A Salad Less Ordinary + A 2 Ingredient Avocado Spread
I’ve been cooking quite a bit, but with the balancing of substitute teaching and coaching - recipe posting has taken a backseat for the moment. Waking at 5am and getting home at 4pm, although shorter than my corporate days are still somewhat anxiety filled (counting kids and making sure everyone is learning, getting along, practicing kindness and has not gone missing) but much more joyful.
Saying I’m ok with not writing and running myself ragged while I continue to take on new work and projects makes me proud, where as in the past I would have made myself feel terrible for not doing it all.
Maybe you’re thinking, why is this broad telling me this? Just gimme the recipe for that green stuff on that salad and I’ll be on my way …
It’s because I want you to know you don’t have to do it all in order to change, make a difference or feel different. Making changes, be it to food, emotions, exercise or cooking don’t have to be all or nothing. When we allow ourselves, rather give ourselves license and more freedom to do a little bit less - we make room to give ourselves more. Sounds crazy, but it isn't. We make room to think, breathe, enjoy what we’re doing. A few weeks ago I was so caught up in making video, shredding cabbage, coming up with new dressings and food mapping that I actually exhausted myself … I wasn’t taking my own advice.
So, tonights small but mighty post is not rooted in making a feast but instead is a simple and tasty way you can use an avocado and amp up a salad, cracker or snack time - although I ate this for dinner.
Spice up your salads by pushing beyond romaine, spinach and mesclun - try the crunch of cabbage or shredded brussels sprouts. Add some endive and or radicchio along with thinly sliced radishes. Take your salads to new heights by trying a new lettuce and brighten up your avocado with a Meyer lemon where sweet meets tang for a zesty burst of flavor.
When you put love into your salad it will love you back, I promise.
Again, when we eat veggies we feel bright. You know they’re good for you, so I won’t bore you here with facts. Fill up half your plate with color, or your whole plate if you’re me, and dress up your greens good with this avocado spread or a simple vinaigrette. Here the avocado spread sits a top a homemade grain and seed cracker, with that recipe to come as soon as I have a moment to write again.
Think you’re busy? I am too. We all are.
But we can still get in the kitchen to cook and eat well - if we choose to.
Get in the kitchen.
2 Ingredient Avocado Spread (3 if you count salt)
- 1 ripe avocado cut into piece
- Zest + Juice of 1 Meyer Lemon *sure you can use a regular lemon, but a Meyer isn’t as acidic and also has a slightly orange/sweet taste - I got a bag at Trader Joe’s for $1.99!
- Sea Salt to taste
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy or, alternatively, you can place all ingredients in a bowl and blend using an immersion blender until smooth and creamy
- Use as a dip, spread on crackers, dress up salads or eat by the spoonful - a fresh and clean flavor to boost any mealtime bite