6 posts tagged BAS

Mixed Greens Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts

Do you ever go out to eat and order a dish that, when it comes to the table, you think, "Damn, I could do this at home and it would be so much better"? Not that it's bad at the restaurant! Just that you know that you could make it at home and you'd put your own spin on it. There's something about the restaurant experience that will forever make me adore going out to eat, but most of the time I finish my plate and think, "I'm going home and recreating this, except I'll use this instead of that ... Continue Reading

5 Easy, Weeknight Chicken Dinners

One ingredient, five ways. Chicken is one of the healthiest proteins you will come across in the grocery store. But nobody wants to eat chicken breast everday, especially when you don't have hours to come up with a recipe and roast off an entire bird. But chicken is perfect for healthy weeknight meals when you've had a long day and you want something easy, delicious, cheap and healthy. These are 5 of my favorite weeknight dinners. Chicken Taco Salad with Lima Crema This is one of my favorite ... Continue Reading

Tomato Watermelon Salad

There is something magical about eating dinner outside on a summer night. Summers on the lake mean hot days and warm nights. They also mean family and friends gathered happily on the lawn, waiting for sunset and watching the sky turn colors typically seen in glow-in-the-dark roller skating rinks. Perfect bite for a night like that? Garden fresh tomatoes, creamy avocado, sweet melon and fresh herbs. This recipe is inspired by a photo of a salad that I see constantly when browsing through my ... Continue Reading

6 Steps to Serving a Satisfying Salad

Salads hold a solid spot in my diet and an unabashed appreciation in my heart. In fewer words, I love salads. Specifically, I love big ass salads (BAS, in even fewer words). What makes a BAS a BAS? I'll tell you. But first, I want to be clear about what a BAS is not. A BAS is not the ubiquitous plopping of iceberg lettuce in a side dish with two cherry tomatoes, a slice of cucumber and the token canned olive. I'd go so far as to say that the typical Caesar salad served at the local pizza ... Continue Reading

Avocado Beet Salad with Toasted Pepitas

Beets have not always been my favorite vegetable. Growing up, all I knew were Beautiful Beets, which was a dish of mashed purple vegetables and sour cream that did not do it's name justice. I've lived to learn that beets aren't always mashed with sour cream, they aren't always bright purple, they aren't always called beautiful but they are delicious. And they happen to be super good for you. Recently, my man and I had dinner at Mud Hen Water in Honolulu. Very rarely do we leave a ... Continue Reading

Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Simple vinaigrette's are only simple in their preparation. Blend citrus or vinegar with good olive oil, add a pinch of salt and bit of freshly ground black pepper and you've got a solid base. You can play with a world of additional ingredients to add pop: fresh herbs, mustard, additional spices, zest... The key to making a vinaigrette is to use all of the flavors that your taste buds crave in just one taste: sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami. That makes them a fit foodies best friend... Continue Reading