Asian Chopped Salad

I came across this Asian chopped salad recipe on Pinterest and immediately thought it looked delicious (http://mywholefoodlife.com/2015/06/24/asian-chopped-salad/). I like the standard garden salad as much as the next person, but this just looked so colorful and interesting I had to try it.

It looks like a long list of ingredients, but it really couldn’t be easier!

For the salad:

  • 1 head lettuce, chopped (I used green leaf lettuce like the recipe suggested)
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange pepper, thinly sliced (I try to use organic whenever possible but couldn’t find any organic orange peppers, so I used yellow instead)
  • 1/2 purple cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups edamame or green peas (I used frozen edamame that I warmed up in the microwave for about 2 minutes then let cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes)
  • 1 cup carrots, cut into ribbons or shredded (I used pre-shredded because it was easier)
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped (I omitted this ingredient because we aren’t a big onion family)

For the dressing:

  • 1/3 cup + 1 T unsalted peanut butter (I used cashew butter because I thought it would go well with the cashews in the salad, but cashew butter doesn’t have a lot of flavor. Next time I will definitely try peanut butter)
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 T soy sauce (I used low sodium)
  • 2 T lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced

  

 I chopped all of the salad ingredients and mixed them together in a large bowl. Then, I whisked all of the dressing ingredients together separately in a small bowl.

 
 

Finally I added the dressing to the salad and mixed it all together until combined.   
 The end result was yummy and healthy 🙂

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Fairy Garden

I’ve been wanting to make a fairy garden for a while now. They are so sweet! I found a ton of inspiration on Pinterest (http://www.hometalk.com/1282332/fairy-garden-in-a-container). The one in this link is super cute, but contains real plants. I have a black thumb when it comes to taking care of plants, so I decided to make mine in a shallow plate (no care needed).

This project was so fun! The best part was picking out all the little accessories at a local nursery (shop local!). My three-year-old got so excited looking at all the tiny fairy stuff 🙂

Materials needs for this project include:

  • A large plate
  • Dirt
  • Polished stones
  • Glass stones
  • Fairy accessories

  
First, we started by spreading out some potting soil on the plate. This was a great project to do with my son, he loved helping.  

Next, we arranged all the little fairy accessories. This was so fun!  

Finally, we added a glass-stone path and scattered some polished rocks around.  

 
This project was great! Although, it wasn’t cheap. Those little fairy accessories are pretty pricey, it’s easy to go crazy with all the cute stuff they have. Putting it together was so fun, it made me feel like a kid again 🙂