Friday, March 4, 2011

Hello Weekend!

Greetings!  It is Friday!   With a good weather weekend upon us.  I made a Trader Joe's run today.  I want to share with you a dish I made tonight.  I found this Greek Chopped Salad on a blog that my daughter Erika follows, called:
The Fitnessista   I spent some time perusing this blog last night, and came up with a lot of good snack ideas for my quest to lose my winter coat.  This Greek Salad had my mouth watering, and today while I was shopping at Trader Joe's, I picked up what I needed to make it, along with a couple of additions of my own.
Her recipe called for
1 can chick peas
Few grape tomatoes, halved
1 cucumber, seeded and diced
1 red pepper, diced
I also used 1 yellow pepper, diced
Juice of 1 Meyer lemon ( I used a lemon off of my tree, not a Meyer )
fresh mint
fresh parsley ( I didn't use parsley)
2 T hemp oil ( I used olive oil )
fresh cracked pepper
fresh sea salt
I used lots of fresh basil in place of the parsley
I grow mint, and used a good handful of chopped mint leaves
I also bought lemon pepper pappardelle pasta, and cooked this al dente, then chilled under cold running water for this dish. 
The fresh ingredients, along with the amazing fresh taste that the mint and  basil added to this dish, was SO, SO good!!  The pasta made it more a meal. 
And guilt free.  This whipped up so quickly, and I absolutely loved it.  I hope you give it a try too. 
Enjoy your weekend!  I plan to!!
Bon Appetit!!!


Holly said...

Holy Smokes that looks yummy! I know that Katie would like that too. Thanks for the recipe and have a great weekend!

Rachel said...

That looks fabulous!!! And, I must say that I applaud you for the Trader Joes runs -- thats one of my favorite places to go. :)

Have a wonderful weekend!!!


From the Kitchen said...

Thank you very much for a guilt-free recipe. It's what I need and...a lemon tree in my backyard!

Have a great weekend.


Debbie said...

Oh Kris this just sounds wonderful! Always looking for those guilt free ones...The weather is gorgeous isn't it?? ENJOY your week-end!

Bethany said...

This looks delicious!!!!!

~Niki~ said...

i would love this~and if it had some crumble cheese that would be even better~although not neccesarily guilt free lol

Anonymous said...

Salad looks delish!!

You're going to do great today at weigh in! Woot woot!

I never knew I like garbanzo beans so much by themselves (not just in hummus) till I tried Genny's bean concaction. Yum!

Pammy Sue said...

That looks so wonderful! I wish I had it in my fridge right now all ready for me. I'm feeling so lazy. Way to go, Kris! You're doin' it, doin' it.

The Garden Bell said...

I have everything but those noodles. I'm going to give it a try with some others I have. But, you know those will be in my basket on my next T.J. run. Off to finally check out your D.'s blog.

Yum, did you know I'm already drolling,

Pam said...

This dish has so many of my favorite ingredients in it. It looks so delicious and I love that it's guilt free. Nice!

Clara said...

I'll definitely try this one (have to omit the cuc's)as it looks so good and satisfying. I love chickpeas!

I'm Cindy said...

Oh Yum!!! Can't wait to try it!!