Today is my last “first day of school”…and I mean it this time! I have been enrolled in the Master’s in Health Communications program at Boston University since January 2013. After lots and lots of hours learning, studying and completing projects I am in my final class and will graduate in late December. If you have been around me while I’ve balanced work, life and school the past 4 years – I know you are sighing with relief as well (I know my fiance is!).
Today is also the first day of National Pomegranate month! I thought I would celebrate with this tasty non-boring salad that can be used as a main meal or a pre-dinner salad. The pomegranate seeds combined with the pear and goat cheese are the perfect combination of savory and not too sweet. I have been loving Trader Joe’s frozen “Just Chicken” for an easy lean protein addition to my salads at lunch, but since I didn’t make it out to Woodruff Road this weekend, I opted for the Applegate Grilled Chicken Breast Strips which can also be found in the frozen section. They are wonderful and highly recommended for a girl on the go!
Not familiar with how to cut a pomegranate? Check out this easy tutorial from Simply Recipes.
Pomegranate and Bosc Pear Salad with Goat Cheese
Yield: 1 Salad
- 2-3 cups 50/50 salad mix
- 1/2 bosc pear, cut into small cubes
- 1/4 cup pomegranate pearls
- 1oz goat cheese
- 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette dressing
Starting with a large salad bowl, add the salad mix followed by the pear pieces, pomegranate pearls and goat cheese. Drizzle with your favorite balsamic vinaigrette and serve! Option to add 3oz of grilled chicken for an easy and healthy main meal.
Healthy Bachelorette Meal: Pomegranate and Bosc Pear Salad with Goat Cheese, Chicken and Balsamic Vinaigrette
Full steam ahead! I’m back in my 7th out of 10th class in grad school (yes this is taking forever…), working full time at Pure Barre and as a Coach for All Access Internships. Woah buddy. All great things – but sometimes it just doesn’t allow for making healthy bachelorette meals. (Though did you hear the news?! Bachelorette only for a little while longer!)
Meal planning really helps during these busy weeks, and be sure to check out our healthy meal planning tools. These are the kind of weeks when you revert back to college and instead of doing laundry – you just buy more underwear. Yeah that happened.
Check out my weeknight power bowl! The majority of this recipe is prep, especially if you use chicken that you already cooked earlier in the week. It is a yummy, healthy and fresh meal for one that you can save for the next night, or even bring for lunch the next day. It provides lots of color from the vegetables that serve as your base, and you top it all off and make it more than your typical boring salad by adding hummus, avocado and a fun lemon cilantro vinaigrette. Did you know that the Vitamin E in olive oil helps you absorb the nutrients in your vegetables? See, salad dressing isn’t always a bad thing! Enjoy and happy cooking 🙂
Weeknight Power Bowl
Serves: 1 and 1 leftover
- 6 cups baby spinach
- 1/2 of a hot house cucumber, washed and sliced into half moons
- 8 campari tomatoes, washed and quartered
- 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
- 1/2 avocado, sliced into 6 pieces
- 6oz grilled chicken, cubed
- 4 Tablespoons pine nut hummus
- 4 Tablespoons cilantro
- 1 lemon, cut in half
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided (I used dill infused for more flavor)
- Pepper to taste
- Set out a large salad bowl and a tupperware bowl.
- Add 3 cups of the baby spinach to each bowl, and top with 1/2 of the cucumber slices, 4 tomatoes, 1/8 cup red onion, 3 avocado slices and 3oz of the grilled chicken.
- Add 2 Tablespoons of the pine nut hummus to the center of the bowls.
- Top each bowl with cilantro, squeeze one half of the lemon onto the salad and drizzle 1 Tablespoon of olive oil.
- Top with fresh ground pepper, and serve!
Lunch ready for tomorrow! And check out this fancy planner that I got to design with Erin Condren for Pure Barre. It also has a meal planning dashboard – pretty awesome!
It’s Wednesday night at 7pm, and you’re just getting home. What to make for dinner? This amazingly easy and healthy warm kale salad of course! It’s a week night meal for one under 400 calories. With only 5 ingredients it can’t get any easier. This dish is both gluten free and dairy free and full of flavor. With the weather getting cooler (finally!) this combination of apples, walnuts and kale is perfect for a September weeknight dinner.
Chop all of your ingredients first, and then add them in step by step. Layer the dish until completion and then enjoy with your favorite book or magazine 🙂 Or you can be like me and watch My Best Friends Wedding. #90sgirlproblems
Warm Kale Salad with Apples, Walnuts and Pancetta
- 1.5oz pancetta
- 1/2 cup sliced yellow onion
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 small apple, cubed
- 5oz (1/2 10oz bag) of Trader Joe’s Organic Tuscan Kale
- 2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts
- Black pepper to taste
- Heat a medium sized frying pan over medium heat.
- Add the pancetta and sautee for 1-2 minutes.
- Add in the sliced onions and garlic and sautee for 2-3 minutes until the onions are translucent. Add black pepper to taste.
- Add in the cubed apple pieces and sautee for 2-3 minutes.
- Slowly add the kale to the skillet. Cover and cook 2-3 minutes. Toss and cover again for 1 minute, being careful not to over cook the kale as it could become bitter.
- Add the kale and apple dish to a bowl, and top with walnuts.
Hey winter – enough is enough!
If you saw our Facebook post on Friday, the weather in Greenville, SC vs. Boston, MA is very different right now. Ranging 30-50 degrees! For those of you in the Northeast .. I am so sorry. You have put up with enough snow, ice and cold.. you all deserve spring!! I grew up in upstate NY and went to ‘Cuse, so I totally get it. March weather is seriously the worst.
Today I thought I would bring a little hope for spring through food. Check out my springy tasting avocado strawberry salad with goat cheese and walnuts. This salad is a great meal for one, whether it be for lunch or dinner. You can add some lean protein to it too to make it heartier (think grilled chicken, shrimp or salmon). The strawberry brings a refreshing sweetness, while the goat cheese and avocado give a welcomed creaminess to the salad and the walnuts give the perfect amount of crunch. The avocado also gives some “meat” to the salad, as it is full of healthy good fats, and also keeps you fuller longer. Remeber: don’t be afraid of fats!! While I totally and completely love everything about the 90s, I do hate how fat phobic it made everyone. Incorporating good fats in your diet (like nuts and avocados here) will help reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Bonus: They have a much better full factor than carbs, which make you crave more and more.
Enjoy, and don’t worry, spring is coming!!
Avocado & Strawberry Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese and Walnuts
- 2-3 cups arugula
- 1/4 medium size avocado, sliced
- 3-4 medium sized strawberries sliced
- 1 oz goat cheese
- 1 Tablespoon chopped walnuts
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- Fresh ground black pepper and dried herbs to taste
- Add the arugula to a large bowl.
- Top with the sliced avocado, sliced strawberries, crumbled goat cheese and chopped walnuts.
- Dress the salad with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil, 1 Tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and fresh ground pepper and a small amount of fresh dried herbs (such as basil, if desired).
- Toss and eat!
What are your favorite spring foods?