The New Year is off to a good start for this mama. Mostly because I have dedicated the next five weeks to ME! It feels oh so good and then I feel oh so guilty at the same time. I mean, salad prep and gym time cut into the hours of my day and leave me less time to spend sitting on the floor doing puzzles and playing Legos. BUT, I have decided I need a jump start and it’s going to take full concentration on my health and fitness. We work so hard year round and what do we get but a bunch of “ewww I don’t want that for dinner”, LOADS of laundry (some of which isn’t even really dirty, but our kids tried it on and were too lazy to put it back in their closets so it instead goes into the dirty basket-like we don’t know?), mess after mess to deal with whether it’s food being thrown on the floor by our littles, or this and that cluttering the counters each day and just piling up because mom hasn’t put it away. Then there is helping with homework, school projects, and being an after school taxi cab.
So when is it our time?
We can keep making excuses that are a mile long, believe me, my list is never-ending as are most moms. But hey, let’s face it, we are never really going to catch up on that list in this lifetime. So let’s start now, by eating healthier and focusing on ourselves just a little. We will feel so much better about ourselves. And our kids will also see this change and want to be part of it. My 18 month old and 3 year old love digging into my salads, mostly because what kid doesn’t want to stab little things with a fork, but then once they try them, they can’t stop. Full blown salad eaters in my house, spinach, carrots, artichokes, brussel sprouts…they eat them and don’t complain! Crazy, huh?
Let’s—as moms—put us first, leave the guilt behind, and focus on eating healthier for the next 30 days! After that we will have our jump start and be in the mindset to care more about ourselves. We deserve this. I mean, we have one body and if we neglect it to take care it, who knows what health issues will arise and if we will be around to experience years and years to come.
Cheers to another salad to kick-off 2017!
This one is actually easy to prep and makes a huge Tupperware full. You may want to share this one and help another coworker or friend get on the salad wagon! The more you practice salad making the easier it gets. Trust me, after two years of salads weekly, I can whip these things out in no time! And you will too!
Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Chickpeas, Kale, and Pearl Couscous
Prep time: 20 mins
Yield: 8 side dish servings, or 4 main course servings
4 Tbs apple cider vinegar
4 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp honey
2 tsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
1 butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded, and cubed into ½-inch pieces
2 Tbs olive oil
½ tsp salt, divided
⅛ tsp black pepper
1 C cooked whole wheat pearl couscous (according to package)
1 medium sweet onion, diced
5 oz kale, washed, de-stemmed, and finely chopped
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
Combine salad ingredients, mix salad dressing and enjoy!
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This post was written by Gordmans cooking extraordinaire, Lindsey.