Roasted Rosemary Beet + Kale Salad

with bacon!
Because beets and kale will most certainly be better with bacon.
As are most things, actually.Roasted Rosemary Beet + Kale Salad with Bacon

Beets are in season (hurray!) and they are absolutely mouth-watering when roasted in the oven. Just be careful not to scare your family when slicing the beets with the dark pink bloody-looking mess all over your cutting board. This could be the perfect Halloween salad. 😉
Plus, did I mention bacon?Roasted Rosemary Beet + Kale Salad with Bacon

Roasted Rosemary Beet + Kale Salad (serves 1 salad or 2 side salads)
Ingredients:
3-4 kale leaves
3 medium beets
2 strips sugar-free bacon
1/4 small sweet yellow onion
1/8 chopped unsalted almonds
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp rosemary
salt + pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400-degrees.
2. Wash beets and slice into 1/4-inch rounds. Place in medium sized mixing bowl.
3. Thinly slice onion and place in bowl with beets.
4. Chop bacon into bite-size pieces and also place in bowl.
5. Add EVOO, rosemary, and a couple dashes of salt and pepper to bowl; toss gently until beets are well coated.
6. Spread out beet mixture onto pan without overlapping beets.
7. Place in oven for 20 minutes, flipping beets halfway through.
8. Meanwhile, wash kale, remove from stem, and shred into bite-sized pieces. Place on serving dish.
9. Once beets are done, add to kale and sprinkle the chopped almonds on top.

Roasted Rosemary Beet + Kale Salad with BaconThis feels like a bountiful Fall harvest as it touches your tongue! The warm, juicy beets blend beautifully with the salty, savory chunks of bacon and the fresh, crispness of kale! Enjoy every last bite of this salad. I’m sure it will not disappoint. And if you allow yourself dairy, a suggested addition would be some feta cheese! YUM 🙂Roasted Rosemary Beet + Kale SaladRoasted Rosemary Beet + Kale Salad with Bacon

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Mediterranean Salad

Diane Sanfilippo, author of Practical Paleo and 21 Day Sugar Detox, posted this photo of Whole Foods’ Cucumber & Tomato Salad that was drenched in canola oil. A sad day for those poor vegetables.

Or "Canola Oil Catastrophe". Whichever you prefer.
Or “Canola Oil Catastrophe”… Up to you.

The beautiful side to this? INSTANT INSPIRATION.
Introducing… My Paleo & Whole30 Approved Mediterranean Salad.

Mediterranean Salad

Mediterranean Salad (serves 2-4: depending on the hunger level)
Ingredients:
– 1 medium tomato
– 1 cucumber
– 1 green bell pepper
– 1/2 red onion
– 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
– 1 tsp basil
– 1 tsp parsley
– 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
– 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
– Juice & Zest of 1 lemon

Chopped Veggies

Directions:
1. Chop tomato, cucumber, pepper, and onion into equally proportionate sizes; place in mixing bowl.
2. Add lemon zest; follow with the lemon juice. [HINT: Roll your lemon under your palm before cutting & squeezing juice. This makes the process of squeezing the juice out much easier.]
3. Add all herbs/spices & olive oil. If you can get fresh herbs, that would be a great upgrade too!
4. Gently toss together. I like using my hands, but use tongs if you’d rather not get that into your food. 😉
5. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours, but best when left overnight. Serve chilled.
Lemon Zest

I also enjoyed this salad over a fresh bed of kale and alone. If you have any leftover grilled chicken, that would be a great addition to pump up the protein factor and turn this into a “meal-sized salad”. YUM!

Enjoy 🙂

Whole30 at PANERA BREAD

When I was participating in the Whole30 program, it was super easy to follow when I was in my own little bubble at home. Take me out in public and that was a different story: Oh, I want frozen yogurt! Look at that billboard for pasta! Does it smell like bread to you? Especially when you’re hanging out with friends and the spontaneous “Let’s all go to Taco Bell” exclamatory arises.

 To help, I checked out a few restaurants and wrote down a large list of what I could eat. It was like my own little “Whole30-Approved” app.
(By the way, we need one of those…)
Now check out some delicious options from good ‘ole Panera Bread.

Power Mediterranean Roasted Turkey
Power Mediterranean Roasted Turkey

Food Options:

Breakfast – start your morning off grain & dairy free
– Summer Fruit Cup (nothing hidden here… yeah!)

The Power Menu – not only does it sound awesome, but most Panera Bread stores do not advertise this on the menu boards, so you feel really special that you’re “in-the-know”.
– Power Steak Lettuce Wraps WITHOUT THE PESTO (milk & cheese lurk in there)
– Power Mediterranean Roasted Turkey Salad HOLD THE PEPPERONCINI (no Yellow #5 today, please)

Salads – the trick here is the “hold-the-dressing approach” and you’re golden.
– Classic Salad NO DRESSING (soybean oil alert!)

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Classic Salad

Drink Options:

– Black Coffee (hot or iced)
– Espresso
– Unsweetened Teas
– Premium Orange Juice
– Low-Fat B-Green Smoothie

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B-Green Smoothie

It’s not too hard to eat out at Panera Bread if you’re doing Whole30;
just don’t cave when they ask if you want to “add a 99-cent pastry”.