Category Archives: dinner

mango chorizo taco salad bowls with green sauce {gluten free}

Well HELLO, my loves! I’m still here!

I haven’t fallen off a cliff or moved to the middle of nowhere with no internet I PROMISE.

Just took a break from blog land for a little while. But I did miss you, and I have to admit I have that guilty feeling in my stomach that I get when I haven’t called my mother in waaay too long. I know we’ve all been there. Maybe we can make it right with by sitting down with this some of these mango chorizo taco salad bowls with green sauce. Anything topped with green sauce usually makes things right.

Mango chorizo taco salad bowls with green sauce! Spicy crumbled chorizo layered over salad greens with a rainbow of veggies and all your favorite toppings.
 
This past two weeks gave me a chance to do something that had been missing for awhile – time to re-connect with myself, Patrick, friends, aaaand my inner wild child (<< all very important things, you know?)

Galavanting around to the soundtrack of our favorite bands was so fulfilling and just the kind of magic that I needed to feel like I had really had a SUMMER. Sitting inside every day on a computer and then going inside to work at the restaurants was starting to feel too predictable and even a little stifling.

Just the very fact of not picking up my cell phone for FIVE DAYS STRAIGHT was incredibly liberating, and really put me back in touch with the person that I am without all the filters and perfectly edited captions. I felt soooo much love surround me in the last two weeks and it was pure, raw, maybe-haven’t showered-in-a-little-too-long Nyssa, and it was so affirming and self realizing.

It sounds a little cliche, but summer festival season always fills up my heart and soul in a way that nothing else can, and this year did not disappoint. But I do have to admit that this mango chorizo taco salad bowl with green sauce is a pretty great thing to come home to, and I hope you’ll think so too.

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Loaded Greek Salad bowl with crispy chickpeas and creamy jalepeno dressing {gluten free + dairy free option}

Summer is coming and that means allllll the loaded salad bowls! And we’re kicking off the warm weather salad vibes with this gem right here – a loaded greek salad bowl with crispy chickpeas and creamy jalepeño dressing!

Loaded greek salad bowl with crispy chickpeas and creamy jalepeño dressing is satisfying, healthy and easy to make! Packed with crisp greens, loads of veggies, buttery casteltravano olives, crispy chickpeas and feta cheese it's a salad lovers DREAM!

I first had the notion to put together a greek salad bowl during a lunch date with myself at Oddfellows Cafe here in Seattle. If you’re ever in Seattle do yourself a favor and brunch, lunch or have dinner there! It’s a great space with delicious food + and a wonderful drink selection.

They had a special running for a greek salad, and I sorta fell in love with it.

The weekend after that we were heading out to the coast to vacation on the beach for memorial day weekend with some friends of ours, and needed to plan all of our meals for the trip. I tried my hand at throwing together a loaded greek salad and it turned out so great. I knew with a couple more simple tweaks it was destined to be shared with you.

why you’ll love this loaded greek salad bowl

 

It comes piled high with tender spicy greens, sweet tomatoes, briny and buttery casteltravano olives (these olives bring me to my KNEES!), fresh cucumbers, cubed smoked turkey for some protein, spiced crispy chickpeas, all the fresh herbs, green onions, and a little feta cheese to set it off IF that’s your style.

And did I mention it’s topped with a creamy jalepeño dressing ?🙂

I DIE.

This situation is pretty much salad heaven, you guys.

Definitely not a classic greek salad, but we’ve all probably had our fair share of that, right?

Loaded greek salad bowl with crispy chickpeas and creamy jalepeño dressing is satisfying, healthy and easy to make! Packed with crisp greens, loads of veggies, buttery casteltravano olives, crispy chickpeas and feta cheese it's a salad lovers DREAM!

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rainbow collard green spring rolls with shrimp {paleo}

Ohh hey nice weather! I’m looking at YOU! The sun is here (hopefully to stay!), summer is just around the corner, and we’re eating alllll the crunchy, spicy, SUPER HEALTHY rainbow collard green spring rolls with shrimp.

Ya with me?!

Rainbow collard green spring rolls with shrimp! Layers of tangled crunchy veggies, perfectly pan seared shrimp, spicy mayo, all tucked inside some SUPER HEALTHY collard green wraps!

Rainbow collard green spring rolls with shrimp! Layers of tangled crunchy veggies, perfectly pan seared shrimp, spicy mayo, all tucked inside some SUPER HEALTHY collard green wraps!
 
Tangled crunchy veggies. Perfectly pan seared shrimp. Spicy mayo, avocado, or both! A salty and slightly tangy dipping sauce to go with it. Yes yes and yes.

Every time I eat collard green wraps I always feel this major blast from the past – memories of collard wraps filled with greens and sliced fresh veggies, salads, cashew “cheese”, sprouted seed crackers and a dehydrator running 24/7 in our little apartment run through my head.

You see, shortly after starting college I started eating a vegetarian diet, which quickly transitioned to eating vegan, which then led me down the exploratory path of eating a 100% raw vegan diet. It lasted just shy of a month, after which I realized it wasn’t exaaactly the right fit for me. I found my energy levels to be majorly lacking and after eating an enormous meal, I still didn’t feel satisfied or full. Not good things!

But since every experience gives us the opportunity to learn something about ourselves or the world we live in, I did gain some really valuable skills in preparing and incorporating raw foods into my every day eating habits. And it also taught me the priceless lesson to listen to my body’s signals for what works for, and what works against my health. It was shortly after this little venture into raw foodism that I did a complete 180 and started consuming meat and animal products again, but this time with more intention. Choosing pastured and organic animal products, knowing where they came from, how they were processed and how MUCH of them I was eating.

And of course my journey toward optimal health was not over at that point – and I don’t think it ever will be. Our bodies are constantly changing, requiring new types of attention and nourishment + we are always within that feedback loop of taking care of ourselves the best way we know how, reading the information our bodies send back to us and adjusting as we go. It’s kind of a really cool thing if you tune into it.

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