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Posts from the ‘Salad’ Category

roasted beet salad + cherries + goat cheese = northwest envy.

If I told you I spent last week in the Pacific Northwest, blissfully eating my way through Seattle, would you judge me as Head Frugal Foodie?  You would if you heard how many eateries we tried (more on that later)… Read more


6 summer salads, each under 350 calories.

…because who wants to cook in the summertime?

…because sipping a margarita with friends is more fun than standing over a stove when it’s 80 degrees outside.

…because it’s (ugh) bathing suit season. Read more

chicken and wild rice salad.

Welcome to my favorite drop-off meal for new moms.

I (vaguely) remember the blur of those early days post-labor – the figuring out my diet, wishing away the last few pregnancy pounds, wondering if I would ever have time to cook (or shower) again, and praying earnestly against casseroles when friends and family kindly volunteered to bring over dinner. Read more

father’s day roundup.

The dads in my life totally rock.

My dad took me to breakfast every Saturday, even in my awkward years when I was a pain in the you-know-what and too cool for school.  Talking with me over breakfast might have been like talking to a slice of melon. Read more

tuscan kale salad.

Did you ever have a favorite “lovey” growing up? You know, some animal or doll or blanket that you had to have every day, that you never grew tired of, even when it got filthy from carding it all over kingdom come and the edges started to wear off? Read more

roasted carrot and avocado salad.


If you’ve been hearing this over and over all our life but you lack any and all motivation to add more spinach, carrots or broccoli to your diet, may I recommend this salad.  It’s a fabulous dish for this time of year, and will help you feel better about that upcoming summer vacation you’re planning where you’ll inevitably have to don on a…(gulp)…bathing suit. Read more

black bean salad.

It’s no secret our family loves us some beans.  From soups to salads to chicken and rice bakes that I call a “bake” because I’m too snobby to introduce “casserole” to my vocabulary, beans are decided a staple in our kitchen.  And when I figured out what I could save by cooking my own instead of buying canned beans, our relationship went to a whole new level. Read more

shrimp, papaya and avocado salad.

“What’s a shrimp,” asked my curious 3 year old today as I was peeling and deveining the 3/4 pound of shrimp I found on sale this week for $4.99/lb.

“Well, it’s kind of a little sea creature that lives at the bottom of the ocean” I explained, hoping the conversation would end there. Read more

quinoa salad with mango and avocado.


The name alone sounds healthy and exotic.  Then toss in some mango, avocado and cilantro and we’ve got a full-on flavor party.

I realize I’m not going to convince everyone to give quinoa a try but this nutty grain is packed with fiber and protein and you just feel down-right healthy eating it.  I might even still feel good about it smothered in hot fudge.  Ok, maybe not… Read more

beet and orange salad with candied pecans.


Happy week after Thanksgiving!

Here we go…the race to Christmas is on.  Have you started your shopping yet?

Did you elbow some poor grandma behind you in the rush to your favorite store on Black Friday? Read more

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