Dinner

The Healthier Takeout

The easy, quick and healthier option for takeout at home

Greek Yogurt "Ranch" Dressing and a Summer Salad

Everyone loves a creamy dressing. Everyone. A lot of us just dislike the heaviness of them as well as the thought of how many additional, maybe unnecessary, calories we'd be consuming if we went with that dressing option. But, summer...sweet sweet summer. And a good chop. Summer and chopped salads deserve a creamy sidekick. 

So here, I've created a healthier version of the standard Ranch Dressing we all grew up with. And an easy-peasy throw together salad to bring to your next backyard BBQ.

SUMMER SALAD WITH GREEK YOGURT RANCH DRESSING

Serves: 6-8 as a side

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 box spinach
  • 1/2 box organic girl butter lettuce or 1 small head of butter lettuce
  • handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 3 Tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 c fresh dill
  • 10-15 basil leaves, torn
  • 1/4 c chives, minced
  • 1/2 c microgreens
  • 3/4c plain greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together greek yogurt, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. In a large bowl, gently toss together spinach, butter lettuce, tomatoes, radishes, avocado, seeds and herbs.
  3. Add desired amount of dressing and carefully toss with hands to prevent damaging herbs or avocados.
  4. Top with microgreens and maldon salt if desired

10-Minute Asian Kale Salad

Let me guess...you raaaarely, if ever, have time to whip up a healthy lunch in the middle of your crazy work day. Me either! Even though I'm in and out of the house, I'm running around and need to be out just as quick as I got in, so lunch needs to be fast, easy, healthy and delicious. 

And while it helps to always keep healthy staples on hand, hours of food prep is out of the question for me. Find habits that work for YOU. If you know you'll never find yourself chopping and prepping your Sunday away, choose easy and ready-to-go staples and easy simple meals for the work week. And if you enjoy prepping ahead of time, you go, you!!

Whipped this salad up in under 10 min and topped it with some leftover turkey larb from our picnic in the park last night for an extra protein boost. (side note: it's been decided that summer picnics need to happen waaaaaayyyyy more often). Toss everything together in the morning (or night before) – dressed or undressed (referring to both yourself, and the kale) – and you're good to go. I'm all for nudity in the kitchen btw.

10-MINUTE ASIAN KALE SALAD

Serves 1 | prep time 10 min

*No need to measure any of these ingredients - use your eyes, but here's a simple guideline.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 c lacinato kale, chopped

  • 1 tsp olive oil

  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil

  • pinch of sea salt

  • 1 tsp or splash of rice vinegar

  • 1 tsp or splash of tamari

  • 2 inch piece of cucumber, thinly sliced

  • 1 radish, julienned

  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 Tbsp toasted pepitas or pumpkin seeds

  • 1/2 Tbsp black sesame seeds

  • 1/2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Massage kale with olive oil, toasted sesame oil and sea salt.

  2. Add rice vinegar and tamari.

  3. Toss in a cucumber, radish, green onion, pepitas, sesame seeds.

  4. (Optional protein boost: ground turkey, soft boiled egg, chopped nuts, etc. Feel free to add in any other greens you have on hand. Thinly sliced green cabbage is a great addition!)

Soup for the Soul and all the Healing that goes with it...

Running With Forks Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

It's that time of year. Everyone at the office is running around with a runny nose, coughing and sneezing and you've got someone with a Man Cold at home (the man cold is REAL people. and if you're a woman reading this, you can sympathize. and if you're a man, be honest, you know it's true)

I have a few staple tricks in my back pocket that work like a charm, every time.

If you, or anyone in your life is feeling achy, sluggish, drained and like you're about to fight something you don't want, or need your man to NOT catch the Man Cold, apply these 4 things and I'm certain you've got one up on whatever's coming your way.

First things first...there is a magical tincture that I keep close at all times. Dose up on this potent tincture COLD AND SINUS BLASTER by Vitality Works (*not sponsored). Even if it's not a cold OR in your sinuses, the primary ingredients are exactly what your system needs to battle the demons. I've tried other brands and other tinctures and this is the only one that has proven to work without fail, every time. Instructions will tell you to add to 8oz of water, skip that, take a full dropper-full straight and follow with a few sips of water if needed. Potent magic. Take 2-3 times a day for 2 days.

Second, make a little concoction of 5 drops of Oregano Oil (or whatever the dosage is for a brand you like) and a dose of an Echinacea Goldenseal tincture in 4 oz of water and take it down. Take once daily for 2-3 days.

Third, give yourself some delicious love with 1-2 Tbsp of raw Manuka Honey a day. Unlike any other honey, the nutritional benefits of Manuka are 4x that of regular flower honey giving it a UMF (unique manuka factor - a global standard in identifying and measuring the antibacterial strength). Make sure the manuka honey is labeled with the standard UMF rating of 16+ or greater for the medicinal benefits. Take it straight by the spoonful, but if that's too sweet for you, add to your warm tea.

And lastly, make this delicious soup or any variation of the basic recipe below. Use whatever root vegetables you have on hand, swap the orzo for pasta or rice, add extra greens, and slurp away.

Just what the doctor ordered ..

And perhaps you're just in need of cozying up with something warm, hearty and inviting. Let's face it, we all need to feel swaddled at times and this comforting soup does just that. 

Chicken and Lemon Orzo Soup

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 parsnips, chopped
  • 4 c chicken broth and 2 c water
  • 1 c orzo
  • 1 small parmesan rind
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 a rotisserie chicken, separated into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 c chopped kale
  • 1 c chopped parsley

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat olive oil in large dutch oven or soup pot. Add onion and a pinch of salt and saute until translucent. Add carrots, parsnips and celery and saute until fork tender.
  2. Add chicken broth and water and bring to a boil. Add orzo and parmesan rind and cook until orzo is al dente.
  3. Add chicken, kale, lemon juice and zest, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.

STAY WARM, STAY HEALTHY PEOPLE.

Your New Healthy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is only ONE WEEK AWAY .. crazy to think how fast this year has been flying by! I've been oogling over all the beautiful recipes out there in the world while working on this year's menu collab with Barre3, the Portland based studio and wellness magazine.

Running With Forks and Barre3 Thanksgiving Classics

The flavors and traditions of this holiday are limitless, heart warming, nostalgic and .. usually, along with your gratitude, you leave you feeling utterly stuffed. Keeping in line with the Barre3 rules of balancing FAT, FIBER and PROTEIN I've created a menu that can help you avoid that feeling, while keep it healthy AND delicious.

If you recall, last year I created the Barre3 DIY Thanksgiving Pies and the Autumn Greens Panzanella Salad and due to them being such a hit on the table last year, we decided to keep them on the spread as a classic along with a few new staples. Mix a few of these new healthy recipes in with your family recipes passed down from generation to generation for a beautiful, timeless and healthy holiday.

Here is how we set our table this year .. perhaps it will ignite and inspire a bit of your holiday menu planning! 

Running With Forks and Barre3 Autumn Greens Panzanella Salad

Autumn Greens Panzanella Salad – The first thing you’ll notice about this nutrient-rich salad is that it’s absolutely stunning, thanks to the colorful pop of pomegranate seeds and sweet potatoes against the dark leafy greens. The next thing you’ll notice? That it’s absolutely delicious.

Running With Forks and Barre3 Roasted Root Mash

Savory Roasted Root Mash – One taste of this savory, creamy blend of parsnips and celery root, and you may never make mashed potatoes again.

Running With Forks and Barre3 Sausage Kale and Pecan Stuffing

Sausage, Kale + Pecan Stuffing – The sausage, kale, leeks, and onions make this stuffing gloriously hearty, while the pecans and dried cherries round it out with just the right amount of sweetness.  

Running With Forks and Barre3 Skillet Cornbread

B3 Skillet Cornbread – Made with stone ground cornmeal, almond flour and coconut milk, this cornbread is both gluten and dairy free. The slight sweetness of the cornmeal is the perfect complement to Thanksgiving’s savory flavors.

Running With Forks and Barre3 Honey-Orange Cranberry Sauce

Honey-Orange Cranberry Sauce – Cranberries, one orange, and honey. That’s all that goes into this simple cranberry sauce, and yet the perfectly tangy flavor makes it one of the highlights of the meal. It needs to chill for at least six hours, so it’s the ideal make-ahead recipe.

Running With Forks and Barre3 DIY Apple Pie
Running With Forks and Barre3 DIY Chocolate Pie
Running With Forks and Barre3 DIY Pumpkin Pie

DIY Pumpkin Pie – In the barre3 spirit of Make It Your Own, this recipe is designed so you can choose your own filling. It’s delicious as a traditional pumpkin pie, but the almond-oat crust works just as well with apples, chocolate—you name it!