The Niçoise was Delicious

photo 1Third trimester pregnancy has had me craving pretty much the same things over and over again. Avocado rolls and veggie tempura, but I have been trying my darnedest to keep my diet varied and healthy. After eating at a fancy restaurant and seeing their classic niçoise on the menu I haven't able to get it out of my head… I kept seeing them everywhere and any salad with potatoes in it is pretty much ace in my book. So this is my not so specific recipe for a delish and vegan niçoise! Enjoy!!!! photo 3Whatcha Need:

Butter Lettuce

Red potatoes, chopped and steamed until soft

String beans, trimmed and steamed [try to keep them a bit crunchy]

Niçoise or Kalamata olives, chopped [niçoise are actually not my fave]

Red onion, sliced very thin

Roasted red peppers, sliced super thin

Artichoke hearts, quartered [canned is fine, but in a perfect world I would've steamed my own]

White beans, strained and rinsed

Avocado sliced

Dressing:

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

1/3 cup of Olive oil

a few splashes of warm water to loosen it up

A healthy pinch of salt

A few turns of the pepper mill

Chives, chopped [I didn't have any, but it would've made the dressing perfect]photo 2You can make enough for 1 or for 10 very easily. There aren't any rules on how you compile this salad!!! Seriously, enjoy putting it together. I'm a fan of the deconstructed plate. I like to lightly dress each component before plating it. You don't need much. There's nothing I hate more than a soggy over dressed salad. Well, maybe ugly shoes… and ugly handbags… and ugly wedding dresses… I think you get the point. Anywho, I plan of eating this salad for like a week. Enjoy!!!

Kale, Blueberries, and Avocado, Oh my!

photo 1 I'm officially obsessed with this salad. I eat it 3-4 times a week and it has yet to get old!!! The base is TJ's cruciferous crunch and it is DELISH. It's a mixture of kale, shredded cabbage, broccoli, and brussels sprouts. YUM. I'm a little concerned with all of Trader Joe's recalls lately, so if you are staying away I think a bed of shredded kale would be a perfect base. Definitely wash your greens REALLY well especially if you're knocked up! I swear this salad will complete you!!!! Enjoy.

photo 2Feeds 2 normal people or 1 ravenous pregnant woman

3/4 the bag of Cruciferous Crunch, washed

2 heaping handfuls of organic blueberries, washed

1 large avocado, diced

Dressing [my take on Kim Snyder's dharma dressing]

2 juicy lemons, juiced

Tamari to taste, about 2 tablespoons

2-3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon of dulse flakes

Mix everything together, top with dressing and let sit for at least 5 minutes. I think if you can let it sit for 15-20 you are gonna love it even more. This salad is seriously my favorite lil' invention of recent weeks. Don't wait to try this one, make it while berries and avocados are plentiful!!!!!!

 

We got the beets…

photo 2I have a love affair with beets. I love them so very much. Now, until you've actually had a fresh roasted beet,  I don't want to hear it. So go and buy the beets with the greens, so they are nice and fresh, chop off the tops and follow these directions here on how to roast them. They are super easy and literally taste like candy!!! Organic beets were on sale, so I had to make a big salad. For my birthday dinner, we dined at a fabulous Italian restaurant in Little Italy and while I super enjoyed my pasta, I found myself craving my healthy friend Chelsea's delish salad, so I decided that I would have to make it myself. I had my beets, so I was halfway there. This salad is fresh and super satisfying. Serves 1 hungry person or 2 sorta hungry people [I ATE the whole damn thing myself]

1 head of romaine lettuce, washed and chopped

1 cup of diced roasted beets, give or take, I could eat 3 pounds of beets...

handful of kalamata olives, sliced

1 cup of sugar snap peas, washed and trimmed

Kim Snyder's Dharma's Kale Salad dressing here

Whisk everything together and enjoy!! Next time I make this I'm going to put in a whole chopped avocado… You like where my head's at!? I thought you might. Also, don't be alarmed if you have fuchsia pea or purple poo after eating this salad. Beets aren't joking. I could eat this every single day… Enjoy!!!