Chopped Kale Salad

In my last Misfit Market box, I received a small bunch of purple kale and was in the mood for kale salad. My family is not a big fan of kale, but I love it. Especially with a simple dressing and topped with dried cranberries, Parmesan and sunflower seeds.

I’m looking forward to making this salad again. It’s so simple, yet filling. I find that eat more salads in the summers and am so ready for all the local produce to be available. I stopped at the roadside farm stand for the first time this weekend and I was so happy to see local strawberries, tomatoes and more.

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Lemon Garlic Orzo with Roasted Vegetables

Today’s Earth Day and I’m excited to participate in a fun blogger challenge. In honor of today, a group of bloggers is sharing vegetarian recipes and/or sustainable food. My kids have been on a little boycott of all vegetables. Not sure why now, but I’m starting to work on them again. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone shares today! Make sure you check out everyone’s recipes below.

I really enjoyed this orzo salad. You can eat in hot, room temperature or cold. I tried it all three ways and preferred it at room temperature. It was easy to make and you can easily switch out any of the veggies to use what you have on hand. The original recipe called for pine nuts and feta, but I omitted those.

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Broccoli Salad

I recently signed up to receive boxes of produce from Misfit Market and am really loving all the fresh, organic fruit and vegetables I’m receiving. I got two heads for broccoli in my last box and was looking for something different to make with it instead of steaming or roasting it. I love broccoli salad but rarely make it. I found a mayo-free version while scrolling Pinterest, and decided to give it a go. It was really good!

I love all the addition of the fruit and sunflower seeds. After a day sitting in the fridge, it was even better as all the flavors combined. The dressing is delicious – I loved the creaminess of it. I can’t wait to make this salad again. I know it’s going to be a sample this summer!
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Sausage Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

I’m still continuing on finding new recipes that are low-carb that my family will eat and it seems stuffed mushrooms are going to be our go-to meal. This dinner got two big thumbs up from my kids and it was packed full of flavor. I served it with a side salad – which got some grumbles from my kids.

Another thing I love about portobello mushrooms is that they’re meaty and are filling. They are a great substitute for meat too!

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Instant Pot Lo Mein

I love a good lo mein …. my kids on the other hand, do not. I thought this would be one of the those recipes my kids would love, but they complained all through dinner about how gross it was, it was chewy and disgusting. My daughter even forbid me to never make this recipe again. My husband and I thought it was really good and was packed full of flavor. I might try it again and switch out the sesame oil and see if my kids like it then…..thought I’m not sure I want to hear the complaining again if they don’t. Ha!

This recipe can easily be switched out to include whatever veggies you have on hand. I made it a meatless dish, but a piece of grilled chicken, steak or shrimp would be a great addition.

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Zoodles with Scallops and Bacon

I love scallops, but rarely make them at home. My former coworkers would always know what I was going to order when there were scallops on the menu. Ha! I’m not sure why I don’t make them at home, but now that I have this recipe, I’ll be making them more often.

My husband and I both loved the zoodles, the lemony sauce and the crispy bacon. I used bay scallops, but I bet this would be delicious with sea scallops. Maybe next time! I also need to work on my searing technique. I think my scallops were a not dry enough – make sure you press out the water.

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Mushroom Ricotta Open-Faced Sandwiches

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m working to incorporate more meatless meals into our life and this recipe was perfect for that! I love mushrooms and this open-faced sandwich did not disappoint. Sautéed mushrooms and onions top a piece of crusty bread with ricotta and then topped with mozzarella cheese and baked in the oven until crispy. YUM!!

I paired our sandwiches with a salad and a glass of red wine, but this would make for a great appetizer too!

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Caprese Stuffed Portobello

I’m trying to get back on the meatless Monday bandwagon and eliminate some of the meat we’ve been eating recently. My husband had a battle with gout not too long ago and while we think we know what his triggers are, I’m hoping to help keep it away by slightly changing our diet. This recipe for stuffed portobello mushrooms will be one of my good to meals. It was quick and easy to make, and so delicious! The mushrooms are brushed with garlic butter, stuffed with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes and drizzled with balsamic vinegar topped with fresh basil.

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Veggie Fritters

Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a great weekend. We’ve had a low-key weekend and is exactly what is needed before a crazy, busy week. Last week, I picked up a CSA share from a local, organic farm and received a bunch of carrots, zucchini and kohlrabi. I never had kohlrabi before but knew it was similar to a turnip – which I love, but it’s a little sweeter and milder. I decided I was going to make fritters with these three veggies and top them with a herb lemon yogurt sauce. It was great way to use them and work on eliminating any waste.

The yogurt sauce was bright and helped lighten up the dish since the fritters are fried in olive oil. The combination the zucchini, carrots and kohlrabi was perfect and you could swap any veggies out for ones you don’t like.

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