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Thursday, August 1, 2019

My Summer Salad, with a Simple, yet Delicious, Homemade Hummus Dressing

WOW, I just realized that I have not posted any food or recipe ideas in over a year- yikes!!!  My love for this blog and it's mission has never waned, yet, I have been busy working on other projects, so this kind of fell by the wayside.   

You know what else fell by the wayside?  My daily focus on maximizing veggies and minimizing pastas and breads.  No, I haven't been eating Donuts, French Fries and Ice Cream every single day  (but a girl can dream!!)  

However, I have been more lax with food choices and portion size.  So, it is not shocking that I've gained 7 pounds.  Yup, true story!!!  It is the dangerous territory when all the clothes get tight and uncomfortable, or flat out just don't fit.  I want to fit into the jeans I already own this Fall, just to save myself from the torture of shopping for jeans - not easy for a curvy woman!

So after seeing that scary number on my scale Monday morning I have been trying to eat more consciously and refocus on the fresh veggies and healthy proteins that have always been the focus of successfully managing my weight while satisfying my hunger at the same time.

I've enjoyed variations of this salad every day this week. To call it an Arugula Salad just does not do all the other amazing ingredients any justice....

My Summer Salad
Arugula, a handful
Homemade Hummus Dressing (recipe below)
6 Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes, halved
6 Red Grapes, halved
2 Hard Boiled Eggs, chopped
1/2 Avocado, chopped
1 Tbsp Roasted & Salted Pepitas (aka Pumpkin Seeds - special shout out to Aldi for making food like this affordable!)

So this is YUMMY!   Seriously this is ALL good stuff, and testament to that is I'm eating it again today for the 4th day in a row.  You have the perky spicy Arugula, with a little sweetness, a little creaminess, a little crunch and a whole lot of filling Protein and Good Fats, as well as satisfying flavors.  I'm ready to do it all over again tomorrow! :) 

Homemade Hummus Dressing Recipe:
Mix below ingredients and drizzle over salad:
-a big spoon loaded with Classic Hummus (store bought!)
-a little spoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
-juice of 1/2 Lime or Lemon (I've done both: same same)

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