Tasty Thursday’s

Part of being on a juice cleanse is the “post” cleansing period where you have to eat really clean and healthy foods so your body doesn’t go into shock. So don’t pull a Gaby and eat pizza on your first day “post” cleanse like I did a few months ago. My stomach literally punched me in the gut.

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So salads are the name of the game. Loaded salads to be exact. This one is kind of a re-creation of what I did for Thanksgiving last year and everyone was totally obsessed. I just threw a bunch of vegetables into my oven and roasted the heck out of them until they were slightly golden brown and gorgeous. Aren’t veggies better when they are roasted? I think so. They taste like candy. And then I threw in 2 avocados, because 2 is always better than 1 and who doesn’t love avocados  Am I right? I don’t know if we can be friends if you don’t like avocado.

Speaking of which, did I tell you that Thomas, my hubby, thought he was allergic to avocados for a hot second. I thought we were going to have to call off the wedding (kidding) but it turns out he just had a serious avocado overdose. I guess eating 10 avocados in a day while I was recipe testing for my book will do that to a guy.

Anyways…. I also added some dried cranberries and my all time favorite salad dress ever. Mustard Herb Vinaigrette. You should totally make it if you haven’t tried it yet. My recipe makes a decent size batch, so you can be awesome like me and store it in the fridge and just throw it into loaded salads all week long. It’s seriously delish. And it makes life easier. Pinkie promise.

Roasted Vegetable, Arugula and Avocado Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 cups arugula
  • 1 cup chopped butternut squash, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets, broken into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 avocados, skin removed and cut into wedges
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • handful of dried cranberries
  • handful chopped white cheddar cheese
  • Mustard Herb Vinaigrette
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Arrange the arugula in a large salad bowl.
  3. Place the chopped butternut squash, cauliflower and mushroom heads on a baking sheet in an even layer and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place the baking sheet into the oven and roast for 30-35 minutes until the vegetables are slightly golden brown and tender to touch.
  5. Remove the vegetables from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before tossing them with the arugula.
  6. Add the avocado, cherry tomatoes, cranberries and white cheddar cheese and toss to combine.
  7. Drizzle 2-3 tablespoons of the vinaigrette on top and toss. Taste and add more vinaigrette or salt and pepper if needed.
  8. Serve immediately.

 

Credit from What’s Gabby Cooking Recipes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rising Star

On Tuesday February 12th I received a call from National Association of Professional Women interested in interviewing me. Well after a GREAT interview, I was asked to join and be featured on their blog as a upcoming rising star business owner. As we began to talk more they connected me with a mentor in my business that would help me reach may goal by providing the education and marketing tools that I need to be successful.  The National Association of Professional Women is a place for professional women to Connect, Learn, Grow, and Inspire. I am happy to be apart of  a great network, and I thank GOD for leading and guiding me along the way. I am EXCITED to say that I’m on my way to success.

Antoinette, owner

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Get FIT friday

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Thursday Tip

An easy way to track RSVPs! Guests often forget to write their name on the response card. With this invisible ink pen, just number your guest list and write that corresponding number on your RSVP card. They’ll never know it’s there!

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