Healthy Salad Ideas

Here are two healthy salads I made recently. This first one is mostly cold/raw – the only cooked ingredient is an egg.

Ingredients – healthy salad #1

  • base: chopped romaine lettuce
  • fatty topping: avocado
  • veggie topping: tomato, cucumber
  • fun topping: takuan (yellow pickled daikon – Japanese)
  • protein topping: scrambled egg (with oil)
  • dressing: chipotle ranch (I think)

I cooked the egg in peanut oil, which is probably my newest cooking obsession. It’s fabulous.

This next salad is another hot-cold salad and it did not disappoint. (This was actually one of the best salads I’ve ever made, believe it or not!)

Ingredients – healthy salad #2

  • base: romaine lettuce
  • cooked veggie toppings: cabbage, brussels sprouts, green beans
  • protein toppings (with cooked veggies): imitation crab meat
  • dressing: peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, hot sauce, splash of water

Again, I used peanut oil for the veggies. About 1 tablespoon of it. If you use enough oil your veggies get nice and crispy. I also added a splash of soy sauce to the veggies at the end when they were just about done. I added the imitation crab meat (sealegs! why are they called that?) while I was cooking the veggies too. I think the dressing was what made it so tasty though!

What’s your favorite cooking oil?

Recipe: Grilled Portobello Kale Salad

I saw a recipe for a vegan surf & turf the other day and knew I had to make my own version – here’s my take!

Grilled Portobello Kale Salad

Ingredients (serves 1 hungry Maggie)

  • 2 portobello caps
  • bragg’s liquid aminos
  • a little more than 1 bunch of kale
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • dash of sea salt
  • 5-10 spritzes of bragg’s liquid aminos
  • 1 teaspoon honey/sweetener
  • liberal spoonfuls of nooch! (nutritional yeast)

Method

  1. Slice the portobellos into strips. Spray with bragg’s. Grill (I used a George Foreman) until tender (10 minutes).
  2. Massage the kale with the avocado, lemon juice, salt, and more bragg’s. I also like to add honey at this point. Massage for maybe 1-2 minutes.
  3. Top the kale with the portobellos and lots of nooch.
  4. EAT. Repeat.

I have made this for both dinner and lunch. It’s quite filling though I usually like to have something else with it. It holds up well in a tupperware and it can definitely last in the fridge overnight. It’s amazing fresh, of course.

Even better – it’s packed with powerhouse nutrients (kale, nooch, avocado). The portobellos taste almost meaty when grilled. Portobellos are definitely a favorite for me. I should try making the non-veg version too, but I’m not that experienced at non-veg cooking.

Hope you get to try this! I’ll leave you with this cat cutie:

What’s your favorite veggie?

Intensely Healthy Dessert

I’m watching Biggest Loser as I write this. One contestant just lost 10 pounds in 4 days to get immunity. Every time I watch this show I’m continually amazed by the intensity of these contestants. It makes me wonder how they got to where they were at the start of the show in the first place.

Last night I channeled my inner Elise (and apparently Coco recently too) for a short run. But today I was back to my walking ways. I did 2 miles to work and then a little over a mile at lunch. Wish I could have done more, but I had a lot to do.

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Dessert tonight was more mushed avocado (a whole one) with sugar (not a lot). I wish I had honey; I need to go to the store. If you haven’t tried this combo, do so immediately!

What’s your favorite weird dessert? What are you intense about?

Walking & Running

I recently started watching a show called Lie to Me*. It’s a FOX show, but Netflix has the whole first season available for (free) streaming. We have an Xbox hooked up to the television so we can watch our streaming shows right on tv… instead of the computer. Anyway, I’m rather addicted to this show.

It’s formulaic, like CSI or House (two of my favorites). Cal Lightman owns a firm that specializes in analyzing whether or not people are lying. There are a few cases per episode – Cal’s firm helps solve kidnappings, military cases, sports mysteries, etc… It’s very captivating. Tim Roth plays Cal and his accent is endearing. I love British accents. In high school I planned to move to England when I grew up because I wanted to have cute little babies with British accents and a sexy British hubby. That didn’t happen, but I’m quite happy with the way things turned out anyway. Bobby is much cuter and more amazing than any guy in the world.

Before I watched more Lie to Me*, I went on a short run. I walked home (2 miles) and then I put some veggies in the oven to roast while I went out for a jog (1.9 miles). When I got back I took the veggies out and they were perfect. Good timing on my part 😉

The jog was really nice. I don’t usually exercise at night, but I realized it usually puts me in a really good mood (if I can get myself to actually get out and do it).

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Dessert – avocado with some (white) sugar. The dessert was fabulous. I just mushed the avocado around in its shell with some sugar (would have used a better sweetener but I don’t have any).

Do you like to run?

Chunky PB & Raw Salad

Do you like chunky peanut butter or smooth and creamy? Every time I get chunky, I end up with this…

01 chunky pb

I don’t know how it happens, but I unconsciously avoid the chunks and am left with a jar of peanut bits and a little bit of creamy peanut butter. Just one of my quirks, I suppose. I don’t know what to do with the bits besides eat them plain; I’m not complaining though. But I really should only buy creamy.

When I’m not desiccating (= removing moisture from) nut butters, I like to make raw salads.

02 raw salad

This is:

  • kale (1/2 bunch or so, maybe a little more) – massaged with 1/2 avocado and my own version of liquid gold elixir (olive oil, rice vinegar, bragg’s liquid aminos)
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 ear of raw corn
  • salsa (taco bell brand… not exactly raw! but you could use raw salsa)

I massaged the kale with the avocado and dressing, then topped it with the other goodies. As soon as I was done I made a repeat salad; do you ever do that? Sometimes after I have a salad I go back and make the exact same salad for seconds.

03 raw salad

In this case it was nice because I was able to use the rest of the kale head, the other 1/2 ear of corn, and the other 1/2 avocado. It works out. Maybe the reason I make the repeat is to use up the leftovers from the first one!

04 raw salad

Here are some word origins for y’all…

  • vegetable (Dori) – vegetables comes from a base in proto-indo-european (PIE = basically what preceded all of the european languages) that means “be strong, lively”. It’s also related to watch, vigor, velocity, and possibly witch. after PIE it went through Latin and French before it came to English.
  • shampoo (Heather) – this comes from Hindi (champo) where it meant, “to massage”, or “to press, knead the muscles”.
  • massage – this is from French, and before French it probably came from Arabic (massa = to touch, feel, handle). If it did come from Arabic it was probably picked up in Egypt when Napoleon was there. If it didn’t come from Arabic, it probably came from India (the French colonized it) from the word amassar (to knead), which came from Latin massa (mass, dough).

Gotta go grade… Have a great night/morning!

P.S. I’m in the middle of The Time Traveler’s Wife. So freakin’ good. Have you read it? I’m going to see the movie so I have to read it first.