Salads To Cure The Post-Thanksgiving Hangover

After indulging in a variety of your favorite Thanksgiving foods your stomach might be craving something a little lighter however what about all those leftovers? These salads will help you use up your leftovers while also filling you up with greens because let’s be real as tasty as it is green bean casserole is hardly a green vegetable. If salads have you turning up your nose don’t worry there is a secret recipe at the end that will use up your leftover squash and still make you say YUMMMM.

Roasted Veggies and Dried Cherry Salad
This is a super simple salad that features roasted squash and cauliflower. Feel free to sub your favorite roasted veggies such as parsnips, brussels sprouts and/or sweet potato.
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Ingredients
  1. Roasted Butternut Squash (delicata or kabocha would be great as well)
  2. Roasted Cauliflower
  3. Dried Cherries
  4. Hemp seeds, crushed hazelnuts or almond flakes
  5. Greens of your choice - I recommend organicgirl PEPPERGREENS
  6. Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar or Lemon
Instructions
  1. This is a super easy salad to assemble especially with leftover roasted veggies. Simply toss your roasted veggies, dried cherries and hemp seeds together and drizzle with olive oil and vinegar or lemon; alternatively one of the organicgirl Salad Love dressings would be a great addition.
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Roasted Delicata Squash Apple Walnut Salad With PEPPERGREENS
Yields 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Delicata Squash, washed, cut into rounds and seeds removed
  2. 1 box organicgirl PEPPERGREENS
  3. 1 Gala or Fuji Apple, thinly sliced
  4. 1/4-1/3 cup Walnuts
  5. 1/4 cup organicgirl Salad Love Lemon Agave
  6. Maple Tahini Sauce
  7. 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  8. 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
  9. 3 tablespoons Tahini
  10. 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  11. 3 tablespoons water
  12. Salt & Pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the delicata squash rounds on the pan. Spray the squash with a light coating of coconut oil spray (optional) and season with salt and pepper. Place sheet pan in the oven and roast for 25-30 minutes; until the squash is cooked through. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes on the baking sheet before adding to salad.
  2. While the squash is roasting make the tahini sauce my simply whisking everything together.
  3. Toast the walnuts in a dry pan over medium heat just until they start to get a little bit of color. Remove and allow to cool.
  4. To assemble: Divide the greens between four different plates, top with a few slices of apple and squash. Drizzle a tablespoon each of the lemon agave dressing and the tahini sauce over the salad. Crush a few walnuts between your fingers and sprinkle over the salad.
Notes
  1. Delicata squash skin is super tender so there is no need to remove it just give it a good wash.
  2. Feel free to serve this salad family style by placing the greens in a large bowl, top with apples, squash and walnuts and dress just before serving.
  3. Toss the apple slices with a bit of lemon juice to prevent browning.
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Not into these salads but have a bunch of leftover squash (I mean who really wants to eat the squash?) I have this delicious and creamy pasta recipe for you. I used butternut squash but feel free to use whatever you have. This would also be great with leftover carrots, sweet potato or cauliflower.


–>Creamy Curry Vegan Mac and Cheese<–

Postpartum Fitness

I’m officially four months postpartum and while I had hoped to write about all the things I am doing to stay healthy and fit while being a WAHM/SAHM to three children the reality is I am still working on finding my fitness. I always say that with most things it’s not that you don’t have enough time to do something it’s that you aren’t making time and over the past four months I haven’t been making time to workout out. So when I came across a list of postpartum fitness plans that I made months ago I thought it was finally time to share them and to actually follow my own advice. 

Listen to my body. This is the one plan I actually followed through with. I listened to by body during the first six weeks of postpartum and didn’t push my activity level. If I was feeling exhausted or any sort of pressure around my pelvic floor I took that as a sign to slow down and I did. I ended up with the quickest healing I have ever had and I really attribute this to taking things slow this time around. Allowing myself to heal. 

barre3 Online – 10 minutes/day. Okay so I re-activated my subscription at the start of this month and I have only done two sessions. So this is currently one of my top goals especially since I plan to attend The Mom Edit barre3 event in less than two weeks and I would like to make it through the entire workout. 

Find Mama & Baby Yoga Class.  This is one of those things that I think the time has passed. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a weekend class and since I am home with my bigs during the week I couldn’t attend a class. That’s okay though- can’t win them all! 

Daily Walks With Kids.  This is one that I feel like I am failing at the most. I really need to get outside and walk with the kids everyday (weather permitting). The fresh air, the time in nature is something we all need so this combined with the barre3 online are my two main focuses. 

Get A Gym Membership. Okay so technically I have a gym membership but it’s at my husbands works which takes me anywhere from 20-90 minutes each way to get there so I honestly just don’t go. I could go on swim class days but just haven’t – so that being said I should. I am considering getting another membership to a closer gym but I have my insecurities about this which I’ll share in a later post. 

So that is it. My November goals are to do 10 minutes of barre3 per day and walk with the kids most days of the week. I also want to spend more weekend time out in nature with my family.