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! 🙂