Warm Salads!

We are salad lovers here! Love love love salads and they are especially handy if you are watching what you eat. But the downside is the same old lettuce base with the usual toppings gets old quickly so we have decided to change it up!

It is cold, windy and rainy outside and it hits me – warm salads (sounds perfect for winter right?) I plopped this into YouTube search and one of the the first videos that came up sounded like a winner! It was a Warm Crispy Mushroom Arugula Salad made by Healthnut Nutrition. It looked crazy delicious and if we were not getting ready to travel I’d be making this today! In her video she said it was a recipe she recreated from a dish that she had at Terroni‘s. I am super excited to try it when we get back and once I do I’ll let you guys know all about it!

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The YouTube Video is on her channel here – http://bit.ly/2Tzbo9o

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Sausage Potato & Leek Soup

I’m not a cold weather person but one of my favorite things about winter is that it’s the perfect time for hot, hearty soups and stews.

One of my more recent favorites would be – Sausage, Leek and Potato soup. It’s fast, easy and delicious. Between the minimal ingredients, quick cooking time and the FullStar Veggie Chopper this was all prepped and done in under an hour! Picked everything up from Kroger on the way home and TADA – dinner. 🍲

1lb ground pork sausage, crumbled
2 -3 large leeks, white and light green parts only
Fresh garlic ( you measure this with your soul)
2 – 2.5 pounds of cubed/chopped potatoes
7 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream or milk (I used milk)
Butter (2-3 tbsp)
Salt and Pepper

Cook the sausage over medium heat in a large soup pot until done. Add the butter, dill, leeks and garlic and cook, stirring regularly, until soft about 8 or so minutes minutes.

Add the potatoes, broth, more dill (lol), salt and pepper to pot and bring to a boil. Cover and turn the heat down to low. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender/soft

Some people puree this with an immersion blender but I don’t – my family likes the potato chunks – but do whatever brings you joy. 🥰🥰
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You can see my review and video demo of the Fullstar Vegetable Chopper here – http://bit.ly/FullstarChopper

Better Eating For The Family

As a family we have made a decision.

We have decided that we are going to make a serious concerted effort to eat better.  Three out of the four of us have really packed on the pounds over the last year. We need to eat better and move more. We looked at the current weight loss trends and we decided that we don’t want to do any fad diets or Cleanses or Keto or Carnivore or any of that (not that there’s anything wrong with some of those). We just want to do something that is more of a permanent lifestyle change and we don’t want to live in a world were we can’t eat bread or potatoes, but kudos to any of you that can go carb light for life.

In the spirit of our decision we have decided to make Sunday’s family food prep day. I think having a variety of healthy foods on hand will greatly curb one of our biggest weaknesses and that is grabbing something quick because we are all busy and we do not do hungry (Hangry – lol) very well. A bad habit that leads us all to making poor food choices.

With that said, if anyone would like to drop a link or two to some recipes or tips we’d appreciate it greatly.

Fatback Soul Shack

Fatback Soul Shack – Party of Two 

2440 Roanoke St
Christiansburg, VA 24073

I have to give this place 4.5 stars out of 5 because this place was absolutely wonderful!  Good food and great service. 

Everything from the decor (It looks like a truck-stop garage blend with the giant tires made into the counter and actual tailgates for the backs of benches) to the food (if you never have fried green tomatoes anywhere in the New River valley EAT.THEM.HERE.)

My husband and I ordered a side of fried squash and a side of the fried green tomatoes to share as an appetizer. That was the best decision ever. Both were amazing. They were fried and seasoned to perfection! They needed no salt, they needed no sauce…just needed the quickest way possible into my mouth! 

My main course was the half rack of St. Louis Style ribs and a side of collard greens. I wasn’t wowed by the greens (they tasted like they were cooked with vinegar in the pot and that isn’t my thing but for others it may be awesome) and it came with 3 hush puppies (those things were golden balls of yumminess). The hunk of rib meat that came out as my meal was the size of my head… seriously, this thing was huge. The flavor was really good but it could have been more tender in my opinion because I don’t like to have to take a knife to my ribs I just like to bite into them and have them all but fall off the bone.  Also, upon eating the rest later because there was no way I could eat it all in one sitting, I ran into more of that toughness and a lot of gristle and fat and not much meat left considering the size of it…I was a little disappointed in that but I’d order it again (I am guessing that this was a fluke because meat cuts can be odd like that). Anywho, I had everyone in my office wanting BBQ thanks to me heating that up in the microwave for lunch. 

I can easily see myself working my way through the menu at this place. 

Also, do yourself a favor and try the beer they have on tap… you will not be disappointed.

Food: 4.5 out of 5
Service: 5 out of 5
Dining Area: 5 out of 5
Value: 4 out of 5

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