Tis the Salad Season!
Summer is the perfect time to create wonderful, colorful, seasonal salads! There are so many fantastic seasonal vegetables available this time of year. Add your favorite veggies, berries, lean protein source, and a healthy fat-filled salad dressing for a nutrient-dense salad sensation!
Here is just a few idea’s to get your creative juices flowing:
lettuce options: spinach, baby kale, red, green, and purple lettuce, arugula, and endive
other veggies: cucumber, tomato, carrots, red onion, sweet peppers, zucchini, and radish
raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries
Lean Protein: grilled fish like wild-caught salmon or tuna, wild-caught shrimp, grilled chicken or turkey, pork tenderloin, and lean steak
Healthy Fats: kalamata olives, raw nuts, and seeds (like walnuts, almonds, or cashews, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds) cottage cheese, and grated or shredded parmesan cheese
Salad dressing idea:
My favorite salad dressing is a simple red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil blend (drizzle salad with a bit of each and add a dash of Himalayan sea salt to taste).
I love the changing seasons in Minnesota and like many people, fall is one of my favorites! This summer was relatively mild in the northland and enticed us with many enjoyable days which I am grateful for. Now it is September, however, and I can’t help but get excited as the air starts to tease us with its cooler crisp notes and the landscape of emerald green folds into the brilliant tones of red, orange, amber, yellow and gold.
One of the best things about fall is being out in nature and experiencing the above-mentioned environment first hand! Whether you are an avid hiker, cyclist, runner or just able to walk to the mailbox and back you can’t help but get all five senses involved! What a wonderful time of the year!!
It’s also that time of year when our bodies start looking for warming, energizing foods. Foods such as pot roasts and chilis. There are many wonderful fruits and vegetables in season now to add incredible flavors and nutrients to these dishes too! Among my favorites this time of year includes apples, pomegranates, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes. There are so many great nutrient dense dishes to make by incorporating those delicious foods! I love chili in the fall, it warms me from the inside out and makes my home smell incredible! I’d like to share a very simple, chili recipe that is beautiful to look at, loaded with health benefits, tastes great and doesn’t take much time to make! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
FALL CHICKEN CHILI
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 8 Servings
Serving Size: 1 Cup