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Roasted Squash and Arugula Greek Salad {vegetarian + paleo friendly}

This roasted squash and arugula greek salad is made with maple chili roasted winter squash, peppery arugula and is loaded up with fresh herbs, kalamata olives, red onion and feta cheese. So much flavor and veggies make this a winning flavor bomb of a salad! 

This roasted squash and arugula greek salad is made with maple chili roasted winter squash, peppery arugula and is loaded up with fresh herbs, kalamata olives, red onion and feta cheese. So much flavor and veggies make this a winning flavor bomb of a salad! 
 
Alright! I think it’s about time for a new blog post, don’t you?! This is a recipe I made a while ago, but  haven’t had the time to polish and share. But here it is! Finally ready! And I’m so excited for you guys to try it because it’s so BOMB! Turns out that roasting squash + and loading it up with arugula all the fixings of a greek salad is a really really really good idea 😉

This roasted squash and arugula greek salad is made with maple chili roasted winter squash, peppery arugula and is loaded up with fresh herbs, kalamata olives, red onion and feta cheese. So much flavor and veggies make this a winning flavor bomb of a salad! 

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Shaved Carrot and Parsley Salad {paleo + vegan}

Is it just me, or does winter seem to be a hard time to remember to include fresh vegetables in the dinner line up? The allure or roasting every vegetable that crosses my path into a sweet and caramelized nirvana is almost always too much to resist. But once in awhile, a salad comes along that does that perfect little thing of brightening up a hearty rich mid-winter meal like nothing else can. And this shaved carrot and parsley salad is exactly that.

Shaved carrot and parsley salad! A bright and colorful counterpart to your hearty meals. Made with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. Paleo and Vegan.
 
Because even though you’ve bookmarked every recipe for a slow braise you can get your hands on, and you’re making a giant pot of soup once a week, a little fresh veggie salad can still have that magic way of bringing a dinner together and making it feel like a real adult meal.

And adult meals can be hard sometimes.

Maybe I’m feeling especially compelled to share the recipe for this carrot salad with you because all I ate today was scrambled eggs, 1/2 an avocado, and 2 grain free scones (<— Not an adult meal, but it is real life.) And all I really want right now is some yummy healthy food to even out the playing field. You know, so I can eat more cookies. Recipe testing all the holiday goodies for the blog comes at a price, yo.

But in truth, this time of year more than ever, we gotta remember to take care of ourselves. November –> December burnout is a THING, and a good place to start when it comes to staying on track of self care (aka focusing on something other than all the holiday gifts you need to buy, parties you’re attending, all the outfits for said parties that need to be assembled, cookies that need to be baked for the fam, etc etc etc.. all during a season when you’re ALSO just supposed to be grateful for what you have and the people in your life but the world is sending such MIXED MESSAGES. It can be stressful, can’t it? Whew. That was a mouthful.)… is with your FOOD!

So simple, but so powerful.

It reminds us to slow down. It reminds us what is really the most important. It also reminds us that we already have a lot of the tools we need to take care of ourselves.

In last week’s installment of Rob Brezsny’s Astrology letter I was reminded (hiii fellow Virgo’s!) that the question of what I might do to take better care of myself will be a very relevant one in the coming year. That loving oneself is a great way to explore what that might look like, and that there’s still a lot to learn in this department. Which is pretty good advice even if you’re not into the whole astrology thing. Never stop holding the question: How could I do this better? And I just know that food plays an important role in that picture. It always does, right?

Plus, it’s just nice to see some color on your plate.

Shaved carrot and parsley salad! A bright and colorful counterpart to your hearty meals. Made with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. Paleo and Vegan.
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grilled summer squash caprese salad with burrata and basil {vegetaraian + gluten free + keto friendly}

Happy Fall, friends! The season of cozy everything has finally arrived, although I realize that in many parts of the states it hasn’t exactly felt like fall. We’re lucky enough to have had a little mix of both fall weather and sunny days here in Seattle. We’ve had some rain (thank god!) but the temperatures have still been warm enough for grilling and late afternoon lawn games, the sun blessing us with a few more lovely rays before she tucks herself away under a cover of clouds. And since grilling weather is not completely gone, we’ve been making things like this grilled summer squash caprese salad with burrata and basil.

Grilled summer squash caprese salad made with silky burrata cheese, fresh basil, balsamic, plenty of olive oil and toasted pine nuts - so simple and so divine!

If you’ve been following NK for awhile, you’ve probably noticed that I took a bit of a break from dairy over the last year or so, with the exception of yogurt and some hard cheeses. But lately I’ve been trying to add some back in – mostly just different types of cheese (although I did buy some heavy whipping cream around my birthday to make this brown sugar pavlova – pretty much the best birthday treat of all time!)

Which led to discovering the joy of burrata cheese. And once you find the beauty in burrata it’s sort of impossible to resist the simple pleasure of tearing open that perfect little mozzarella packet of soft cheesy goodness.

Although IF you are strictly dairy free, I think you could make a pretty dang delicious salad in similar fashion by substituting some creamy avocado for the burrata. Definitely adding that to my list for next time.

Grilled summar squash and avocado caprese salad?

I think yes.

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