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Hi there LOVElies!

Happy Spring Everyone! Open the windows, get some fresh air and best of all, lets get some delicious crisp, salads on our menus! I do have a love for my soups and crockpot, but I am itching for a change and I bet you guys are too!

So I absolutely love Asian Cuisine. Love. Love. Love it. AND I am always on the hunt for healthy sides to serve with with my Asian main courses. Don’t get me wrong, I am ALWAYS down for a great bowl of noodles or sticky rice, ALWAYS. But to be honest, on days I don’t want the extra carbs, it can be difficult to find low carb, healthy options.

I have my rockstar Salmon ready to go.. but nothing to serve it on!!

Ladies and gentlemen, I have found the perfect supporting actor here… It is a cucumber carrot salad made with a light vinaigrette and topped with what else? Sesame Seeds!

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The green onion, garlic, and sesame seeds make this simple little salad so delicious, AND the perfect pairing for your Asian inspired main dishes.

For this recipe you are going to want to make sure that you have a spiralizer. They are pretty inexpensive and will make your life soooooo much easier.. If you are in a bind you can slice your cucumbers and carrots, but the goal is to achieve that “noodle- like” shape!

Once you get the hang of it, you will be spiralizing all of your veggies into “noodles”!

I made my Hoison Carmelized Salmon and subbed this recipe for the soba noodles. For some reason, springtime, salmon, and a fresh salad are the perfect pairing! If you are looking for a nice chicken dish to make as your main course try my Sweet-n-Sticky Baked Chicken!

Happy Spiralizing!

Amazing Paleo Friendly Spiralizer Cucumber and Carrot Salad ingredients

Ingredients for your Cucumber Carrot Sesame Seed Salad

  • 2 Cucumbers
  • 3 Carrots
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
  • 1 Green Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons of sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • a dash of cracked black pepper and sea salt
  • How to Prepare your Cucumber Carrot Salad
  1. With a spiralizer, cut up the cucumbers and carrots into thin, “noodle-like” strips.
  2. In a separate bowl prepare the dressing. Whisk together the white wine vinegar, lime juice, sesame oil, garlic power, and salt & pepper.
  3.  In a salad bowl mix together the carrots, cucumber and green onion.
  4. Pour over the dressing. Gently toss.
  5. Sprinkle sesame seeds over top.
  6. Serve!

If you are feelin’ fancy or have someone to impress, you can arrange your “noodles” in the shape of birds nests. It turns out to be such a lovely presentation and it will leave your friends “Oo”ing and “Aw”ing over your culinary skills.

OR

If you are like me, you will eat it straight from the salad bowl, because it is just so delicious.

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Thanks guys for trying out this crazy little salad of mine. I hope you can use this one for many recipes to come! Share this recipe of Facebook, Twitter, or comment on how yours turned out below! I would LOVE to hear from you!

Cover Healthy and Delicious Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Hello there LOVElies! I hope this post finds you well and old man winter isn’t getting you down. Hopefully this post will lift your spirits and get you back to your happy place, cooking up some magic in the kitchen!

So here is the deal:

I recently went to a wedding and was inspired to share this balsamic roasted brussels sprout recipe.

Why?

They served brussels sprouts at the buffet and they totally stole the show. I am not kidding, there was a comical the buzz around these brussels sprouts! They upstaged the pork tenderloin, the steak filets… all the typical wedding buffet stars.

“Everything is delicious but did you try the brussels sprouts?”

“You have got to go back to the buffet line for the brussels sprouts, they are to die for!”

SERIOUSLY?

I was laughing the entire way to my empty plate and so inspired to give my childhood villian another shot! Yes, I hated brussels spouts as a kid and I am sure I am not alone in that camp. I promise that this recipe will win over even the biggest skeptic!

Best of all:

They are so so so good for you, filling, and YUMMY.  A one cup serving will provide you with all the Vitamin C you need for the day. So if you are fighting that cold.. open your heart (and mouth) to some brussels sprouts. They are a great side dish, vegan friendly. I added in some red pepper in this recipe to add some color and variety but you can throw a variety of sister veggies, mushrooms maybe?

If you are looking to turn this recipe into a full meal, just add some skirt steak! Mix up some extra balsamic glaze and mix it all in together for a delicious meal!

Get roastin’ guys!

Ingredients Healthy and Delicious Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

What you need for your Roasted Sprouts!

  • 2 pounds of Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 purple onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp of cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoons of Dijon Mustard

Roasting Healthy and Delicious Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

 Get Roastin’- How to make your roasted Brussels sprouts with balsamic glaze

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 and line a large baking sheet with foil and non stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, add sprouts, red pepper, purple onion, garlic olive oil, mustard seeds, salt and pepper.
  3. Toss thoroughly. Don’t hesitate to throw in a little more olive oil if your mixture looks a little dry!
  4. Spread evenly on baking sheet.
  5. Roast 15 minutes.
  6. Give everything a nice stir.
  7. Roast for another 10-15 minutes, until sprouts are tender and starting to golden.
  8. In a small separate bowl, mix together balsamic vinegar, honey and mustard.
  9. Pull out sprouts and pour balsamic mixture over while still hot.
  10. Stir up the sprouts to coat evenly.
  11. Enjoy!

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I hope you enjoy this recipe! It is so easy to throw together and so good for you. I know it changed my mind on these underestimated veggies! Share your story and a picture of your roasted sprouts below! Don’t forget to share us with a friend on Facebook, they are missing out!