Kale (massaged with lemon juice so it wouldn't be so tough), spinach, cucumber, grape tomato, pineapple, and mint all tossed with a splosh of apple cider vinegar and EVOO and sprinkled with salt and pepper. It was a little too acidic, so I drizzled about a teaspoon of raw honey over it. I also added a few pumpkin seeds for texture. The result was really fresh and tasty.
For dinner, it was more salad... but this salad kicked lunchtime salad's ass. I got the idea for it from a blogpost by my girl, Parker. She found it on Loretta Urban's post. Loretta's recipe was a spinach salad with panko breaded, baked buffalo chicken breast, blueberries, strawberries, almonds, carrots, and tomatoes with olive oil, and it looked fabulous! My take was baby spinach with blueberries, sliced strawberries, chopped cucumber, crumbled Stilton, and Lightlife's meatless buffalo smartwings chopped up and all tossed with an easy, homemade raspberry yogurt vinaigrette.
You can't see the blueberries, because they're shy. The salad was soooo good. Spicy, salty, sweet, and crunchy. It had that great chemistry between the creamy Stilton and the buffalo flavors. I'm pretty sure those two in particular got it on on my tongue while the other ingredients sat and watched with big hard-ons, just waiting for a piece of the action. Even Jake, with his soy phobia, loved it. I'll post the recipe for the yogurt vinaigrette at the bottom.
I also want to mention a clothing website I saw recently on a blog. It's www.everlane.com. It's private, so you have to join and then get someone else to join in order to shop (sounds like a pyramid scheme, I know, but you won't go to jail). But once you're in, you get amazingly high quality stuff for crazy affordable prices. Their "perfect tee" would sell for $50 in stores, but they cut out the retail mark-up, so you get it for $15! I shared the link on Facebook, but no one joined. Boo. I almost forgot about it, and then Jenny, of www.myfavoriteandmybest.com (the one who brought the website to my attention in the first place, and whom I adore so much that I kind of want to have her babies), posted this video review of the perfect tee she ordered.
After seeing this, and after watching it five more times because I laughed so hard, I thought, I want a shirt that makes me rub my boobs!!! I think we ALL need a shirt like that, don't you? And it's only $15 dollars! But apparently I was Ever LAME and had no friends to help me get my foot in the door. I told Jake that if he posted the link on his Facebook and got 50 people to join (which gets you free shipping for life), I'd fellaish him. None of his friends joined, but Jake did, and his membership was enough that I could start shopping, and I got free shipping for the first 24 hours. (AND escaped a BJ. Woohoo!) I ordered each of us a T-shirt, and they came a few days later. This is us in our new shirts, after we calmed down and stopped feeling our boobs.
They really are super comfy and soft, and they didn't get all stretched out five minutes after we put them on. Y'all need to join and getchu some. Now if only Pinterest would invite me in.
Since I posted the T-shirt video of Jenny, I have to go ahead and share my other favorite of her videos. It's TAMtastic.
Anyone who's done Tracy arms knows exactly how she feels.
Here's the recipe for the vinaigrette:
Raspberry Yogurt Vinaigrette
(These measurements are kind of approximate, because I was eyeballing everything.)
1/4 c lowfat raspberry yogurt, raspberry kefir, or plain yogurt sweetened to taste with raspberry jam
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp aged balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
I like to put all the ingredients in a mason jar (or any container w/ a tight lid) and shake away. This will yield about a 1/3 cup of dressing, which was enough for our two salads.
If you like it sweeter, add a little honey, agave, or stevia to taste. You could also swap out any fruit flavored yogurt or jam for a different flavor. I happened to have raspberry kefir, so that's what I used. Strawberry would work well for this salad, too. You could also forgo the fruit flavor altogether and go for honey or maple syrup w/ plain yogurt and have something that would be delicious on, say, a barbecue chicken salad or a vegetarian salad w/ black beans, corn, avocado, tomato, and peppers. The possibilities are endless. If you're not a dairy person, I've never tried or cooked with soy, almond, or coconut milk yogurts, but I'm sure they'd work just fine.