In my “What We Ate” posts each week I’ll share some of the recipes we ate for dinner the previous week. I love to get inspiration from what other families are eating so I thought it might be helpful to some of you. Please leave a comment if you have questions about any of these recipes. And if you know of a recipe that you think we might like please share it with me!

*** Leftover Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Salad by Pinch of Yum

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How To Build a Great Salad

Left: mixed greens, toasted almonds, avocado, cilantro, yellow bell pepper, parmesan cheese and cucumber;  Top right: spinach, almonds, parmesan cheese, carrots, and olives; Middle right: mixed greens, cucumber, carrots, red bell pepper, avocado, parmesan cheese; Bottom right: Salad to go!

Last week I shared my favorite salad dressing recipes.  Today, I’m sharing how I make my favorite lunch salads.  You can see from the pictures that I don’t go hungry when I eat a salad for lunch.  It seems like I keep needing bigger and bigger bowls because I find new things to add in!  I choose to eat a salad most days because I find it an easy way to get a good mix of veggies, protein, healthy fats and fiber.  This combination keeps me full for most of the afternoon.  I’ll usually have one small snack and I’m good to go until dinner.  The key to a great salad is to find a good mix of toppings you like and a great dressing.  (You definitely don’t have to be eating salad every day to be eating a healthy lunch!  I would just encourage you to think outside the average lunch box (i.e. sandwich and chips) and eat a lunch with a variety of healthy foods.)  I’m not going to lie, it takes me more time to fix a salad than it would a sandwich and chips but the health benefits are worth it to me.  If you are short on time, spend just one or two nights a week chopping/prepping ingredients for healthy lunches throughout the week.  I take my salads with me on the go all the time.

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ten ways you can improve your health

Today I’m sharing five things you can do to improve your health.  These ideas are based on the reading I’ve done and changes we’ve made over the last 3½ years.  (I’ll share five more tips in part two.)  These are not all or nothing.  Small changes do add up over time.  I try to follow these tips 80% of the time and I don’t stress too much about the other 20%.  If you have a lot of changes you want or need to make just start small.  Once those habits feel normal then try to increase your healthy choices.  Little by little you can get to a place of better health.  Many of these changes took me a year or more to make.

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RosemaryPotatoesI love potatoes!  Mashed potatoes, french fries, scalloped potatoes, doesn’t matter how they are prepared; I love them.  But many potato dishes can be pretty unhealthy, depending on how they are made.  When I want my potato fix but don’t want all the added calories and extra dairy I make these.  This is a really simple and healthy potato recipe that goes well with just about any dinner.  The parmesan cheese and high cooking temperature give the potatoes a nice crunch.  And the fresh rosemary gives it just a hint of flavor.  If you don’t have rosemary you can sub any fresh herb (or sprinkle on some dry) or just leave it out.  Don’t peel the potatoes; keep the skins on for extra vitamins and fiber. My kids like to eat them like french fries and dip them in ketchup.

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rosemary from the garden

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In my “What We Ate” posts each week I’ll share some of the recipes we ate for dinner the previous week. I love to get inspiration from what other families are eating so I thought it might be helpful to some of you. Please leave a comment if you have questions about any of these recipes. And if you know of a recipe that you think we might like please share it with me! *** We had our church Easter potluck Sunday afternoon so we just snacked Sunday night. I had a small bowl of soup.

***Leftover Chicken Enchiladas Verdes from Panning the Globe and Homemade Refried Beans

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AdvInGardening

I’m on my third year of gardening and I thought I’d chronicle my adventures on the blog.  I’ll try to post an update a couple of times throughout the spring and summer so you can see how the garden progresses.  I’m truly an amateur and still do all my gardening in containers.  I’d really love to start a raised bed but I’ve been hesitant because we have a serious rabbit problem around here!  As you can see, my husband rigged up a little bench for me so that I can keep some of the smaller pots off the ground.  I love having my boys help me with the plants because I think it’s important for them to know where real food begins.  It doesn’t just magically appear at the store!  Plus, my boys now love fresh herbs because they’ve helped me grow them.

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