When Whole Foods approached me to come up with a recipe for a once-a-year beautifully green and pink grape I jumped at the chance. The Muscat Grape comes from Chilé and is only available at Southern California Whole Foods Markets through April. I have never had a fresh Muscat grape, I’ve only had the chance to have it in vinaigrette or wine form. The fresh seedless pink grape was even better, the rich flavor and succulent crunch were amazing. . . and addicting!
For a quick and easy salad packed with a punch of flavor give my Balsamic Roasted Muscat Grape Salad a try!
|Egg Cups – These had mashed sweet potato on the bottom and an egg layer with fresh veggies.|
|Banana “pancakes” – the best damn pancakes EVER! 1 banana, 1 egg and 1 TB almond butter. Voila!|
|Artichoke Lemon Chicken “spaghetti”. An artichoke pesto sauce, sauteed chicken served over spaghetti squash.|
|Romaine with chicken apple sausage, sauteed peppers and avocado. Drizzled with homemade balsamic vinaigrette.|
|Scrambled eggs, purple sweet potato (delish!), bacon and berries. Green juice was also consumed on most mornings because I would rather drink my greens.|
|typical day. salad was shredded chicken, blackberries, avo, blueberries and toasted pecans. lara bars and dinner that evening was roasted cabbage and a yam with a cup of black coffee with coconut milk (canned).|
|pancakes round two. always a crowd pleaser.|
|my autumn inspired salad.|
|crispy crockpot carnitas served in lettuce cups.|
|cauliflower spanish “rice”|
|coconut chicken fingers with mango “ketchup”, brussels, mini squash and sweet potato fries.|
|weight loss goal achieved.
:::does happy dance again:::
|typical breakfast. If you haven’t tried Applegate products RUN! Especially their chicken and apple breakfast sausage. I am not a sausage lover by any means but this stuff is amazeballs.|
|Panera Mediterranean chicken salad off their hidden menu.|
|told you it was typical…drinking my greens too.|
|I work three nights a week. It is rough working in a restaurant but luckily they make me whatever I want. Turkey patty, grilled onions, steamed veggies.|
|Post workout lunch came from Baron’s market salad bar. Not something I typically do but it hit the spot and this salad fed both of us.|
|Souplantation – I haven’t been there in a while and I was surprised that they added kale to their salad choices. Again, not organic but compliant. They also offer yams so I had two along with this salad.|
|sweet potato hash with fried eggs.|
|Tender Greens – Ordered the roasted veggie salad and when I asked if their was cheese the worker said no, however, you can see the cheese right there. Not going to kill me.|
|I tried another “natural” sausage brand and these patties were sub-par. Go with Applegate.|
|In & Out – I had to. I was craving a burger, little time and well, who cares. I’ve already pooped it out anyway.|
|Banana Nut Porridge – raw, yummy and so creamy!|
|NY strip marinated in coconut amino’s and black garlic. Grilled alongside zucchini and artichokes.|
|Mini turkey meatloaf. The best I have ever made. Look for a post next week.|
|Roasted acorn squash filled with scrambled eggs and blueberry/apple sausage.|
|farmers market omelet.|
|Chipotle – my go-to salad. nom nom nom.
|My FAV brekkie – sweet potato hash, scrambled eggs with Applegate chicken & apple sausage, green onions, cilantro and avo.|
|Cauliflower “tortilla” tostadas. Sometimes I just amaze myself.|
|We capped off the challenge with a potluck party for all the TDM participants. This is what I brought. Raw strawberry “cheesecake” bars. Heck yeah!
Did I cheat? Yeah, I did. I ate popcorn at the movies. Gasp! It was the day after I reached my weight loss goal so I took it as a reward, sad! Annnnd! It was hella good.
Other foods we ate: