Poolside Yum – Salad Combo Ideas

Looking for a delicious cool salad for the summer? Check out this combo.  It was a direct result of scavenging through the fridge and grabbing what sounded good.  Ironically – every bit of it came from Costco.

Spinach topped with:

  • Costco pre-shredded chicken
  • Apple chips
  • Walnuts
  • Feta
  • Blueberries

Honey mustard dressing (that’s my fave and I use it on everything but poppy seed would have been good too).

It was delicious and I’m definitely adding it to my rotation to break out of my lunch time rut.

I posted about this on my Facebook page and some PowerFull ladies shared their favorite salad combos too.  For a bonus recipe try Paige’s combo.  The beauty of her combo is that the quinoa can be made ahead of time and used throughout the week. This is a great time saving tip!

Quinoa topped with:

  • Feta cheese
  • Olives
  • Balsamic glaze

Hope these ideas help you come up with something equally delicious and satisfying for your summer meals.

Eat ALL the Colors

Wanna play with your food?  With your kids list all the colors of the rainbow and see if throughout the day you can eat something from every color!  Check it off as you go.  Bonus points if you get it all in one meal!

Why? Well first off because it is fun.  But an added bonus is that colors are largely based on the nutrients found in food; a wide range of colors means a wide range of nutrients. Feed your body!

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

  • Preheat oven to 450F.
  • Remove the leaves from 1 head cauliflower and break up the head into florets.
  • Toss them with 2 Tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp red pepper flakes, and 2 tsp salt.
  • Roast for 30 minutes, mixing occasionally.
  • Saute 1 small onion, 2 chopped carrots, and 2 chopped celery stalks in 1 ½ Tbsp ghee or butter for 10 minutes.
  • Add 4 cups chicken of vegetable broth and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove from head, add roasted cauliflower and puree until smooth either with an immersion blender or in a standing blender.

Delicious plain or with kimchee, croutons, or peas added in.

Two 60 Second Meals

Ok, I know that dinner or lunch sometimes has to be super quick, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be yummy. If you have sixty seconds, you have time to make one of these meals!

Pita Chili Melt
1/2 large or whole small pita
1/2 cup canned pinto beans
2 tbls shredded low fat cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon diced green chili
Combine beans, cheese and chili into pita bread. Microwave till cheese melts. Done.
How about around 300 calories and 21 grams protein, only 7  grams fat!  BOOM! Continue Reading →

Oven Baked Almond Fish Sticks

This was a surprise hit in my house. My girls like fish sticks and the coating on this one ups the nutritional value of the dish. I cut the pieces small for them, almost nuggets. I breaded a sliced block of tofu for myself with the same ingredients (do the tofu first to keep it all vegetarian). Super yummy!

Try the recipe out here!

Snack Trays for Dinner

Check out this awesome #reallife  tip from our instructor Leah on how to get dinner on the table, despite the crazy going on!

About once every other week we have a snack tray dinner. Sky is the limit here! It can be a great “clean out the fridge/pantry” meal or more thoughtful. Basically, here’s the plan…take a sheet pan that has sides and cover it with foil (easy clean up!). Fill tray with yummy things. Put tray in the middle of the kitchen table and let people serve themselves and snack away. We often play a game together while having our snack tray meal. Games with a game board don’t work well (tray is in the middle of the table) but we’ve found Zingo, Go Fish, Obstacle, and Splat are family favorites (my kids are 8, 6, and 4). Continue Reading →