Arugula, Lentil, and Sweet Potato Salad

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After the gorgeous and eternally young Christie Brinkley recently shared with People magazine that she snacks on melon and walnuts and eats beans and veggies for lunch and dinner, I was compelled to do the same. Do I expect to wake up one day looking like Christie? Of course not. But I love that the model, who’s been a vegetarian since the age of 13, is extremely health conscious and opted to share her ‘secrets’ with us. Besides, if it’s good enough for her, it’s certainly good enough for me. 

So, in an effort to include more beans and veggies into my meals, I’ve been going through old recipes and coming up with some clean and simple new ones–like this Arugula, Lentil, and Sweet Potato Salad. Not only is this salad extremely tasty, it’s also unbelievably easy to throw together, making it the perfect on-the-go meal. I’ve taken it to work with me nearly every day for the last week and it always leaves me feeling full and satisfied. I think Christie must be on to something…

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Lentil and Quinoa Stuffed Squash

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Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!

Even though it’s still more than 100 degrees here in Texas, it’s September and the football season has finally begun so I’ve decided to pretend that it’s fall! Woohoo!

So, it may not officially be fall yet, but I’m already dreaming about colder weather and warmer foods. The official start of the season isn’t for a few more weeks, but the fruits and vegetables at the grocery store allude to what’s on the horizon. Recently, I’ve been seeing increasingly more winter squashes–one of my favorite foods–in the produce aisle and it’s made me so happy that I can’t help but snatch them up each time I see them. So happy, in fact, that I don’t even mind heating up the oven. Yep, I’ll sweat it out in my kitchen if it means enjoying dishes like this Lentil and Quinoa Stuffed Squash. Besides, even the cold leftovers the next day are out of this world.
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Vegetarian Lentil Soup

20130119-233511.jpg My hubby buys vegetarian lentil soup nearly every time we go to the grocery store. I was shocked the first time he brought home a big tub of the soup–my hubby, the meat-eater, enjoying a vegetarian dish?!? (I can’t tell you how much it thrills me that he loves a food we can both eat!!) Unfortunately, there is a down-side: what doesn’t thrill me about this scenario is how quickly those gigantic tubs can add up. One tub = 1, maybe 2, servings for him, and each tub costs around $8. That’s a pretty hefty price tag for something that often constitutes just a snack or only a portion of his lunch or dinner.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried to recreate his favorite soup a couple of times. Both times, however, no matter how much I seasoned, the soups turned out bland and tasted merely “OK.” Despite my past failures, my hubby has continued to ask me to try again. I’ve wanted to, but my ego has kept me from agreeing with him–what if I fail yet again?? Finally, after months of badgering, I caved. Fortunately for me, the third time really is a charm :)
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