green bean salad

I am committed to the blog and specifically my lovely readers. You want proof?

This is my current view.

Our power is out due to a crazy storm yesterday afternoon. Just a couple weeks ago I had mentioned to someone that I had never seen hail. Well I have now and it was terrifying! Especially in a little car with 50 mph winds.

Anyways, one of the Vets at my work offered to lend me her generator so Al picked it up after work. I’m using it to just keep the fridge cold… and to blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Today I have the final veggie side of our favorite Ellie Krieger trifecta (you can find the other two dishes here and here). This last one is a Green Bean Salad. It’s not any old salad though, it’s a tasty combination of crunch and tang.

I started off with yet another normally green but yellow veggie from the farmer’s market. These green beans might look like they had been sitting in my fridge for two months but they were fresh, I promise!

To speed up the already short cooking/prepping time, I steamed my green beans in the microwave. I put them in a bowl with a lid and a tablespoon of water, then microwaved them for 5 minutes. They always come out perfectly cooked – crispy not mushy.

After that, I had the dish done in a little over five minutes.

I prepped the onions and walnuts. The walnuts get toasted <- this is my favorite part. It really brings out the flavor of the nut. Then mixed up the mustard dressing which got poured over the beans, onions, and walnuts. Added a little parsley and I was done.

The side is meant to be cold, hence the word ‘salad’ in the title but we often eat it as soon as it’s complete so everything is still warm. We like it either way though!

This would make a great BBQ dish to bring to a summer party. But I’d suggest using green green beans to make the dish look a little more appetizing!

A super faster recipe with tons of flavor and crunch. What more could you want?! Mmm mmm good.

What dish to you like to take to parties?

yummy: dinner salad

It’s tough for my husband and I to stay on track with healthy eating during the week. Sometimes life gets in the way and we’re just too tired to cook. Lately, I’ve been turning to super easy salads to get in some veggies when we’re desperate and debating on ordering pizza.

The excuse that I use frequently ‘I’m too tired to cook’ isn’t good enough when making a salad for dinner because it doesn’t take much effort at all! It helps with the energy you’re lacking and makes you feel much better than if you were to order out.

Pretty much I’m writing this post to convince myself that I should eat more salads for dinner. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a little salad I made last week in the blink of an eye.

I started out with some baby spinach.

Then a little red pepper.

Some red onions for spice.

Carrots.

Edamame for protein.

A then some salad dressing of choice! With the edamame I’d think a sesame or ginger dressing would be tasty but I went with what we had which was caesar.

We ate the salad with a side of protein banana bread and that’s it! A delicious, super healthy meal in under 10 minutes.

Use whatever veggies and/or fruit you have on hand! Done.

What’s your go-to healthy meal? Do you have a weekly meal that you turn to?

P.S. My sister is posting next! Look out for it. ๐Ÿ™‚

yummy: cucumber salad

Most nights last year I would steam veggies and add just a bit of seasoning. Nowadays that just doesn’t cut it. Not only do I want a recipe to be quick and healthy but I also want great flavor.

When I first started cooking for myself in college I ran into one of Ellie Krieger’s cookbooks. She’s a nutritionist with multiple books and her own TV show. Right now on her homepage she has a quote -> “I crave food that is bursting with flavor and aroma, food that draws you in and leaves your satisfied – and guess what? That food can also be healthy!”. Just what I want in my food! Before I got into reading healthy living blogs, she was the person I turned to for healthy eats.

A couple years later, her food is exactly what I’ve been craving so I brought the cookbook back out and searched for some flavorful veggie recipes. I found my old standbyย  – Cucumber Salad.

It’s so stinkin’ simple! Do a little chopping.

I always have fun removing the seeds in the cucumbers. It makes me feel like a fancy chef for some reason.

For my husband who needs help succeeding in the face project:

Please don’t forget to rinse off the salt after it has been sitting on the veggies! I’ve done it before. That first bite is a bit rough.

Mix it with the dressing and you’re almost done!

Oh and don’t forget the dill which I did until I looked at this picture and realized something was missing. The dill adds a ton of flavor.

A great combination of flavor and crunch. Now that it’s a bit hotter out, it’s nice to cool off with a side salad like this. It’s not soup weather anymore!

I am proud to say that I followed the entire recipe. After this debacle you know I would. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ellie Krieger has a new book out and I’ll be picking it up soon. Hopefully she’ll have a lot of new, tasty stuff! I’ll be sure to post a couple in the coming weeks.

Do you have a favorite cookbook or chef? I have so many!