So I’m in to salad lately…

I’ve been training for a half marathon. It’s been in the high seventies in Texas. It feels like spring, so I’ve been into salads. Lovely colorful salads. And running in the sunshine….aaaaaahhhh. I do love Texas.

 Pecan Crusted Chicken Berry Salad

Sally’s Baking Addiction’s pecan crusted chicken. (Totally worth the effort to make a big batch) layered on organic mixed baby greens, honey goat cheese, atrawberries, blackberries, avocados. Balsamic drizzle. 

Oh my, craveable.

Steak & Quinoa Salad

Butter lettuce
pecans, dried cranberries, chopped apples, avocado, red quinoa, grilled steak. 

Yummy, simple, and kid approved!

Could Not Be Easier Chicken Salad

Shredded chicken breast, juice of one lime, small handful cilantro, one ripe avocado, few dashes of Pickapeppa sauce on a bed of sweet kale greens.

Delicious and guilt-free!

I need a spa day!

I have been stressed. The other day I was thinking and I could not remember the last time I felt unburdened. So, I have been going on for months about needing to get away. One of the best ways to relax is to go to the spa: get a massage, manicure, pedicure, and be pampered.

Boy did Man deliver!

I came home to our routine dinner, clean up, kids’ baths, bedtime, dishes. Then, I upon retiring to the bedroom I found dim lights, soft waves and beach sounds, a massage table, and the opportunity to shower in peace by myself (only a mom of small children would consider that special). When I came out of the shower, Man gave me a nice little spa snack plate (on a tray in bed).
I wish I had taken a picture!!

Fresh berries drizzled with chocolate, sparkling water, and cucumber ice cubes.

I was then treated to an hour massage….and drifted off to a very good night’s sleep.

That got me to thinking…
The next time I wish I had a day at the spa, I’m going to try to recreate some of that magic at home by whipping up some spa inspired dishes. They are decidedly different, but all spa worthy so give them a try.

Triple Berry Salad

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Organic field greens
Half pint each sliced strawberries, blackberries, blueberries
Feta crumbles
Spiced pecans
Balsamic vinaigrette
Add grilled chicken breast if desired

Giada’s Apple Mint Green Tea Punch
It’s crisp, slightly sweet and very refreshing! One of my favorite drinks to have on hand.

The Lemon Bowl Brown Rice Greek Salad
Light, packed with yummy nutrients, and full of flavor

Strawberry Cake
Moist, not too sweet, and icing not required!

Today’s Mama’s Tomato Parmesan Soup
Rich and decadent

How do you recreate the best of the spa at home?