It’s time for some Weekday Supper fun! My friends have been sharing so many awesome ideas for quick and easy (and healthy) meals that can be on the table in 30 minutes or less. I don’t know about you, but I can definitely get on board with that! Today, I am serving up one of my favorite summer dishes: a sesame salad with edamame.
Living in Florida, the summer can be absolutely scorching. The humidity makes me want to retreat into my house and hide from sunup to sundown. Hot food almost completely loses its appeal to me during these hot weeks, so I love turning to salads for dinner. They also happen to be a great way to create a healthy dinner! With my desire to eat salads all the time, I do have to continually switch up the ingredients to make sure I don’t get burned out with the same choices. I adore Asian inspired flavors, so this sesame salad vegetable combo really spoke to me. What’s really great is that you can easily find all of the ingredients in your grocery store!
This sesame salad with edamame is definitely a winner in my salad repertoire. The crisp lettuce cools you down, the carrots add crunch, red bell pepper imparts sweetness, and there’s a punch of protein from the edamame. I love sprinkling mine with and sesame seeds (and even some chia seeds too) for extra texture.
In my book, salads are definitely a fantastic meal for a weeknight; they don’t have to be solely served as a side dish! Think about how to make them shine as the main course; filling your plate completely with veggies is a great way to make healthy choices while still satisfying. Edamame is a great bean to help in that process; they provide protein to keep you full, but are light in flavor and won’t weigh you down! When you’re creating entree salads at home, try out different greens – I use butter lettuce for this salad, but you can experiment with crunchy romaine, peppery arugula, spinach, and more! This particular salad is also a vegetarian option (if you’re diving in for a “Meatless Monday” or meatless day of the week in your home), but you could easily top yours with a grilled Teriyaki chicken breast, shrimp, or other meat/seafood you desire. It’s up to you!
Are you a fan of salads in the summer? What do you top your greens with?
I love to add a sprinkle of chia seeds to the top of my salad as well!
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This post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. All opinions are my own.
Make sure you check out the other amazing recipes offered for Weekday Supper this week!
Monday – Blueberry Chicken and Rice by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Tuesday – Greek Shrimp with Orzo, Tomato and Feta by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Wednesday – Sesame Salad with Edamame by Ruffles & Truffles
Thursday – Portugese Flank Steak by Family Foodie
Friday – Pasta & Pea Sauce by The Foodie Army Wife
I could not be more excited about this week’s Sunday Supper! The folks at American Family Insurance tasked the Sunday Supper team with the challenge of turning family favorites/comfort food into a healthier version. If you know me, you are aware I attempt to create healthy meals 95% of the time. I truly believe that food can be absolutely amazing and satisfying while also being nutritious.
Here’s the thing: I know it can be slightly difficult to begin the process. I transitioned over to my current “healthy eating routine” in 2008, and it did take a little while for me to figure things out. One of the most important factors was keeping an open mind. I knew I would have to try new things to discover what I liked, what worked in my kitchen, and what I enjoyed preparing. Little by little, more and more vegetables and healthy foods came to be a regular part of my meals. Nowadays it is extremely rare to see my plate missing a heaping pile of vegetables in some form!
There is something oh so wonderful about comfort food. I am sure you have your favorites, am I right?
On Sunday, American Family Insurance will partner with the folks at Sunday Supper to present a full menu of family favorite recipes turned healthy. Expect to find reduced guilt versions of comfort food dishes, strategies for sneaking vegetables into family favorite foods, some healthy after school snacks, and even some super foods/tips for accommodating special diet needs such as gluten-free and allergies!
As someone who enjoys healthy and wholesome meals, I am drooling just thinking about some of the incredible dishes that will be served up this weekend! Here’s a sneak preview of what is to come:
Angel Hair & Zucchini Noodles with Fresh Tomato Sauce by Ruffles & Truffles
Baked Vegetable Egg Rolls by Curious Cuisiniere
Beef Stroganoff by Country Girl in the Village
Buffalo Cauli-Tots by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Corn and Crab Chowder by The Dinner-Mom
Crab Cake Salad by Family Foodie
Grilled Portabella Mushrooms On Red Pepper Slaw with Cucumber Dressing by Seduction In The Kitchen
Healthy Chicken Salad by Run DMT
Lighter Beef Tacos by Alida’s Kitchen
Meatballs with Vegetable Noodles and Fresh Tomato Sauce by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Roasted Cauliflower Mac & Cheese by The Messy Baker
Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms and Spinach by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Tex Mex Enchilada Skillet Lasagna by Neighborfood
Zucchini Meat Lasagna by Peanut Butter and Peppers
Chewy Coconut Granola Bars by Savvy Eats
Enlightened Southern Banana Puddings by The Weekend Gourmet
Mom’s Fruit Salad by Magnolia Days
Strawberry Vanilla Canapés by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Superfood Pancakes by girlichef
Zucchini Carrot Snack Cake by The Foodie Army Wife
Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.
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