Recipe: Spinach Salad

by Megan

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to try a new recipe every week. So often I fall in food ruts and eat the exact same thing every week and I forget that cooking can be fun! Some of my experiments recipes may not become my favorites but at least I’ll have tried something new because like I’ve always said, I’ll try anything once and most things twice (except raw onion- won’t do that again). The website Cooking Light has a “Veggie Up” program designed to help people incorporate more fruits and vegetable into their diet. Apparently, only 25% of Americans consume 5 or more servings of produce a day. While I’m normally surprised by statistics this number doesn’t shock me.  Unless I’m consciously trying to eat more fruit and vegetables I can go days without touching produce! But that’s going to change this year, besides trying a new vegetable once a week I’m also going to have a salad once a day to increase my vegetable intake. However, I get really bored with just lettuce and dressing so I searched for some salad recipes and found what I think will be a good one:


Spinach Salad with Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Nectarines


Peppercorn- flavored pork tenderloin (I just make some pork in my slow cooker because I don’t like to grill in this weather)


Baby spinach

Light balsamic vinaigrette

Feta cheese


Once I’ve got all the ingredients I just toss it all together in a big bowl and enjoy!


(For the balsamic vinaigrette recipe I used this or you could just buy one as well.) 

 A vegetable I want to try next week is brussel sprouts. I ate them often when I was younger but it was usually because my parents made me. A friend of mine recommended roasting them in some oil and garlic but I haven’t tried it yet- do you have a recipe for brussel sprouts? If so, let me know, I’d love to try it!



Veggie Up! Eat More Vegetables and Fruit Challenge 

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