2017 Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Yea! Thanksgiving is ALMOST here!

As I was compiling the list on my site of all the best Thanksgiving style recipes I realized I didn't have that many. Things will have to change! In the mean time, below are 22 recipes that you can bring to your Thanksgiving dinner and wow your guests! 

Just click the picture or link below the pictures to get the recipe!







The Perfect (Mexican Style) Lunch Salad

If I could describe the perfect lunch, it would be this salad. Well, I mean actually a lunch with my friends and no kids would be great too. Also Nordstrom's cafe, a day at the spa followed by a healthy lunch, and maybe a meal on the beach with Fernando or my husband applying sunscreen sounds fabulous as well... But other than that, this is my idea of the perfect lunch.

The Mom Salad, The Best salad to get you through a busy day!
The Mom Salad, The Best salad to get you through a busy day!

Being a mom with 3 kids under 5, lunch time is kind of the "Ok, we are halfway through the day" period. We made it through the morning, I'm still awake, the kids are...well, ok the kids are still in their pajamas. BUT, we WILL get dressed after this. Unless I need a nap. Then, we will probably just wear our pajamas and...BE ONE STEP AHEAD OF BED TIME! #momwin

The Mom Salad, The Best Salad to get you through a busy day!
The Mom Salad, The Best Salad to get you through a busy day!

Usually by lunch time I am starving because I ate at 6 a.m. when my kids woke up and I need something that excites me. Obviously a cheesecake would do, but this is a healthy lifestyle blog and I need to portray that I never have cheesecake for lunch.

That's why I love HUGE LOADED salads with creamy dressing. I love kind of adding everything I am craving at the moment into one dish and eventually into one bite. I'm not obsessed with food or anything. Usually these salads will last me 2-3 lunches, and even be a late night snack when again I decide against cheesecake. Just reserve the avocado and salad dressing until each serving and you are good to go!

The Mom Salad, The Best Salad to get you through a busy day!
The Mom Salad, The Best Salad to get you through a busy day!

I have made homemade dressings before, but ever since my 3rd pregnancy I just love ranch. More than fernando on the beach. I've been using these Bolthouse Dressings for a while now and have become somewhat addicted. #notsponsored

Feel free to use the dressing of your choice!

For the roasted chickpeas, I always use THIS recipe!

The Mom Salad, The Best Salad to get you through a busy day!
The Mom Salad, The Best Salad to get you through a busy day!

The Perfect (Mexican Style) Lunch Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 head of curly kale, washed and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced olives
  • 1 c. halved baby tomatoes
  • 1 c. roasted corn-recipe below
  • 1 c.roasted chickpeas-recipe above
  • 1-2 avocados
  • 1-2 slices lime, juiced over salad
  • opt: crushed tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. (Roast the corn)
  2. Turn the oven broiler on low.
  3. Add FROZEN corn to a baking sheet. Drive with 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Place in the oven and cook until the corn has roasted into a crunchy but still soft texture. Toss the corn every so often. (This will take any where between 5-10 minutes.)
  5. Assemble the salad.
  6. Add kale, cilantro, and green onions to a large bowl. Toss to mix.
  7. Next add the rest of the toppings. (Reserve the avocado and lime juice until ready to serve)
  8. Drizzle with salad dressing, avocado, and lime juice when you are ready to eat.
  9. Enjoy!

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The Mom Salad, The Best Salad to get you through a busy day!
The Mom Salad, The Best Salad to get you through a busy day!

For the record, if my kids stay in their pajamas all day we change them into new ones before bed.

Usually.

Kale and Quinoa Sweet Potato Salad

*If you are looking for the perfect salad to go along with your holiday meal to balance out all of those unhealthy goodies, this Kale and Quinoa Sweet Potato is perfect!* You guys, I can't even explain how many times I think about what I (we) will eat next when we are on vacation. Mix that vacation with a HOLIDAY vacation, and basically all I think about is what I'll have for breakfast, where we are going for lunch, is there a dessert place near by, how about a holiday dinner, and will there be a chocolate fountain that I can lay under before I go to bed?

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Obviously I should see a doctor about this obsession, or be put in a straight jacket, but let's put all those issues aside for a second to talk about this salad.

This is the salad that you make if you want people to eat kale.

This is the salad you make if you've had too many bites of gingerbread cookies, even one that you found on the floor.

This is the salad that you bring to a holiday dinner so that you can have your garlic butter cream cheese mashed potatoes sitting next to it on your Christmas plate.

This is THE salad.

Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish
Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish

Will it cancel out the chocolate cake or the 'we stopped counting at 7' rolls you've had.

No.

But at least you had kale on Christmas, and for some people that just might be the Christmas miracle.

Especially if your my husband, because that fool has a serious Christmas roll problem. And yet he maintains that 150 pound figure so well...

Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish
Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish
Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish
Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish
Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish
Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish
Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish
Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish
Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish
Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish

Kale and Quinoa Harvest Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 head of kale, rinsed and chopped/thinly sliced and chopped
  • 1/2 c. dry quinoa, cooked according to package directins
  • 2 sweet potatoes/yams, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 TB. olive oil
  • salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries
  • 1/2-3/4 c. crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 c. chopped pecans, roasted and salted
  • (dressing)
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 1/8 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 c. red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 c. dijon mustard
  • 1/4 c. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. chopped garlic
  • salt/pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. On a baking sheet, add the chopped potatoes. Coat with the olive oil and toss. Sprinkle with a good toss of salt, pepper, a little bit of cinnamon, and a few dashes of nutmeg. (No measuring, just coat.) Toss the potatoes around, and roast in the oven for 10-20 minutes, occasionally tossing them. Roast until the potatoes are soft.
  3. While the potatoes are roasting, assemble the salad.
  4. To a bowl add the kale, quinoa, cranberries, feta, and pecans. Toss.
  5. Once the potatoes are done and COOL, add them to the salad.
  6. When you are ready to serve, make the dressing.
  7. Whisk all of the dressing ingredients together and coat the salad. (you might not need all of the dressing.)
  8. Serve immediately.
  9. (If you are making this for a party, add the dressing before eating the salad.)

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Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish
Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish
Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish
Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish
Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish
Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish
Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish
Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish
Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish
Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish
Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish
Kale & Quinoa Harvest Salad via The Diva Dish

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and holiday season!! May your hearts and belly's be full!

Tomato Basil Quinoa Salad

I have this problem with saying no to buying things when they are on sale.

Whether it's a good sale or bad, I will somehow find a way to convince myself that it's worth buying because I'm saving money. (Although I'm not taking into consideration that I probably wouldn't buy that item normally...)

That's right. You can bet that I still have yet to find a place for that life sized green butterfly wall decor that I bought on the sale rack at Pier 1, or the ugly lamps that my neighbor was selling for a STEAL, and don't forget to mention a grey chair sitting in our living room with an unquestionable wet stain right on it...

But the worst part of my problems happens when I buy food that's on sale. Like when I saw a sign off the side of the road for a  huge box of tomatoes, let's say maybe 30 to count the size of baseballs, for 6 dollars.

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Let me remind you our household is only 2 1/2...and one of those persons passionately hates tomatoes. (Hubbers.)

So by the time those tomatoes are gone I'm either going to have one heck of a stomach ache, or turn red and round like a tomato...I'm hoping for the latter.

Unless of coarse you want to come over and pick up some tomatoes? I'll do a free trade, maybe for a huge pillow? One that would most likely cover that stain...yuck.

But if whole tomatoes aren't your thing, maybe dicing them up and throwing them in a salad is. And if that's the case, consider your self lucky!

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Tomato Basil Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:

2 c. prepared quinoa

1 can navy beans, drained and rinsed

3 1/2 c. - 4c. diced tomatoes

2 c. spinach

1 c. packed basil

Dressing:

2 TB. balsamic vinegar

1 TB. olive oil

2-3 cloves garlic finely diced

zest of one small lemon

salt and pepper to taste

(parmesan cheese:optional)

Directions:

1. Whisk the dressing ingredients together and set aside. 

2. In a food processor, finely chop basil leaves and spinach. Set aside

3. In a large bowl add quinoa, beans, tomatoes, chopped greens, and dressing. Mix until combined, and add more salt and pepper to taste.

4. Set in fridge until ready to serve.

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If you want, feel free to add parmesan cheese on top.

This would be a great side dish, main dish, or a healthy snack! I had it for lunch, and ate it on top of pita chips:

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Now I've got to work on my other 'problem', which is making excessive messes in the kitchen...

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Either that, or I've got to some how find someone willing to buy that stained chair...

Some idiot will buy it, right?

Minty Kale Salad

Things are getting a little silly around here :)

You may notice things look a little different/a little off.

No need to worry, The Diva-Dish is getting a MUCH needed pampered makeover.

Within the next 24 hours, things are going to be looking a little classier...So please bare with the craziness, and the randomness :)

But I promise, you will love it!

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Way back when, salads were my go to kind of food.

I thought it was the 'healthiest' thing to order on the menu at restaurants, and would gladly down a cup of ranch dressing to go along side that.

Oh..

And if the restaurant had bread, you can guarantee that I dipped my bread into my gallon of ranch, all the while using that bread to lick my nutritious delicious salad plate clean.

Now hold on a second, because I'm not saying eating a salad with ranch and bread is sending you straight to the 'worlds unhealthiest eater' prison. If that's your favorite kind of salad, then by all means dip and lick away. Living every once in a while, and eating our favorite foods in moderation (deep rich chocolate cake anyone?) will keep us sane..trust me. You wouldn't want to know me if chocolate wasn't allowed in my life.

But I believe that there are 'better' ways to enjoy the foods we love.

We can up the nutrients, the fiber, the vitamins, the protein, and everything else if we play around with recipes to have them include beneficial ingredients that will help our bodies stay strong and healthy.

With that being said, let me introduce you to,

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Minty Kale Salad

*Kale Greens are a great alternative to regular lettuce and even Spinach. It has an amazing source of Fiber, Antioxidants, Vitamins K, A, and C, and aids in Digestion. For best taste results, remove stems from leaves, because the stems are the bitter part of the Kale Plant.*

Ingredients:

Creamy Mint Dressing: Recipe from OhSheGlows

1/4 C. Coconut Milk

1/2 C. Mint Leaves

1 TB. EVOO

3 TB. Lime Juice

2 Tsp. Agave Nectar

salt, pepper

1/2 tsp. Arrowroot powder for thickening (optional)

Ingredients for Salad:

1 Large Bunch of Kale (Read * above for health benefits)

Tomatoes (Great source of Lycopene, which aids in fighting cancer, and Vitamin C)

Avocados (Fight cancer, lower cholesterol, regulate blood pressure)

Garbanzo Beans (Great Sources of Vitamins, Minerals, Fiber, and Protein)

Peaches (Great source of Beta Carotene which helps with eye and heart health. High fiber and high potassium)

Pecans (Heart healthy, natural antioxidants, lower cholesterol, aids w/ weight control, nutrient dense)

Goat Cheese (Easier to digest than cows milk, metabolism boosting, high in protein and calcium, nutrient dense)

(Everything optional, so add what ever you like on salads. If you a non-vegetarian, feel free to add maybe a lemon chicken. If your a vegetarian stick with the garbanzo beans and pecans for the protein, and if your a vegan, opt out on the goat cheese)

Directions:

1. Make the salad dressing by blending all ingredients in a blender and set aside. Gather Kale bunch and pick off leaves, and discard the stems. Put the leaves in a bowl and drizzle with desired dressing. Massage dressing into Kale Salad until FULLY coated. Let sit while preparing additional ingredients.

2. Once ready, throw additional ingredients on top. Sprinkle with coconut if feeling spontaneous.

3. Dig in!

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I think I will be purchasing mint on a regular basis, because this was seriously the most refreshing salad I have ever had. It reminded me of summer!

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And I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my extra mint leaves when I woke up this morning..

That was until I found this:

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I don't even have a green thumb for pre-grown foods bought from the grocery store..

Just pitiful.

Oh well, it definitely didn't stop me from continuing on with what I had in mind :)

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Minty Green Drink

Ingredients:

1 Cup Coconut Milk

1/2 Cup Coconut Water

1 Heaping Cup Spinach

1 Heaping Cup Kale (no stems)

1/4 Cup Dead Mint Leaves

1/3 C. Frozen Cherries

1/3 C. Frozen Blueberries

1 small frozen banana

1 TB. Chia Seeds

1 TB. Walnuts

1 TB. Vanilla

Ice

Directions:

1. Blend till Creamy and Serve

Thanks again for your patience with the blog change.

I know that things can get a little silly and out of hand around here some times, but I appreciate those that visit often and continue to support this journey on living life the healthy way :)

Or maybe...You just keep coming back because you want to see more of this little Chickpea:

That's ok :)

It's completely healthy!