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Loaded Salad

“It is increasingly obvious that environmentally sustainable solutions to world hunger can only emerge as people eat more plant foods and fewer animal products. To me it is deeply moving that the same food choices that give us the best chance to eliminate world hunger are also those that take the least toll on the environment, contribute the most to our long-term health, are the safest, and are also, far and away, the most compassionate towards our fellow creatures.” -John Robbins (Author of Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution)

This salad & salad dressing are scrumdiddilyumptious!!

Salad

  • 2 cup red romaine
  • 2 cup green leaf lettuce
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 carrot, shaved
  • 1/4 cucumber, sliced
  • 3-4 pieces of marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1 T hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup feta (exclude for vegan)
  • 1 hard boiled egg (exclude for vegan)

Toss the ingredients together.

Salad Dressing

  • 3 parts EVOO
  • 2 parts red wine vinegar
  • dried basil, sprinkle in generously
  • dried rosemary, sprinkle in generously
  • salt & pepper to taste

Whisk ingredients together.  It is a good practice to make your own salad dressings whenever possible because you don’t need to consume preservatives, additives, and ‘natural flavors’ that are terrible for your health!  It blows my mind that salad dressings often have in excess of 10-15 ingredients when you can make your own for a fraction of that.

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Baked Tofu Salad

“Give your dog or cat respect, patience, understanding, and love.  And if you just change to one vegetarian day a week, that’s a wonderful step that will save animal lives.  It means you have chosen something kind instead of something cruel.”- Ingrid Newkirk

I like the quote above because I think that is a good challenge that everyone can and should do.  Maybe make it “Meatless Monday” and make a conscious effort to avoid meat and animal products.  I’m thinking about challenging myself to follow a vegan diet one day a week.

So I had this delicious salad at the Village Bakery and Cafe in Athens, Ohio.  This salad can be easily replicated so I thought I’d pass it along.

  • spring mix of salad
  • sprouts
  • baked tofu
  • apple slices
  • avocado
  • almonds
  • homemade feta and dill salad dressing (vegan with a different type of salad dressing)
  • garnish with orange slices

Spring mix, sprouts, baked tofu, almonds, avocado, orange, dill and feta dressing

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Green Goodness Grilled Cheese

“I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man” Mohandas Gandhi

This recipe is a grown-up twist on a grilled cheese sandwich.

Ingredients

  • bread
  • mayo or butter
  • pesto
  • 2-3 slices of mozzarella
  • chevre goat cheese
  • spinach
  • 1/2 avocado

Spread pesto on one piece of bread.  Then layer the sandwich with mozzarella, spinach, goat cheese, avocado, mozzarella, and slice of bread.  Use either butter or mayo on the side of the bread that will touch the skillet.  Cook each side of the sandwich for about 3-4 minutes on each side.  I think this sandwich would also work well with a panini type of toaster, but I haven’t made it that way yet.  I tested this out on my mom this weekend when she visited me and she approved!

grilled cheese with pesto, mozz, goat cheese, avocado, & spinach

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