Category: Entrees

Pomegranate Farro Mason Jar Salad (Make-Ahead!)

Shake up your lunch time routine with make-ahead Pomegranate Farro Mason Jar Salads. A quick, easy, and portable salad that will stay fresh in your fridge all week long! #ad | www.bytesizednutrition.com
Shake up your lunch time routine with this make-ahead Pomegranate Farro Mason Jar Salad. A quick, easy, and portable salad that will stay fresh in your fridge all week long!

 
By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by POM Wonderful and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

 

It’s no secret.. I LOVE salads. I love the way they look. I love the way they taste. And I love the way they make me feel.

But, I haven’t always felt this way.

I used to eat salads purely for the health of it. I’d pile some raw veggies on top of spinach, drizzle on some reduced-fat salad dressing, and call it a meal. That is, until I was hungry a half hour later.

I’m willing to bet that there are plenty of people out there right now suffering through mediocre salads, all in the name of “health”. But I’m here to tell you that that it doesn’t have to be that way. Believe it or not, you can build a salad that can not only tastes AMAZING, but also keeps you full for hours on end.

Case in point: this Pomegranate Farro Mason Jar Salad. (more…)

Greens & Beans Vegetarian Meatballs

Who says meatballs have to contain meat? These Greens & Beans Vegetarian Meatballs are made with spinach and white beans and are bursting with plant-based protein and flavor! Serve with your favorite dipping sauce for a simple appetizer or toss with pasta for a satisfying meatless meal.

 

Hi friends, happy Friday! Better yet, happy Friday-before-a-holiday-weekend!
Aka the best kind of Friday.

I don’t know about you, but the week before a holiday always seems so chaotic. I feel like I’m constantly running around like a chicken with its head cut off just trying to do all. the. things. In fact, as I write this at 10PM on Thursday, I realize that this is probably one of the first times I’ve really sat down for more than 15 minutes all day. I almost forgot how good it feels to just SIT. Then again, I have a feeling I’ll be singing a different tune tomorrow after sitting in the car for 6 hours.. 

Anywhooo, chances are I’m not the only one out there with a mile-long to-do list this week.. so let me just cut to the chase. These Greens & Beans Vegetarian Meatballs are pretty fantastic and you should probably make them ASAP. The end. (more…)

Ricotta Mashed Potato Gnocchi

Give new life to leftover mashed potatoes with Ricotta Mashed Potato Gnocchi! A fun and easy way to instantly transform sad, neglected leftover mashed potatoes into a delicious entree or side dish you’ll actually want to eat!

 

The countdown to Thanksgiving is officially on (T-minus one week!!) and I could not be more excited. Bring on the food, family time, and much needed R&R.

If your family is anything like mine, then chances are Thanksgiving day marks the beginning of what can only be described as a week-long marathon of leftovers, leftovers, and more leftovers. But, I don’t mind one bit. In fact, I often look forward to the leftovers even more than the actual dinner itself!

The one exception to the above statement? Mashed potatoes.

I want to like leftover mashed potatoes. Really, I do. But something about the texture and consistency makes it real tough (no pun intended). I’ve tried reheating them in the microwave, reheating them on the stove, reheating them in the oven, reheating them with milk, and reheating them with butter.. but alas, nothing seems to do the trick. Until now.

As it turns out, those sad leftover spuds make the perfect base for tender, pillowy mashed potato gnocchi.. who knew?! (more…)

Curried Tempeh Salad with Apples & Raisins

Slightly savory and slightly sweet, this Curried Tempeh Salad with Apples & Raisins will be a hit with vegetarians and omnivores alike. Serve on its own, with crackers, as a salad topper, or in a pita, for a healthy dose of probiotics to keep your gut and immune system functioning at its best!

 

Hi friends, long time no talk!

I apologize for the radio silence on my end recently, but sometimes.. life happens. And well, life has definitely been happening lately. To say that this past month has been a whirlwind would be an understatement. Anddd it doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon.. by the time this post goes live, I’ll be en route to Chicago for the annual Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE). I have been looking forward to this weekend ever since I last attended the conference 2 years ago (I had major FNCE fomo last year) and I can’t believe it’s finally (already!) here. I’m so excited to connect with fellow dietitians, catch up on the latest nutrition-related research, and feed my inner nutrition nerd – literally and figuratively. Fingers crossed that life slows down enough that I actually have time to sit down and share a recap of what I learn this weekend!

In the meantime, it’s back to regularly scheduled programming here on the blog.. and that means it’s time for another round of Recipe Redux. (more…)

Copycat Panera Autumn Squash Soup (Lightened Up!)

Copycat Panera Autumn Squash Soup | A lightened up version of the infamous fall soup made with NO heavy cream! | www.bytesizednutrition.com

A lightened up version of Panera’s infamous Autumn Squash Soup that’s loaded with vegetables, fruit, and NO heavy cream!


 

*This post was originally published on October 18, 2016. Photos and recipe were updated October 4, 2017.

 

Hi, my name’s Kara and I’m addicted to Panera’s Autumn Squash Soup.

 

Alright, fine.. I guess there’s probably worse things in this world that I could be addicted to. But tell that to my wallet.

For real though, have you tasted this soup? It’s warm, creamy, and loaded with two of my favorite fall veggies: butternut squash and pumpkin. Eating this soup is the equivalent of wrapping your taste buds in a big, cozy, oversized sweater.
Utter fall perfection.

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