Asian, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Salad, Side, Vegan, Vegetarian

Refreshingly Crisp Cucumber Salad

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This salad is perfectly refreshing. Light, crisp and just different. How many salads have you had that are just cucumber? Plus, spiralizing any vegetable automatically takes it up a notch. Maybe that’s just me, but it’s different a uniquely fun way to enjoy some veggies. Add the flavors of cilantro, fresh ginger and sesame and this Spiralized Asian Cucumber Salad is sure to cool you down. [Note: this is best consumed within 1-2 days of making, but I doubt that will be a problem because you won’t be able to get enough!]

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, Salad, Seafood, Vegetarian

This Spring Tuna Salad Will Give You a Spring in Your Step

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When you hear “tuna salad,” you think of that canned tuna slathered in mayo and crammed between lettuce and bread. I don’t mean that kind of salad. I mean a salad salad — one packed with greens, fresh veggies and a bright dressing, all the while brimming with texture. This is the anatomy of a perfect salad. The key to the greens is to chop or tear kale and spinach into bite-sized pieces for easy eating. Radishes are a crisp spring vegetable with a crunch. Paired with carrots and cucumbers and balanced by creamy, smooth avocados. Tuna, albeit canned, is packed with protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Plus it’s inexpensive and easy to store/keep compared to the fresh variety. Have I convinced you yet? This Spring Tuna Salad is sure to add a bounce to your step with its bright flavors and lighter but heartier nature.

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Asian, Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free

Savory Sesame Soba Salad

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I can’t even get over this because IT WAS THAT GOOD. When I moved to Boston, I can honestly say I had never been to a Whole Foods before. The closest one in Maine was Portland and Ithaca was graced with Wegman’s. With a Whole Foods up the street from MGH and my apartment, I frequent it quite often and stop by their Prepared Food Bar, especially on nights when cooking just seems like an ordeal. I’ve had their sesame noodle salad before and decided to try my hand at my own version. I added beef, cucumber and bell pepper to mine. I served it cold like Whole Foods and it was just what I needed on a near 60°F day in Boston. (Yep, that’s right. Kicking off February with crazy warm weather.) This recipe for Sesame Beef Soba Noodle Salad is definitely here to stay.

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Meal Prep, Salad, Seafood, Vegetarian

Healthy Tuna Salad On-the-Go

Tuna Mason Jar Salad

Need a quick, healthy salad on the run? I might have had this Tuna Mason Jar Salad for lunch four days in a row last week. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself. IT’S SO GOOD. Beyond good. I think canned tuna has a bad rep, but this salad gives it a whole new life.  The cucumbers, carrots and sunflower seeds add texture and crunch. The dried cranberries and raspberry balsamic offer a sweet side to balance the earthy kale.

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Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Meal Prep

Deliciously Clean (Eating) Quinoa Ginger Chicken Bowls

Ginger Chicken Quinoa Bowls If only I could use iPhone emojis because it would just be a string of the heart eyes emoji for my pseudo-dinner on Monday. While I went to Whole Foods for groceries and walked away with a veggie sushi dinner (it was on sale and Meatless Monday…), I was dreaming of making a Ginger Chicken Quinoa Bowl the whole time I was shopping. I already had carrots, avocado, cucumber and cilantro. I bought a rotisserie chicken before and had to use that up. Plus, I like having my Ginger Miso Dressing on hand for quick salads. What did I need? Some ginger and quinoa. Obviously some sriracha. Let’s not kid about the sriracha. It makes everything look and taste better. This was the bets lunch. Fresh and flavorful. Probably my two favorite words when it comes to food. (See why I need that heart eyes emoji? It just explains this quinoa bowl so well.) Continue reading “Deliciously Clean (Eating) Quinoa Ginger Chicken Bowls”

Entrée, Gluten-Free, Salad, Vegetarian

Move Over, Caprese

Spring Avocado & Cucumber Salad

I used to make salads all the time last year and they always involved fresh mozzarella, avocado and some sort of fruit. Usually over spinach, toss in some walnuts or almonds and add some chicken or turkey. This salad needed less; it needed to be simple and basic, but not in taste. I wanted a spin on a caprese-like salad but chopped and easy to eat. Fresh ingredients prepared in an obvious way creates the Spring Avocado & Cucumber Salad.

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Salad, Seafood, Vegetarian

Scrumptiously Colorful Spicy Shrimp Salad

Spicy Shrimp Avocado Salad with Ginger Miso Dressing

So I’m pretty sure this meal came together in under 20 min. last night. Forget the salad for a second. How have I never made this Ginger Miso Dressing?! It’s life changing. I can’t believe I’ve never bought miso until now. The flavor profile is amazing. I see some miso soup in my future…But back to the salad. It’s fresh, light, has a crunch, but’s still creamy and most important is packed with flavor. (You totally thought I was going to say nutrients, right? That too). Substitute chicken for shrimp or exclude the shrimp for a vegan dish. I’m addicted. Thank goodness I found a Pinch of Yum‘s version on Pinterest. This Spicy Shrimp Avocado Salad with Ginger Miso Dressing was totally a winner if I do say so myself.

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Drinks, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Smoothie, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Revitalizing Pear Refreshment

IMG_4999Sometimes during the cold weather transitions, we need something to remind us of warmer days. I made this Strawberry, Pear & Cucumber Smoothie after a run today and it was absolutely refreshingly delicious. I had too many ripe pears sitting on my counter, begging to be used. They possess such a juicy sweetness that their addition to a smoothie like the only logical next step. And what a perfect smoothie they made! Throw in frozen strawberries, a cucumber and some ice and oh, it’s like I’m back in summer days, and not this dreary, rainy weather.

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Drinks, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Smoothie, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

The Green Machine

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I had this Apple, Spinach, Cucumber & Mint Smoothie on a sunny, 86° day. Before you write this off for its quite green color, try this hydrating drink on a hot, summer day.  I originally made this with kale, more celery and no mint, and it tasted like I was drinking grass; the smoothie turned out waaaay too green. However, baby spinach has a much milder taste, and the mint added a fresh kick. When I make this again, I would add frozen banana instead of the yogurt. This was a different take and a welcomed departure from the classic fruit smoothie. Before you dismiss the green smoothie for its color, give it a try!

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Appetizer, Asian, Better Than Takeout, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Snack, Vegetarian

Spring into Summer with Vegetable Spring Rolls

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These vegetable rolls are super spicy, but so delicious. They’re light and fresh with the mint and basil leaves, while being fiery and savory all at once. I tested them twice, and decided I like the version with the added avocado and cucumber much better than the original recipe. The cucumber gives an extra crunch, and the creaminess of the avocado balances the extreme kick from the sriracha chile sauce. As a snack, lunch or dinner, these vegetable rolls are easy and delicious — so much so you’ll be ready for more before they’re even finished! Continue reading “Spring into Summer with Vegetable Spring Rolls”