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The Secrets to Kale Salads + Kale Berry Salad with Granola Recipe

If you are anything like me, you don’t necessarily like to buy into the fads and trends of the times. Fads and trends come and go sometimes quicker than we can blink an eye. Kale has seemed like such a fad food, albeit I know it is healthy for you. But I feel like we keep finding kale in places that it doesn’t belong. Either way, I was hesitant to jump on the kale train but I found a couple…

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Potluck Pasta Salad

Last week, I got the phone call.. Someone in our community had passed away and it was our turn to show love in food and service.  Serving at events like funerals in the basement of our local church always gives me a renewed sense of faith in our small towns. I don’t know about where you live, but in small town America, we show love in food. There are many salads and bars that are brought to nourish the hearts of…

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Potluck Taco Salad

One of the things I love about small town Midwest is that whenever there is a need, whether it be a wedding, funeral, or just a significant event in the community, people come out in the droves with food. Small town America shows love in food, and especially small town North Dakota.  Shortly after finding my church home here in North Dakota, I became a part of one of our kitchen committees. It is clear that God has given me…

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Broccoli Salad

Last week our local store Ashley Supervalu celebrated its’ golden anniversary! Fifty years in business is quite the accomplishment and all of us here in Ashley are so thankful for their continued hard work to provide groceries, meats, and produce for our small town.  As part of their celebration, they had lots of great events as well as lots of great sales. And I think I almost shrieked when I walked in and saw fresh broccoli was on sale. The…

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Chicken Bruschetta Salad

A couple weekends ago, I spent a Saturday in Fargo with my BFF. And as usual, whenever I am “in the city” we always have to go out for good eats. We ate at Granite City and we both enjoyed an amazing chicken bruschetta salad. I am not a huge tomato person, they always taste so bitter to me. But this salad was incredible. The tomatoes were so sweet and were mixed with these caramelized red onions in a tomato…

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Steakhouse Salad

One of my favorite things out there is a steakhouse style pizza. Big chunks of delicious steak. Some pepperoncinis. Some fancy cheese. It’s perfection. However, lately I’ve been trying to eat on the healthier side, adding more salads in my daily meals. I’ve been utilizing leftover meat from the night before into a salad the next day for lunch in order to get in some protein and keep me full longer. This steakhouse style salad has been my favorite to-date. Feel…

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Recipes Salads Sides Thirty Days of Food

Buckwheat Beet Salad featuring Oaknook Farms

It is no secret, I am a big proponent for whole grains and love to test recipes that encourage us to include more whole grains (versus refined grains) in our diets! I was super excited when Clare from Oaknook Farms in Manitoba, Canada got in contact with me to feature buckwheat. To be honest, I had no idea what buckwheat even was!? I had heard of it, but never really researched it too much. So if you’re like me, here’s…

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Wild Rice and Edamame Sriracha Salad

As I am experimenting more and more with soy products during my Crop of the Month series, I am finding more and more uses for them. Really, shelled edamame can be added to anything. Rice pilaf, salads, stir fry. The uses are endless. They’ve become a great staple for me in the kitchen.  This is a quick salad I literally threw together in 10 minutes. The trick to this salad is you’ve got to let it sit and marinate in…

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Wheat Berry Fruit Salad

Summer is finally here! Summer is my favorite time of year on the prairie… Everything is green, crops are growing, and best of all, we’ve got all sorts of delicious produce! There’s nothing better than a fresh salad with some beef from the grill.  I got the idea to add wheat berries to a fruit salad when I saw a fruit salad with quinoa in it. Why not add wheat berries instead? Perfect! This also makes a great breakfast and…

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Recipes Salads Thirty Days of Food

Roasted Beet Salad featuring Nathan Ashcraft

So another one of those things I recently found I liked is beets. How did I go this far in my life without finding out how delicious beets are!? I am not sure. I have re-created this delicious salad several times now and I have been wanting to feature it. Luckily Nathan stepped up as my beet grower! And I am so excited to be featuring another gentleman farmer here on the blog! Today, Nathan shares with us about his family…

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