Salad Fest 2013: That’s a Wrap

Whoa.  3 weeks of non-stop salads have us feeling svelte and satisfied.

We  couldn’t be more excited about all of the amazing participation over the past few weeks.  It’s been amazing to see recipes from our foodie friends and to see what’s cooking in the kitchens of people like indie rock icon Sarah Lewitinn, eFlirt Expert Laurie Davis, and fashion writer Faran Krentcil.

We did our best to get a variety of salads from Sweet to Savory to Slaw… We traveled the globe giving you something from Japan and something from Italy

We hope Salad Fest 2013 rocked your kitchen as much as it did ours.

saladfest3Here’s the rundown of all the recipes that were featured in Salad Fest 2013.  

Feel free to let us know which ones were your favorite OR keep the Salad Fest fun alive and keep tweeting, facebook’ing and instagram’ing your favorite salads using the hashtag #SaladFest2013.

Healthy Cooking Camp’s Fresh Herb Salad

Amie Valpone of Healthy Apple’s Sesame Brown Rice Salad

Jamie Mendel of Studio Eats’ Massaged Kale Salad

Arielle Fierman of Be Well with Arielle’s Japanese Carrot Ginger Dressing

Robyn Youkilis of Your Healthiest You’s Detox Quinoa Salad

Sarah “Ultragrrrl” Lewitinn’s Colorful Pasta Salad

Sarah Kagan of Beyond the Batter’s Kohlrabi, Carrot and Apple Slaw

Laurie Davis, eFlirt Expert’s Date Night Salad

Quinn Asteak aka Health Coach Quinn’s Peachy White Bean Salad

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture’s Carrot & Cabbage Slaw

Jaime K of Save the Kales’ Chickpea Strawberry Summer Salad

Holli Thompson of Nutritional Style’s Quinoa and Bean Salad with Mango

My New Roots’ Chakra Fruit Salad with Enlightened Tahini Sauce

Faran Krentcil’s Watermelon Mozzarella Salad

Healthy Cooking Camp’s Italian Tuna + Bean Salad

Health Ninja’s Tempeh & Grilled Peach Salad with Blackberry Cilantro Pesto

Katie Dalebout of Wellness Wonderland’s {Sweet Salty Spicy, Simple} Breakfast Salad

Bon Appetit, Campers!

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News You Can Use: All About the Mediterranean Diet

It’s awesome news when we find out that foods we already love are also super good for us (and they miiiight even help you live forever)!

When this new study came out (and the NYTimes pimped it out) we couldn’t help but share the news–and our best Mediterranean Diet recipes with you guys!

It turns out that eating a diet full of fatty fish, nuts, seeds, tons of fresh fruits and veggies, plus plenty of good fats like extra virgin olive oil and avocado can prevent heart disease, heart attacks and strokes by up to 30%.  Like, whoa.

Robyn wrote awesome piece all about it for  Did you know that she’s their national health consultant and official health coach?  We’re so proud!

Love yourself by cooking for yourself, {tweet that!} and start with these winning recipes this week!

Gorgeous Glazed Salmon

You know when you have someone coming over and you really want to dazzle them with deliciousness but you just don’t have time to get all Julia Child and spend the day in the kitchen?  Yeah, we do too.  That’s why we have this ace in the hole of a recipe.  So simple to execute and it will impress your freind/ date/ in-laws/ boss every time!

White Bean Hummus996

Who doesn’t love hummus?  It works as a dip or spread, heck, we even throw a dollop on our veggies and grains!  The problem?  All those store bought ones can be full of chemicals and preservatives.  Did you know that making hummus at home only takes 5 minutes?  Yup!  Follow our basic recipe and feel free to switch up your bean from time to time.  No need to stay in the garbanzo box.  Branch out, friends!  Try it with cannelloni beans and let us know what you think in the comments! 

This is one of our favorite go-to recipes because it’s so simple yet so flavorful.  Add in whatever veggies you have around (we suggest lots of tomatoes, onions, olives, avocados) and dig in.

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