Salad Nicoise Redux

IMG_20150512_132657Another recipe idea from the FitGirlsGuide 28 Day Jump-start.

1 Yellow Pepper
Green peas, frozen
Greek Yogurt
Green beans
Red Bliss potatoes
Dried dill

1. Steam green beans. Boil potatoes. Chill.
2. In a 400F oven, roast bell pepper unit soft but will still hold it’s form.
3. Mash avocado, Greek yogurt, dill, salt, pepper, lime juice. Add to shredded chicken, peas, a cilantro.
4. Spoon mixture into half of a pepper.
5. Serve with a side of low calorie dressing. I used a lite Caesar.

**I did not write down an exact recipe for this. I improvised, and tasted along the way to my liking.


Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite places to shop once in awhile. I’ve tried a variety of their items and so far here are my favorites:

Spinach and Kale dip frontReduced-Guilt Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip – $3.99


And about half the calories a regular tub of Spinach Dip.

Thick, creamy and zesty with big chunks of kale/spinach.

Perfect if you’re feeling lazy and you have to bring a dish to a party.

I like mine with blue corn tortilla chips. (Target has these with flax seeds yum!)

trader-joes-cookie-butter-1Speculoos Cookie Butter – $3.69

I know you’ve heard plenty of people raving about cookie butter.. but have you tried it yet? What are you waiting for!?

This has the texture of peanut butter but tastes like a cookie. Ah-ma-zing.

I could literally just eat it with a spoon out of the jar. But it’s also good on a croissant, toast or a topping for your ice cream. 

01397-salsa-verdeSalsa Verde – $1.99

I’m not a fan of salsa verde at all, until I tried this one.

The fun thing about Trader Joe’s is they always have something for you to sample when you walk in. One shopping trip, they had plantain chips with melted cheese and a bit of this salsa verde on top. Who knew that weird “nacho” combination would taste so good?

I make spanish cuisine often, so I knew I had to pick this up. (Esp. for only $1.99!)

It has now become a staple in our house, and it compliments well with so many things.


IMG_6113_thumbChanna Masala – $2.99

I was a bit wary about this when I picked it up for the first time.

Channa Masala is one of my favorite dishes to order from take-out. I also wanted to introduce my boyfriend to Indian cuisine and he loves garbanzo beans so I thought this would be perfect.

Let’s just say, he didn’t share!