Chicken Apple Walnut Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

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I’m finally back! 

*Hawaii* was the best vacation I have ever, ever been on but now I’m back, unpacked, and ready for a relaxing few days before I move to Reno.  

This summer, when I’m not out of town, I have been obsessed with salads!  They’re perfect for light summer lunches (and little bikini waistlines).  

With all of the fresh produce available in the summer, there’s so many possibilities to delicious, easy salads.  Plus, the ingredients are inexpensive and go a long way.  

Another bonus is that making salads will help you avoid turning on the hot stoves and ovens (although I did bake 8 dozen cookies yesterday.  Steamy kitchen anyone?)

So, since there’s only a few weeks of summer left (sigh) break out your cutting board and chop up some fresh ingredients for a nice summer salad.  Start with this one, and then down it with a few homemade cookies (;

*Look for a post in a few days about my trip to Hawaii!  I will show you the best things to do and the prettiest places to go*

 

Ingredients for Salad:

1 c. mixed spring greens

1 c. baby spinach

2 Tbs. feta cheese

4 oz. chicken breast, cooked thoroughly 

1/2 apple, diced (I used Gala)

3 Tbs. walnuts, chopped

 

Ingredients for Dressing:

1/2 heaping cup frozen raspberries, thawed slightly

3 Tbs. canola oil

2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp. honey dijon

2-3 Tbs. honey, to taste

2 tsp. poppy seeds, toasted

Salt and Pepper, to taste

 

To make dressing:

Combine raspberries, canola oil, apple cider vinegar, dijon, honey, and salt and pepper in a blender.  Blend until completely smooth.  Strain the dressing through a sieve to remove any chunks or seeds.  Stir in poppy seeds.

 

To prepare salad:

Toss all ingredients in a large bowl.  Drizzle 2 Tbs. of dressing on the salad and enjoy!

 

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The dressing in this salad rocks!  Tangy and fruity all at once.  

I hope you guys enjoy this delicious summer salad.

 

Alternatives:

Vegetarian:  Replace chicken with extra veggies or fruit.

Vegan:  Replace chicken with veggies or fruit.  Replace feta with vegan cheese or exclude altogether.  

Paleo:  Replace cheese and walnuts with veggies or fruit!

Gluten Free:  This recipe is gluten free!

XOXO Sara

 

Chipotle Spiced Chicken Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Crema

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Hi guys!

I’m writing this post late in the night purely because there’s a good chance I’ll be on a small hiatus for the next few weeks.

Why?

Because I’m moving!  Yep, the past week all I’ve been doing is packing away.  We even got a 26 foot trailer to pack it all in.  Crazy!

So, about these tacos.  I’ve been craving Mexican food so badly the past few weeks but have yet to get it.  And even though what I’m really craving is deep fried chips with salsa, and globs of gooey cheese over shredded beef, this was a pretty good sub for a healthy dinner.

And just in case you’re wondering, my brother (and I quote) said these were “the best tacos he ever had”.  A nice compliment if I do say so myself.

The best part?  They’re sooo easy!  They only took me about 1 hour to make from prep to dish-washing, and some of it can be made in advance if needed.

Keep reading for the best tacos ever 😉

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XOXO Sara Lynn

*Song of the day: Beach Demon by Wavves

 

Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Truffles

 

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Hello friends!

Another recipe for another day.  Lately, I’ve been needing chocolate.  NEEDING it.  And I’m not one of those crazy, obsessed chocolate-fans.  I just enjoy it four times three times more than once a week.

Chocolate is obviously one of the most popular foods in the whole entire world.  Cocoa powder is one amazing ingredient.  Has anyone ever tried it in a savory dish?  I think I need to get on that.

Mole sauce maybe?  On cheese enchiladas?  Yes please.

And although cocoa powder has amazing health benefits (antioxidants anyone?) milk chocolate or white chocolate do not provide the same benefits.  Dark chocolate is ideal for a healthy chocolate option, but many of the brands are still filled with sugar.

And that’s where I come in.  Well, my truffles.

These truffles are made with dark chocolate and a natural sweetener: honey!  However, don’t fret; they don’t taste like honey.  They also take about 7 minutes total.  Seriously.

Another bonus: kids and men will love these and they’ll never know that they’re good for them!  Score.

*Also look for some more alternatives at the bottom of this page!*

 

Ingredients:

6 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate

4-6 Tbs. honey (sweeten according to taste)

6 Tbs. skim milk

1/8 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 c. hazelnuts (or nut of choice), optional*

Cocoa powder, shredded coconut, or nuts for garnish

 

In a microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate, honey, milk, and salt.  Microwave in 30 second intervals until smooth, like ganache.  While still hot, add vanilla extract and hazelnuts.

Freeze for 2ish hours.  It may look firm before then, but the center won’t be.  It could help to mix it a few times.

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When it’s done, it should look like this.

Then, just scoop them out with a cookie scoop, and roll in garnish.  That easy!

Oh, and keep them in the freezer or they might melt.

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*Gluten Free Option: Already gluten free.

*Vegan Option:  Use coconut or almond milk instead of skim milk.

*Nut Free Option: Replace hazelnuts with chocolate chips, dried fruit, or leave them out completely.

*Honey Free Option: Use Splenda, agave nectar, or sugar if you want!

Let me know what you guys use in this recipe!  So yummy.

Stay Serendipitous!

XOXO Sara