, it needs to be made over the course of 2 days, but it won’t have you working all that hard, I swear.

It’s just that I got a little bit carried away with the pictures (as usual) because I really I wanted you to get a very good visual of all the different steps. Honestly, though it’s not as bad as it looks.

Plus, this cake is a lot of fun to make, I swear.

Alright, since this post is already pretty long as it is, what do you say we get right to it and get started on this baby?

Follow me, if you please.

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Brussels Sprouts and Anjou Pear Salad http://thehealthyfoodie.com/brussels-sprouts-and-anjou-pear-salad/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/brussels-sprouts-and-anjou-pear-salad/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 11:00:15 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436672748 You can never have too many salad recipes, can you? Especially not the kind of sturdy salad that you can make on the week-end to last you all week, like this Brussels Sprouts and Anjou Pear Salad. Those are my favorite kinds. Although that’s not necessarily the way it goes for me, because I tend […]

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You can never have too many salad recipes, can you?

Especially not the kind of sturdy salad that you can make on the week-end to last you all week, like this Brussels Sprouts and Anjou Pear Salad. Those are my favorite kinds. Although that’s not necessarily the way it goes for me, because I tend to lose track of what day of the week this is, you know… but I think that’s true of most people who work from home. I don’t think I’m getting senile or anything. At least not just yet.

Regardless. I love to be able to make a salad on say, Tuesday, and have it last me all the way to the next, say, Sunday. That works SUPERBLY well for me. I’m not sure that it works quite as well for you guys, because when I make a huge, sturdy salad like this one, I end up feeding off it for 5 days in a row and all my pictures look the same on Instagram. Mind you, all my pictures always look the same anyway, so I’m not sure it makes much of a difference in the end. It does make a huge difference in my life, though. It allows me to focus on other things than worrying about what I am going to eat that day. I like having things planned ahead of time and having food on my plate in under 15 minutes when I’m ready to eat.

For that, leftovers are the best, and sturdy salads such as this one are my top faves!

And hey, as summer approaches, bringing along a wide offering of fresh local produce, I guess you can expect me to post more and more of these.

I certainly hope you won’t mind…  continue reading

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