Lemony broccoli apple raisin salad

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It’s Wednesday! Which of course means some WIAW action. In case you’re new around here, (and I believe there are quite a few of you. Hi!) What I Ate Wednesday is a glimpse into a day of my meals. As much as it may seem like I live off pumpkin cookies, pumpkin brownies and dough balls, I really do eat other things too. And of course we have to thank Jenn for throwing this party to begin with. Send her some internet love today, she’s finally supposed to be getting internet installed in her new house after what seems like forever without it! Damn hurricanes.

So without further ado, I give you breakfast.

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Oatmeal with a peach + sunflower seed butter. Yeah, the same stuff I said I can’t stand plain. I didn’t change my mind or anything, I still can’t stand it but I’m desperately trying to get rid of the jar. Mixed in with oats it’s not as bad. Unfortunately, this peach was not juicy at all. I guess there was a reason they were 79 cents/lb this week.

Come lunchtime, I was inspired by Angela’s post yesterday where she used Whole Food’s detox salad as inspiration to create her own and I figured I could do something similar with what I had on hand. Plus, I was really sick of the leftovers I’d been eating for the past 2 lunches.

We eat a ton of broccoli in this house. Like 4-5 crowns of it a week. It’s easy and when you’re usually trying to fit a workout in after work, it’s hardly a vegetable that takes much time to prepare. But, steaming and roasting was getting old. This might be my new favorite way to eat it.

Shredded.

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In the same amount of time it takes to steam broccoli, I had this whole salad prepared. Personally, I hate raw broccoli. I always avoid it on those raw veggie trays and pick out all the tomatoes and carrots instead. But, all chopped up like this, it barely tastes raw. With the combo of apples + raisins for sweetness and the lemon dressing for some acidity, this was actually a perfect balance of flavors.

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Served on the side for lunch with a cheese quesadilla, vanilla yogurt and a peach that I actually didn’t end up eating. My eyes are always bigger than my stomach. This happens almost everyday where I grab more than I can eat.

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Some cookie dough freezer bites may or may not have served as an afternoon snack. Winking smile

During my workout, (NROLFW 3A) all I could think about was food. Hunger came out of nowhere so stretching + eating at the same time ensued. Ginger was showing me how well she can stretch too when there are pita chips + hummus on the floor.

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I gave her a little pita chip, shhhhh.

Oh, and there was a beer involved. Winking smile Nothing like rehydrating with a cold beer after a workout!

Dinner: ready for some nastiness?

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That my friends, would be a frozen chicken enchilada from Trader Joe’s that has been in my freezer for almost a year. Want to know what’s even scarier? There was no expiration date on the package. I <3 most of TJ’s frozen meals but, I just can’t recommend this one. I had actually bought two of these awhile back, ate one and hated it so the other sat in the freezer. Until last night. It had to be done. I wanted it out of my life so I took one for the team and ate it. It’s pretty much just a spicy mess without any real flavor. The ingredient list is less than stellar and the sauce was disgusting. It’s over, I’m moving on.

Everything can be fixed with a brownie though. Especially, a pumpkin brownie + ice cream.

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Have you made them yet?

 

Lemony Broccoli Apple

Raisin Salad

Inspired by Oh She Glows Detox Salad

Yield: 4-6 side servings

  • 2 crowns of broccoli
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons pepitas
  • 3 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Directions:

In a food processor, pulse broccoli until finely chopped. Transfer to a medium bowl. Do the same with the carrot and transfer to the same bowl. (If your food processor is big enough to do both together feel free, mine is not) Add chopped apple, raisins and pepitas + almonds and toss to combine. Season generously with salt and pepper. Whisk olive oil + lemon juice together in a separate bowl and pour over salad. Toss to combine. Flavors develop the longer this sits so it’s a perfect make ahead of time dish!

 

What’s the most disgusting thing you’ve eaten recently?

Do you feed your pet human food? We seldom ever feed Ginger directly. If she gets human food it goes in her food dish first. Of course, my parents ruin this completely when she’s at her house. It’s our payback for not providing any grandchildren, they instead spoil our dog.

 
 

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Comments

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    Eh, that TJ’s enchilada even LOOKS like nastiness. I’ve had my share of meals like that where I buy it, hate it, then have to force myself to eat the rest for the sake of not wasting money.

    You’re a tough cookie taking one for the team ;) I’m impressed! Now if only I can get down these freezer-burnt veggie burgers that are ages old…

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    I’m sorry the dinner wasn’t better. At least your other eats look pretty tasty (especially that pumpkin brownie!)

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    I give Bungee carrots and fruit, but Mike can’t resist her sad little begging face and usually gives her something he’s eating. Weak.

    The most disgusting thing I’ve eaten? Hard to say since I eat like a 5 year old…

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    I’m not a huge raw broc fan either — roasted is my preferred cooking method but I’ll have to try the shredded route.

    Most disgusting thing I’ve eaten recently: probably some scrambled eggs at the hotel breakfast buffet over the weekend — they were really liquidy which I hate.

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    I actually can’t stand frozen meals!

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    That salad looks really tasty– I’m also not a fan of raw broccoli, but this salad sounds delicious!

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    I wish I had the time and energy to make my meal presentations as pretty as yours! Breakfast looks AWESOME.

    Bummer that TJ’s thing wasn’t good. I’m a big fan of Amy’s enchiladas.

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    yea – those enchiladas dont look so appealing. Your broccoli salad on the other hand? That sure does!

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    At least your lunch and dessert were delicious to make up for a sub par dinner. I love your beer koozie. They make drinking so much more fun. I recently bought a Woozie… a koozie for a wine glass. Its so classy and fun:)

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    I might give that take on Angela’s salad a try with some cauliflower, looks really good!

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    I’ve always thought about getting that enchilda, but now I’ll know to stay away from it. It’s too bad since most everything from TJ’s is stellar.

    Love the idea of the salad. I’m also not crazy about broccoli raw (plus the little buds always get stuck in my teeth), but this is something I would definitely try. Pairing apples with broccoli? Genius!

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    I ate expired, pre-cooked chicken breast. It had been expired for 8 days and I didn’t know- I was starving when I came home and just had some! Now I’m freaking out about it, and would love to know if I should be more worried about it- as in seeking medical advice.

    Besides that though, great WIAW :) Sorry for being a Debbie Downer!

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      Running to the Kitchen says:

      Ahh, hope it all turns out ok! If it makes you feel any better, I eat expired stuff all the time. Not necessarily chicken, but lots of other things :)

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    Yeah, I totally understand… bad meals really suck. But throwing away food always makes me feel guilty for wasting it :-(
    On a lighter note, I love broccoli and this looks like a great way to eat it! :D

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    That looks like the most amazing bowl of oats I have ever seen. Pumpkin brownie sounds like the best way to end a day.

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    Next time your peaches are too under ripe, maybe try cooking them in with the hot oats. That softens them and sweetens them up a bit. That bowl of oats does look pretty fantastic, though. YUM!

    Your broccoli salad looks perfect for a potluck, as well as anytime!

    The only “human food” we give our kitty is just a bite of tuna or salmon if we have any we don’t want to eat. Served in his bowl, naturally. :)

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    I made the broccoli salad for a side dish, but ended up just eating it for a late lunch. Nom nom!
    My dog used to go nuts for popcorn. She was a tiny mild-mannered shihtzu and would bark at me until I hurled a handful her way.

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      Running to the Kitchen says:

      Our dog goes nuts for popcorn too. My husband started feeding that to her a few years ago and now when she hears the bag popping in the microwave she starts whining!

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    This recipe looks delicious! I’m planning to make it along with your tofu fried rice. One problem: I’m not really a fan of lemon (or raisins). Do you have any other suggestions for a dressing? How do you think it would taste with a tiny bit of maple syrup and/or soy sauce?

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      Running to the Kitchen says:

      You could substitute any dried fruit for the raisins. They were good because they added some sweetness to it. I think dried cherries would be delicious if you like those. I’d probably go the maple syrup route rather than the soy sauce route on the salad. Let me know how it turns out if you do that!

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    Hi, so sorry to be off topic, but what kind of camera are you using to take such beautiful pictures? I, too, am sorry you had to endure the enchiladas. Looks like instant acid indigestion to me. I love making broccoli salad, though, and I experiment with different kinds all of the time. Oftentimes, I even substitute craisins for the raisins (just for a little bit of a different flavor) and it’s wonderful. Oh, and your dog is too cute! :)

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      Running to the Kitchen says:

      Hi Bianca- I use a Canon T3 with the stock lens. Nothing too fancy, it’s the cheapest DSLR they make :) I’ll be on the lookout for that dressing you mentioned. Sounds delicious!

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    Oh, and also, I’ve used sesame ginger quite a few times as a dressing base for the broccoli salad and it’s quite good. The brand Markerside makes a nice, sweet type and it works really well.

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    Thank you so much for responding! I was so embarrassed when I realized this blog was from last October, so I really appreciate the prompt reply. And I’m so sorry, I misspelled “marketside” lol. Walmart carries it in the refridgerated section beside the packages of salad.

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      Running to the Kitchen says:

      No need to be embarrassed! It’s good to know older posts get found every once and awhile :)

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