Spring Spaghetti Squash Salad

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Serves: 4

-1 medium spaghetti squash

-2 tablespoons olive oil

-1/2 lb. asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces

-1 red bell pepper, diced

-2 cloves garlic, minced

-1/2 cup parmesan cheese (optional)

-1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped finely

-Salt & pepper to taste

Using a large, sharp knife, cut the spaghetti squash in half length-wise. Make sure you are doing this on a non-slippery surface. It can get kind of tricky! Remove the seeds from the inside of the squash using a metal spoon.  Place the two halves onto a large, microwave-safe plate, and cover them with moist paper towels. Place into the microwave for ~20 minutes, or until the spaghetti squash is tender but not mushy. Set aside and let it cool for about 5 minutes.

While the spaghetti squash is in the microwave, heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the red pepper and asparagus and cook until tender; about 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic, stir, then remove from the heat. When the spaghetti squash has cooled a little, spoon out the squash into the skillet with the other vegetables and stir it around so that the vegetables are evenly distributed. Add the parmesan cheese, the fresh dill, and any salt & pepper if you’d like. I then like to serve the salad in the spaghetti squash skin itself for presentation, but do whatever you’d prefer!

Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries & Slivered Almonds (Foo Foo Salad)

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Thanks to my friend Courtney, this salad has a fun nickname! I made it for the first time when I had her over for dinner early this Spring. I had never tried it before but it turned out to be a hit. She has made it for kids she babysits for; and even the kids loved it! This salad can be served either warm or at room temperature. It is full of sweet and salty flavor, but still maintains its healthy integrity. Enjoy!

Serves: 4

-1 bag shredded Brussels Sprouts (around 3.5 cups worth)

-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

-1/2 cup dried cranberries

-1/2 cup honey roasted slivered almonds

-2 teaspoons salt

-1 teaspoon pepper

Heat olive oil in a large pan on medium heat. It should take about 30 seconds to heat up effectively, and then add in the shredded Brussels sprouts. Cook the vegetable for 5-7 minutes, or until tender. Stir every minute. Add in the salt, pepper, cranberries, and honey roasted slivered almonds. Stir well so that the ingredients are evenly distributed, and taste for salt & pepper. Adjust as needed.

Pineapple Salsa

IMG_7239This recipe is super simple & delicious. Just mix all of the ingredients together, taste for salt & pepper, and then let sit for about 20 minutes in the fridge before serving. This will give it enough time for the flavors to marry. If you like your salsas a little spicier, you can add minced jalapeno to it (I would say about 1/2 tsp worth for this quantity). I love how this salsa is nice and sweet and has a great texture from the pineapple. Enjoy!

Serves: 4

-1 fresh pineapple (small), cut into small pieces

-1 medium roma tomato, diced

-2 tablespoons minced onion

-2 tablespoons cilantro, minced

-1 teaspoon salt

-pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)