Hi everyone! I hope you all had a very happy Christmas, ate lots delicious food and spent time with family.
With my family, our holidays revolve around food and this Christmas was no different. We ate tons of tamales
and the only times we weren’t eating were the short walks we took to hang out with the neighbor’s llamas, ponies and donkeys.
No, I’m not back in Peru. People in LA County have pet llamas. But other than llama sighting. We mostly ate.
I don’t know about you, but after Christmas eating, I need vegetables. Well really, I just think I need to eat normal, so that’s what I’m trying to do, but adding a few extra vegetables in there for good measure.
This morning, I finally tried Kodiak Cakes. If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Like Foodologie on Facebook, you’ll remember that I won a few boxes of Kodiak Cakes through their 12 days of giveaways. I decided to make some this morning
Along with their red raspberry syrup. Overall, they’re super tasty! What I especially love is that they use all natural ingredients (and not to mention easy! You just add water!).
Then for lunch, I had this amazing salad.
It might not look that magical, but I promise it is. It’s light but hearty enough to be a meal on its own. The mint makes it taste fresh and clean. I’ve been making this salad for years so to be perfectly honestly, I can’t remember where I discovered it. Someone deserves credit, I just can’t remember who.
Arugula Salad with Lentils and Spiced Butternut Squash
adapted from somewhere I can’t remember…
1/2 butternut squash, diced
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp cumin
1 tbsp olive oil
3/4 to 1 cup lentils, dry
6 cups arugula1/4 cup fresh chopped mint
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
salt and pepper
4 oz (or more) goat cheese
Pre-heat oven to 375F. Toss diced butternut squash with paprika, cumin, 1 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet at bake for 15 minutes. Toss and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until crispy and cooked through. Please note: this cooking time may vary depending how how big you diced the butternut squash and how intense your oven is, so check it every so often and toss to make sure it doesn’t burn.
While the butternut squash roasts, cook the lentils. Cover in water and boil about 20 minutes (or until tender). Once cooked through, rinse and set aside.
Once the lentils and squash are ready, assemble the salad. In a large bowl, toss together arugula, mint, 2 tbsp olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Scoop some of the salad on a plate, top with goat cheese, lentils and butternut squash. Serve and enjoy!
Feel free to made adjustments. I love mint so I’m a fan of tons of mint. Don’t love mint? Omit it. Out of goat cheese or hate its guts? Replace it with manchego! If you don’t like manchego, then we just can’t be friends. But if you want to make it vegan and omit the cheese, I’m a-okay with that.
I have a feeling this is going to be salad week for me. Be on the look out for some healthy eats and New Years resolutions in the days to come!
How was your Christmas? What was the best thing you ate?