To Assemble / Strawberry Pico Chicken Salad

 

      Hi there! As you may know, I'm in the thick of my Whole 30 health reset. It's going swimmingly so far, and I'm feeling much more confident in being able to make healthier choices once those 30 days are up! What I've enjoyed the most so far about this process is letting my guard down when it comes to new flavors and not just sticking to what's comfortable. I'll try most things once, and if it contributes something new to my palette, then all the better!

     This mindset is what brought me to today's recipe. I'm always looking for ways to get the trifecta of fruit, veggies, and protein all in one dish, because I'm not big on just eating fruit on its own. Unless it's an apple or banana, it's going into a recipe! So, when I was searching for a way to incorporate the massive amount of strawberries I needed to use up (because a certain little toddlers' tastes change on the daily), the thought of strawberry pico de gallo came to me. I'm a huge fan of pico (it's so fresh!), and strawberries add just enough sweetness to whatever they touch. Perfecto! With the addition of a balsamic vinaigrette, the flavors of this salad balance just right, breathing life into something that could easily be bland. Taste for yourself through the recipe below! 

Ingredients:

- a large handful of spinach

- grilled chicken

- 5-6 ripe strawberries

- 1/2 cup of pico de gallo (our local grocery stores all stock fresh pico made there on the daily!)

- 1 avocado

- chives

- 1 tsp. of balsamic vinegar

- 1 tsp. of lime juice

- 1 tsp. of olive oil

Directions:

1. Dice your strawberries and mince your chives. Stir these into your pico!

2. Assembly time! Chop up your avocado, and toss together your pico, spinach, and chicken. 

3. Whisk together your vinegar, lime juice, and olive oil. Drizzle on top of your salad. 

4. Serve with the leftover vinaigrette (if there is any!), and enjoy!

To Make / Rosewater Strawberry Waffles

 

      Hi there! I've recently become obsessed with rosewater, and had been wanting to incorporate it into food ever since. It's the perfect compliment to anything sweet, so when I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest, it seemed like an excellent opportunity to try it out! Get the recipe below!

Ingredients:

- 1/2 cup of AP flour

- 1/2 tsp. of baking soda

- 1/2 tsp. of baking powder

- 1/4 tsp. of salt

- 2 eggs

- 2 tbs. of honey

- 3 tbs. of greek yogurt

- 1/4 tsp. of vanilla

- 1/2 tsp. of rosewater

- 1/2 cup of strawberries

Directions:

1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add in your greek yogurt, vanilla, honey, rosewater, and eggs. Lastly, fold in your strawberries.

2. Pour your batter into your greased waffle iron, and cook for about 4 minutes, then flip and cook for another four minutes. Top with greek yogurt (pictured here) or whatever you like, and enjoy!