Friday, January 20, 2012

Strawberries, Spinach, and Cupcakes

Something exciting happened today...

I decided to submit an idea for a food article to a local newspaper, and today, she emailed me back and sounded really interested AND talked about making it a regular part of the paper!! She is going to talk to her editor and get back with me. I'm really excited. It is a small local paper, but I have to start somewhere, right? And again it is mostly recipes. I'm sure some of you were like... "You are going to... write... for a paper??" 

For lunch, I was looking through the refrigerator, and found spinach, orange, strawberries, and goat cheese.... SCORE!!!     

Strawberry and Spinach Salad
Makes 2 meal servings or 4 side salad servings.  
·         12 oz bag of prewashed Baby Spinach
·         1 cup sliced Strawberries
·         2 oz crumbled Goat Cheese
·         ½ cup Mandarin or fresh navel Orange
·         ½ cup Candied Pecans (recipe to follow)
·         ½ cup Strawberry and Orange Dressing (recipe to follow)
o   Lay spinach on plate
o   Top with strawberries, goat cheese, oranges, and candied pecans.
o   Top with desired amount of dressing.

Strawberry and Orange Dressing
·         ½ cup chopped Strawberries
·         ¼ cup fresh squeezed Orange Juice
·         1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
·         Salt and pepper to taste
o   Combined all ingredients in a blended.
o   Blend until smooth.
§  You can use a strainer to remove seeds from the strawberries for a smooth sauce.
§  Extra dressing will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Candied Pecans
·         ½ cup Pecans
·         1 Tablespoon  Honey
·         ½- 1 Tablespoon Granulated Sugar
o   Preheat oven to 350 degrees
o   Place pecans on a cookie sheet in an even layer.
o   Bake for 5 minutes or until toasted.
o   Combine warm pecans with honey until they are fully coated.
o   Coat with sugar and serve with salad or alone as a snack. 

The doggies went for a car ride today too.

I made a cupcake sandwich for a snack by placing the icing on the inside of the cupcake. This way every bite had icing and it didn't get all over my face. WIN WIN :)

Dinner is the the slow cooker right now and it smells amazing!! BBQ Pulled Pork! We maybe eating dinner really early tonight!! 

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