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Warm Pecan, Date & Goat Cheese Salad!

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A lovely friend from work, Tina, shared her delicious salad recipe with me last week! It’s easy to make, warm, perfect for summer nights or in the fall.

This is a dish guests are sure to remember, and it only takes 25-30 mins to make!

*Vegetarian option: substitute chicken with edamame, black beans or chickpeas
*Serves four small sides or two dinner portions

What you’ll need:

•Red Leaf & Romaine Lettuce (or a bag of mixed baby greens)
•Pitted Dates (approx. 12 pcs) cut into bite size pieces.
•Goat Cheese
•2 teaspoons of low fat butter
•2 teaspoons of Olive Oil (if desired)
•Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs (approx. 4 pcs.)
•Sunflower seeds per serving
•Pumpkin seeds per serving
•Raw pecans per serving
•Organic honey (or favorite brand of honey)
•Raw cinnamon
•Strawberries (or raspberries) cut into half
•Raisins (optional)
•Dried Cranberries (optional)
•Cracked Pepper & Sea Salt to taste

Method:

•Wash lettuce, cut into bite size pieces and put aside to dry. Cut up strawberries and dates. Put aside.

•In a sauce pan on low heat, melt butter. Add pecans, dates, raisins and add a generous amount of honey. Toss all ingredients around so that everything is coated evenly with honey.

•Be careful not to have heat too high or honey will burn. Let simmer on low for about two minutes. Then take off burner and put aside.

***if adding chicken*** in another sauce pan, on medium heat with olive oil, add chicken thighs, cook thoroughly (until no longer pink inside). Add pepper & salt to taste. Put aside.

•Put the lettuce in bowls. Add sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, strawberries, dried cranberries (and chicken thighs if desired).

•Take warm pecan mixture and add to top of salad. Crumble goat cheese on top.

•You may add salad dressing (Tina suggests raspberry or a fruit based oil) to taste.

Enjoy!!

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Avocado for breakfast, lunch or dinner

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I can’t say enough about this power fruit! I could literally eat it every day, and so should you!

Here’s why:
-Helps lower cholesterol
-Maintains healthy weight loss (makes you feel full)
-Protects against eye disease (Vitamin E)
-Tons of fibre
-Contains vitamin D, K & B6

Cheers to a quick, easy & delicious breakfast:

Avocado (half)
Rye toast
Organic honey (1/2 tbsp)
Goat cheese (Sprinkle)

Yum!!!

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The ultimate vegetable grilled cheese sandwich! *Whew!*

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Ohh yah! I said it!

I had the most healthiest lunch today, it was Friday of course! So I decided to continue on and make this delicious vegetable grilled sandwich for dinner! I made two different ones for the occasion. I chose to top mine with avocado and made my boyfriend a cheesy mushroom melt!

Groceries:

  • 4 slices of thick bread
  • 1/2 Red pepper
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 3 mushrooms
  • Green leaf lettuce or spinach
  • Salt & trans fat free margarine
  • 1/2 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • Dash of pepper
  • 6 slices of brick Marble cheese
  • 1/2 cup of goat cheese

Makes 2 servings

Get your grill on.. the stove top:

1 mushroom melt and one avocado grilled sandwich.

  1. In a large pan, heat oil and pepper
  2. Wash and cut up mushrooms and red pepper
  3. Add to pan and saute peppers unit they are soft and mushrooms are golden brown
  4. While the vegetables are grilling, cut up half of the avocado and lettuce (or spinach)
  5. Remove vegetables from pan and let sit for a few minutes
  6. Wipe pan clean with paper towel
  7. Butter one side of each piece of bread
  8. Place bread – butter side down onto pan, top one slice of bread with 3 slices of marble cheese, 1/4 cup of goat cheese, and red peppers
  9. On another slice, top with 3 slices of marble cheese, mushrooms, 1/4 cup of goat cheese and red peppers
  10. Grill all 4 slices until golden brown, and the marble cheese has melted
  11. Remove from heat, and top the mushroom melt with lettuce, the other with avocado and lettuce!
  12. Place the other grilled bread slices on top and enjoy!

*These instructions are guidelines only. Cooking times and oven temperatures may vary*

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