The Un-Gwyneth Salad – All Good, no GOOP!

Evette’s “Eat One-Treat One” post was bouncing in the back of my head the other day as I stared at a jar of goji berries in my cupboard. Now, I know gojis are healthy, full of antioxidants that fight cancer and heart disease, boost the immune system, and basically turn us into Gwyneth Paltrow. But like GP, they leave me a little cold.

What could make me want to spend more time with a goji? Chocolate? Bacon? (Mario Batali?) Pine nuts! Pine nuts taste bacony, but unlike bacon they actually work to surpress hunger and might even help us lose weight. Inspired, I threw a handful of gojis and a handful of pine nuts into a large mason jar. Shake, shake, shake and my creative cooking juices were a-flowing. Searching in the fridge, I unearthed some nappa cabbage. Just the crisp kick to add to the iron-happy spinach that I’d been neglecting for days. A couple chops of the knife and I added two handfuls of cabbage and two handfuls of shredded spinach to the jar. Now what kind of dressing is all good and no GOOP? Miso dressing, baby! Just throw the following into your mini cuisinart, pour into your jar, and enjoy!

Eat One! Treat One!

If you’re like me, you feel better when you eat food that is alive and nutritious. Yet there is something so American about the convenience factor, something that fits nicely into your hand as you make a mad dash to the door.  How to mix the two?  You’ve seen it! You’ve re-pinned it late at night as you ate ice cream and watched Real House Wives and thought I’ll make this next month: Salad-in- a-Jar.