Despite the fact that since returning to the States I haven’t had the desire to blog, I have the overwhelming desire to get back in the kitchen. I have been elated to have a fully-sized, fully stocked kitchen at my disposal along with a personal dishwasher. Thanks Mom. Additionally, after neglecting my relationship with healthy balance for the past four months, I have been delighted to throw some healthy meals together and regain a little more control over my eating habits.
For me, cooking is a little like riding a bike. If you haven’t done it in a while, it can feel a little strange, but before you know it, you are pedaling with the wind in your face and attempting to ride with no hands – or in my case, squeezing lemons, slicing avocados, simmering quinoa, adding cinnamon to everything, and discovering new ways to make oatmeal every morning. Coffee in oatmeal? Yes, please.
Alas, today, I am going to share with you one of my favorite, simple salad
recipes idea. Aside from the fact that I used to turn up my nose at a bowl of cold vegetables, I also thought that making salads was totally overrated. I perceived salads as a chore that involved chopping a zillion vegetables and the only reward was a bland, boring meal. These days I find slicing vegetables to be cheap therapy, and I find a cold bowl of vegetables delectably delicious, especially on a hot summer day. Plus, salads are the perfect outlet for creativity in the kitchen; the combinations of vegetables, fruits, grains, and dressing are endless.
Today, I topped arugula with quinoa, chopped artichoke hearts, blueberries, and Annie’s Lite Honey Mustard dressing.
In retrospect, I probably would have added some pumpkin seeds or cashews for a little crunch, a tad of saltiness, some extra protein. Luckily, there is always a another salad. However, I’m not telling you to make this salad (although I really did enjoy this combination). Make your own salad. Don’t be afraid to branch out and throw a few obscure ingredients in your next bowl of greens. And if you are like I used to be and a little skeptical of salads, I promise they can be a delicious meal, and if you’re a little low on inspiration, you might want to try some raisins and corn nuts as a topping – I promise you won’t be disappointed (thank you Spain).
What is your favorite salad combination? I’m always looking for new, tasty combinations.