Thursday, December 31, 2009

sensational salads

Since cookies have basically become their own food group for me for the past few days, I’ve tried to balance that out by eating lots of THESE:DSCN0095

Gorgeous much? Every day around lunchtime I assemble a salad bar with a variety of veggies, proteins, dips and the like, resembling something like this:

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This one was quite yummy. Atop mixed greens and romaine tossed with a bit of homemade orange dressing there were shrooms, pickled eggplant, guac, white bean dip, fava bean dip, and tyrokafteri.

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Heaven!

Lunch today gave me an awesome conundrum. So okay, my usual style of eating involves saving the best for last. BUT, today’s lunch was so uniformly awesome I couldn’t decide:

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Along with the Chobs, I had a dipping plate:

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Which was red pepper and carrot slices, fava bean dip, and more of Astra’s beer foccacia (I swear, I will never make another bread again. Girl is a champ!)

If I had, HAD, to pick, though, I think my favorite component was the salad!

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Arugula, apples, and goat cheese dressed with lemon juice, olive oil, and freshly ground black pepper.

Oh em gee. Make this.

I also, as I am wont to do many many times every day, had tea. My house is cold, yo.

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And my adorable mother made it (we both drink a ton of tea- we switch off making it- the kettle is almost always on- so glad we got electric!) and wasn’t sure if I wanted milk, so brought some on the side in this ridiculous antique serving dish:

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Geez I am spoiled at home.

So yeah, despite the tons of salads I’ve had at home, I then went out to dinner and ordered salad. No picture (first date- that’d be just a LITTLE awkward) but it was at California Pizza Kitchen so I got one from their website!

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Let the record state that their new Moroccan chicken salad is EXCELLENT! Bloggers favorite things- beets, avocado, red peppers, DATES, almonds, curry spiced chicken, lettuce and vinaigrette. Keerazy tasty!

And a nice guy. We then went ice skating and had hot chocolate AW. But to be totally honest, still miss The Boy. Too bad he turned out to be… ugh, whatever.

A final food thing of note- I have been LIVING ON NUTS. There are SO MANY OF THEM IN MY HOUSE.

I’ve been eating salted nuts, spiced nuts, candied nuts, praline-d nuts, honey roasted nuts, and, most recently:

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Chocolate covered nuts.

A small, highly unrepresentative sample:

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Yum! I am definitely, DEFINITELY getting enough monounsaturated fatty acids!

11 comments:

candice said...

o_o Wow! Those salads look so fresh and colorful. I'm too cold to eat salads right now though... though tea, I guess, is a nice counter? :)

monicaonthego.com said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and I agree that is a great salad at the Pizza Kitchen. First date, huh!? Exciting!

FoodFitnessFreshair said...

Yum, I love salads!! And have also been eating wayy to many cookies.

tara said...

Oh my goodness your salads all look soooo delicious!!!! And your tea mug!? Adorable!! hehe enjoy the rest of your stay at home, seems very relaxing! <3 <3

Jess said...

Those salads look incredible!! I love salads but I rarely make my own. That's why I love Ruby Tuesdays...GREAT salad bar!!
<3 jess
xoxo

Anais said...

Hi! Thanks for checking out my blog!

I have to say, your food philosophy is exactly how I see things! I have to admit that a few years back I was definitely lured to all those chemical foods, but I know better now :) And I don't usually believe in depriving myself (ever), but the January no-sugar thing is one of the exceptions ;)

Let me know if you actually want to be part of the challenge! I will definitely be checking your blog out again :)

From Here to There. In Purple. said...

Thank you for the beautiful comment, I can't tell you how appreciative I am.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and bright new year, darling. Don't ever forget that you're a rock star.
<3 rebecca

chrystad72 said...

Great looking salad pics! Everything looks awesome. I hope you had a great first date too=) Happy New Years!!

Danielle (Coffee Run) said...

Your salads are so colorful, love it :)
And I agree, taking pics of food on the first date would be a littleeeee awk.

Tamara Marnell said...

Chocolate covered cashews?!! I've never had them, but considering that the cashews are always the first to disappear from my mixed nuts, I think if I had a couple of those around my no-chocolate-week would be officially over.

Amber said...

wow all your food looks great! Hope the date went well!