Golden Beet Salad with Avocado and Feta

Golden Beet Salad with Avocado & Feta

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Food pics and dog pics?? You guys are really striking internet gold with today’s blog post. 😉 I recently started walking my friend’s dog a few days a week, and it’s become an hour of “me time” I look forward to each afternoon. Headphones on, away from the computer, getting my daily dose of Vitamin D–I love it! And just look at this little cutie … cooking-light-1

I switch up where we go each day, and with the warm weather in full swing, these dog walks are the perfect excuse to get out of the apartment and soak in this beautiful city that I all too often take for granted. If we’re going to be crossing streets and weaving around crowds, I’ll pick out a podcast to listen to, but if I take the little fluff ball to the Public Garden, he spends so much time sniffing around trees that I can actually do some reading while we “walk” (aka stop to sniff and pee on every single bush in Boston).

For today’s post, I stopped by Shaw’s (<– you can get $1 off PEOPLE, InStyle, Real Simple, Cooking Light or Sunset magazine with that link) and picked up a Cooking Light for my trip to the park. Flipping through magazines is so relaxing to me, and food magazines in particular are perfect for blog recipe inspiration. Golden Beet Salad with Avocado & Feta

One of the pages I dogeared on my walk was a beet salad. Inspired by the recipe, I threw together this variation of arugula, golden beets, feta and avocado when I got home. So delicious! For the full recipe, check out the June issues of Cooking Light.Golden Beet Salad with Avocado & Feta

Golden Beet Salad with Avocado & Feta

I made this light and refreshing salad for dinner the other night along with some pan-cooked cod and quinoa and it was perfection.

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What are your favorite magazines with which to unwind?

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Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe!

I eat lunch at bgood at least once a week, and their Citrus & Avocado Salad is one of my favorites. Realizing I had all the ingredients to make my own, I put together this at-home version for dinner the other night and loved how it turned out! It’s not an exact replica (I have no clue how bgood makes their dressing) and I made a few ingredient swaps (add spinach & quinoa!), but other than that it’s pretty spot-on.

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe!Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe!

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette

Yield: 1 salad

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 2 big handfuls of baby spinach (or green of your choice)
  • 1/2 grapefruit, peeled and split into pieces
  • 1/2 orange, peeled and split into pieces
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Small handful of pistachios
  • Goat cheese for topping
  • Optional: Heap of cooked quinoa (1/4 c uncooked is all you'll need for one salad)
  • For the dressing:
  • 1/3 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 1/4 c fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1/4 tsp lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the dressing ingredients and set aside. If possible, prepare the dressing ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. The flavors are so much more pronounced if the ingredients soak together for a few hours/overnight.
  2. If you're going to add quinoa for a more filling salad, cook following package directions. In general though, you use a 3:2 water-to-uncooked quinoa ratio on the stove. Bring water to a boil, add quinoa, lower to a simmer until cooked and fluffy (12-15 mins).
  3. For the grapefruit and orange, peel, separate the pieces and then remove as much of the white pith and clear casing as possible. Don't lose sleep over getting it all off--sometimes it's a total pain.
  4. Assemble your salad ingredients, top with desired amount of dressing and enjoy!
http://pumpsandiron.com/2016/05/09/citrus-avocado-salad-with-a-lemon-mint-vinaigrette/

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe! Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe!

The flavor combos in this salad just scream “summer!” If you want a light lunch or to eat this as a side dish, the quinoa isn’t necessary. If you’re eating this for dinner, I recommend adding it (or brown rice would be good, too).

Any other bgood fans out there? What’s your favorite menu item?

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My Favorite Veggie Sandwich

Sweet Potato Hummus Veggie Sandwich -- my go-to sandwich recipe!

As promised in my last post, I now give you pretty pictures of a sandwich. Because dammit I can’t cry writing every post I put up.

Any time I make a batch of my sweet potato hummus, it’s a guarantee I’ll eat this sandwich for lunch every day until it’s gone. I’m currently obsessed with Whole Foods’ organic quinoa flax bread (pictured), but you could make this as a wrap or with any other bread your little heart desires. If you don’t want to make a batch of sweet potato hummus, just use regular store-bought hummus–still delicious! Sweet Potato Hummus Veggie Sandwich -- my go-to sandwich recipe! Sweet Potato Hummus Veggie Sandwich -- my go-to sandwich recipe! Sweet Potato Hummus Veggie Sandwich -- my go-to sandwich recipe!

My Favorite Veggie Sandwich

Yield: 1 sandwich

My Favorite Veggie Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of your favorite bread (or a wrap)
  • Sweet potato hummus
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 tomato, sliced
  • Handful of lettuce (I like bibb lettuce for sandwiches)
  • Handful of sprouts
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Make the hummus (click for recipe above in ingredient list).
  2. Toast the bread. Coarsely smash up the avocado on one slice of bread and sprinkle pepper on top. Generously spread sweet potato hummus on the other slice.
  3. Layer on the other ingredients and firmly press sandwich together.
http://pumpsandiron.com/2016/04/22/my-favorite-veggie-sandwich/

Sweet Potato Hummus Veggie Sandwich -- my go-to sandwich recipe! Sweet Potato Hummus Veggie Sandwich -- my go-to sandwich recipe!

Hope you all have a fun weekend ahead of you! If you’re in Boston, Fitbit Local is having their launch event tomorrow morning by SOWA. Free bootcamp class and yoga–you just need to RSVP here. I’m so excited to be able to workout again without worrying about keeping my legs fresh for a weekly long run! I was definitely doing fitness classes all throughout my training, but as the long runs got to be 15+ miles, I had to cut back a little and strategize the timing of them so my legs wouldn’t be fried. I did Btone this morning for the first time in a couple weeks and it was glorious. GLORIOUS.

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