Antipasto Salad with Lite Herb Vinaigrette

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Winter is just about to turn into Spring and then shortly it will be Summer!!… Which means I can induldge in my favorite salads as a meal. There is nothing more disappointing than eating a boring plain salad as a meal..lets be real. So, you minus well enjoy it with some of your favorites! This is one of them because I love all kinds of italian lunch-meats such as proscuitto, especially when it perfectly ends up in my salads. It also gives this salad the perfect hint of saltiness from the proscuitto that we all crave. Just like most of my recipes, you can add any of your favorite ingredients to your likings. Sometimes I switch out the proscuitto for salami..or sometimes I put in both. This salad is almost too pretty to eat!

Antipasto Salad with Lite Herb Vinaigrette

Ingredients

1 package of Italian mix lettuce (or

6 slices of proscuitto; cut in half and rolled up

1/4 cup roasted red bell peppers; sliced

1/4 cup blue cheese (or feta cheese)​

1/2 avocado sliced

*you can also add or replace the proscuitto with salami or mortadella

Salad Dressing:

Lite Herb Vinaigrette

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp honey; slighly melted

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

Handful of chopped fresh parsley, chopped chives, and basil

Pinch of salt and pepper

Salad Dressing:

Lite Herb Vinaigrette

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp honey; slighly melted

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

Handful of chopped fresh parsley, chopped chives, and basil

Pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. 1. Place all of the salad ingredients in a salad bowl; arrange properly and neatly.
  2. 2. In a smaller bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for your dressing until well beaten (until combined). Drizzle salad dressing over your salad and enjoy! I like to make extra dressing and save it for other salads since it can last a few weeks in the fridge! ENJOY 🙂
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Flourless Banana Peanut Butter Chip Muffins

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Every once in a while I pick up one too many bananas at the grocery store….the first thing that always comes to mind when I have leftover ripe bananas is banana bread..duhhh! However this time I wanted something a bit more healthy and low in carbs so my skinny banana chip muffins hit the spot! These little bites of goodness are fluffy and light with a hint of chocolate in every bite. They are naturally sweet and moist with a touch of honey so feel free to dig into a few of these! Who knew flour-less muffins could be this GOOD?!

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp peanut butter
2 medium bananas; ripe and mahsed
1/4 cup oatmeal; uncooked
1 egg
2 egg whites
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder; optional

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 35o degrees F. In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter and mashed bananas until combined.

2. Slowly mix in the oatmeal, eggs, honey, baking powder, cinnmon, 1/4 cup of chocolate chips, and protein powder (optional). Stir until combined. Place liners in muffin tray and fill each liner about 2/3 of the way full, until you are out of batter. Sprinkle each muffin with mini chocolate chips and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for about 20 minutes and enjoy! I peeled my liners off before serving to make it easier to enjoy!
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Sweet Winter Kale Power Salad

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I have been making this yummy salad for lunch and I love it! Instead of beans, I also use rotisserie chicken breast. This salad is filling and hearty just like a salad should be. I love this because it is so clean, healthy, and every bite is packed with anti-oxidants. You can add your favorite salad toppers to this so there is no wrong way to make this. I also add feta or blue cheese to this occasionally for even more of a perfect salad!

Ingredients:
1 package of cut kale; pre-washed, ribs removed (about 5 cups)
2 tsp + 1 tsp olive oil
1 lemon
1/4 cup raisins
1 shallot; finely chopped
1/4 of your favorite nut mix (I used pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, and walnuts)
1 can of kidney beans
1 can of corn; drained
1 cucumber; peeled, seeds removed, and chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Steps:
1. Place kale in a large bowl. Squeeze the juice of one lemon and add 2 tsp of olive oil. Massage kale )with your hands)  with olive oil and lemon until it feels tender. This is extremely important because it softens the kale so it is easier to eat. The color of the kale will also turn bright green and look very fresh. Continue to massage for about 3-5 minutes.

2. Bring a frying pan to medium heat. Add 1 tsp of olive oil and shallots. Sauté for 2 minutes and then add raisins. Sauté for another 2 minutes until shallots look cooked and raisins look plump. Pour mixture over kale and stir until combined.

3. Add your favorite nut mixture, beans, corn, cucumbers, cranberries, and season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

****Another great alternative for a salad topper instead of beans, is rotisserie chicken.
*****This is great for make-ahead lunches, the longer the kale sits; the better!
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Roasted Lemon Pepper Asparagus

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Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables and I especially love it with lemons. This recipe is extremely quick and easy to prepare for any side dish or appetizer. Fresh lemons and asparagus pair so perfectly together. This fresh app is packed with all kinds of antioxidants so be sure to eat these greens!

Ingredients:
1 bunch of fresh aspsaragus (about 1 lb); ends removed
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp lemon pepper
1 lemon; zested and juiced
Sea salt and pepper for taste

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, toss the asparagus with olive oil, lemon zest and juice, and lemon pepper until evenly coated.

2. Sprinkle with a pinch or two of sea salt and pepper. Place in baking pan and roast for 8-12 minutes, or until the tips begin to brown and the asparagus is tender. Enjoy!

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One Pot Kale & Quinoa Minestrone Soup

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Fall is finally in the air and my favorite meals start with a nice pot of homemade soup. Have you ever gone to the grocery store and just randomly threw whatever produce sounded good to you in your basket–not knowing what to make with it? Well, that’s what I did and that’s what gave me the great idea into making this heart-filling soup. This savory soup isn’t like the original minestrone soup..this has pieces of chunky Tuscan kale, veggies, and instead of pasta, I used quinoa for more fiber. The great thing is you can use just about any of your favorite seaonal vegetables for this and you can freeze the soup into batches..they make perfect late night dinners. This soup is packed with a TON of vitamins and nutrients so eat up!

Ingredients:
1 medium yellow onion; diced
3 medium carrots; diced
3 stalks of celery; diced
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 medium zuchini; diced
1 red bell pepper
3 cloves garlic; chopped
1 cup green beans; cut into 1 inch pieces
1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp dried rosemary; pinched
1 tsp droed thyme
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 can garbonzo beans
1 can cannelini beans
6 cups of beef broth
2 cups of chicken broth
2 cups of fresh kale; chopped with ribs removed
Fresh grated parmesan cheese
Croutons

Steps:
1. In a large stockpoton medium, heat olive oil with onions, carrots, and celery. Stiring constancly so it doesn’t burn and everything will carmalize perfectly. Saute for about 5 minutes. Then add in zuchini, bell peppers, garlic, green beans, and saute for another 5-10 minutes or until softened.

2. Add in chicken broth, vegetable broth, crushed tomatoes, water, parsley, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper to taste and bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and allow soup to gently boil, uncovered for about 20 minutes

3. Add in dry quinoa then cover and cook 15 – 20 minutes longer.

4. Add cannellini beans, chick peas, kale and cook, uncovered, until kale has wilted, about 5 minutes. Serve warm garnished with parmesan cheese and croutons (optional).
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