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Simple Garlic-Sesame Salad Dressing – {With Kale Salad}

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Simple Garlic-Sesame Salad Dressing – {With Kale Salad}

This vegan-friendly dressing will make you want to eat kale for dessert… well almost!

Prep Time: 10 minutes 

Yield: Dressing, 1/2 cup | Salad, 8 – 10 servings

Garlic & Sesame Dressing with Fresh Pink Pepper

Garlic-Sesame Dressing with Fresh Pink Pepper

If you’re a Whole Foods frequenter, like me, you’re probably familiar with their Garlicky Kale salad. Which I’ve been a fan of for quite some time. And I’ve been wanting to try and make a similar version at home. When I searched around I noticed Whole Foods posted their recipe version here. But when I compared that recipe to the ingredients list on the buffet display at the store, I realized that some of the ingredients were different. So I experimented  a couple different ways and came up with this light, easy and flavorfule concoction that you’ll be able to enjoy on all your fresh greens. You’ll notice the pink pepper flakes in the pictures, which come from the fresh ground pink peppercorns I bought at the awesome shop Bazaar Spices, discovered while on my recent trip to the Union Market in DC. More on this amazing spice and the cool vendors at Union Market later… Read the rest of this entry

Healthy Side Dish for Grilling Season: Quinoa and Pico de Gallo Salad

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Healthy Side Dish for Grilling Season: Quinoa and Pico de Gallo Salad

Servings: About 8 – 10

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

A Simple and Guilt-Free side Dish That Won’t Cramp Your Bikini Style.

If you’re familiar with the Mexican “Pico de Gallo” you already know it goes well with everything on your list of grilling season foods. Besides, what’s simpler to make than chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro and peppers? Now imagine that combination mixed in with a super food like Quinoa to kickoff your summer and keep you in that tight body you perfected all winter. The result is a salad nothing short of fantastic. But before I jump into the recipe, I’d like to share with you six interesting facts I recently discovered about this South American seed…

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Quinoa and Pico de Gallo Salad – Azcúar & Spice

6 Awesome Facts About Quinoa: 

1. It’s pronounced KEEN-wah. Quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein and low in calories and carbs. It also has twice as much fiber as oatmeal and contains all nine essential amino acids which make it a complete source of protein.
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Poblano Chicken Salad

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Poblano Chicken Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 2

Highlighting Spices: Roasted Poblano pepper

Remember that juicy Thyme and Cayenne Pepper Roasted Chicken recipe I posted a couple of weeks ago? Most of the time I’m only cooking for one so as you can probably imagine, I had tons leftover. A lesson from my days in the restaurant industry (more on that later), is to always keep resealable freezer bags on hand. This time I shredded the leftover chicken to the bone and froze in 6 – 8 ounce portions, the perfect portion to make an easy chicken salad!

Poblano Chicken Salad

Poblano Chicken Salad

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Simple Jicama & Fresh Basil Salad

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Simple Jicama & Fresh Basil Salad

Highlighting Flavors: Fresh Basil & Tajin Seasoning

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Eat Your Veggies!

Today I was inspired by a fellow food blogger, Heidi Boone. She wrote about her spring rituals and how important it is to allow your body to heal by cleansing, even if just for a few days. Doing a cleanse can improve your physical and mental state. Obviously I don’t have as much will-power as Heidi does, because I was munching on some chocolate while I was reading the post. It was one of those days!

“Eat your veggies!” I could hear my madre calling from 400 miles away. Yes, I have been better about eating more green, red and orange foods–although mostly in liquid form. Which is a delicious alternative if you own a juicer! (More on that later.) But nevertheless, I decided I should have a nice big salad for dinner.  Keep reading…