Cooked Cabbage and Veggie Salad

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As anyone that remotely follows my blog knows, I make an effort to get in 8-10 cups of veggies a day…not only that, I try to get in 8-10 cups of COOKED veggies a day (don’t worry, I still get in some raw ones too!).  The reasons for this are many, but one of the big ones is that cooking veggies allows one to get even more of them in, because they often cook down, or reduce in size.  More veggies = more nutrients and minerals, so this is a good thing!

This goal makes me aim to get in 2-3 cups per meal, and this cooked cabbage and veggie salad is PERFECT for this!  Loads of veggies and super yummy flavors make for a great meal or side dish with some sort of protein.  Today was a light lunch, so I just made this for lunch itself.  Talk about satisfied!  I felt terrific after eating this!

As the name indicates, the main ingredient in this salad is red cabbage.  A super nutritious cruciferous veggie with loads of health benefits!

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Woo-hoo!  Love seeing all those health benefits of something that I’m putting in my body!  Especially since it’s a delicious way to be healthy!  Let’s get to the recipe!

COOKED CABBAGE AND VEGGIE SALAD

Ingredients: 2-4 servings

  • 1/2 small head of red cabbage, cut into very thin slices
  • 2 cups of frozen peas, cooked as indicated on the package
  • 2 carrots, chopped into small slices
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 1/3 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • sea salt, to taste

Directions:

1.) Prepare the peas as indicated on the package. Set aside.

2.) Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large frying pan.  Add the carrots and onion. Cook for 3 minutes.  Add the cabbage, garlic granules, onion powder, and 1/2 cup of water. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the water cooks off and the cabbage is very tender (almost noodle like).  Add the peas, and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

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3.) Remove from the heat, and season with sea salt, to taste.  Transfer to plates to serve.

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Loads of nutrition on a plate!  Enjoy! 🙂

Brussels Sprouts and Cranberry Side Salad

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This lil’ side salad just screams fall!  It makes for a perfect side to baked chicken breast or turkey, or you could just chop up some chicken or turkey and add it right in to make it a meal salad instead of a side salad.  However you choose to enjoy it, enjoy it you will!!!

Brussels sprouts are one of the healthiest foods you can put in your body.  They are loaded with nutrition and provide many many health benefits, some of which are listed in the following pin.

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If you are looking for a way to include more of these little guys in your diet, this salad makes for the perfect way to do so!

BRUSSELS SPROUT AND CRANBERRY SIDE SALAD

Ingredients (makes two servings)

  • 1 lb. brussels sprouts, washed and quartered
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic granules
  • pinch of stevia
  • 2-3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • sea salt
  • 2 oz. soft goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries (apple juice sweetened)

Directions

1.) Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large frying pan.  Add the onion and brussels sprouts.  Cook for 2-3 minutes.  Add the garlic granules, stevia, apple cider vinegar, and sprinkle with sea salt.  Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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2.) Transfer to a plate or bowl.  Top with crumbled goat cheese and the dried cranberries.  Season with more sea salt, if desired.

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SO good and SOOOOO good for you!  Enjoy! 🙂

Basil Cucumber Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing

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This is a REALLY simple salad that is very low in calories!  One of the most flavorful ingredients in this is basil – YUM, my favorite!!!  Not only is basil incredibly tasty, but it is also incredibly good for you!  The following pin describes some of the health benefits of basil.

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Some additional health benefits of consuming basil are as follows!

  • Aid in the treatment of ulcers
  • Helps to treat a fever
  • relieves a sore throat
  • Beneficial for cancer patients
  • Curbs laziness
  • Helps eliminate bad breath
  • Helps treat kidney stones
  • Good for your heart

The list keeps going!  Basil is really good for our health in many different ways!  This is due to basil’s excellent healing properties and infection fighting properties.  I’m certainly glad this is pretty much my favorite herb since it is so versatile when it comes to improving our health!

So, on to this salad…ahhh, this salad!  It’s delicious!  It’s really simple, but incredibly flavorful.  It makes for a perfect side salad with dinner, or you can have a much larger portion and make it into a lunch meal.  No matter how or when you decide to eat it, you will love it!

BASIL CUCUMBER SALAD

Ingredients – you can use as much of each ingredient as you would like!

For the salad:

  • Spring Greens
  • Fresh Basil
  • Red Onion
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato

For the Dressing:

  • Olive oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Honey
  • Sea Salt

Directions:

1.) In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the dressing.  Whisk together and set aside.

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2.) On a plate, combine all the salad ingredients, then top with the dressing.

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I know you are probably thinking this seems like such a simple salad, and it is!  But I guarantee, you will love these flavors together!  Don’t be shy with the basil – it’s delicious!  Enjoy! 🙂