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Beet and Goat Cheese Salad + Golden Balsamic Dressing

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad is incredibly delicious and simple to make! Tossed in a golden balsamic dressing this is the perfect salad for every occasion. 

beet and goat cheese salad

No salad pleases my taste pallet more than beet and goat cheese salad. The combination mixed with my golden balsamic dressing makes for an irresistible salad! Do not worry if you don’t like goat cheese because feta is an excellent substitute or no cheese. I bought this salad to my in-laws on Thanksgiving and it was a hit even with all the amazing thanksgiving side dishes! 

The very first time I had beet and goat cheese salad was 5 years ago at my brother-in-law’s wedding, this salad pretty much swept my pregnant self off my feet. Since then I have been putting this salad into our weeknight meal rotation. My kids and hubby both love it which is a big bonus and I will never complain when they are eating their greens. 

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad is healthy and delicious! I use arugula however I have subbed it with baby spinach and it was equally delicious. This salad will taste great with any baby lettuce or spring mix. I bring this salad most places I am asked to bring a salad. This salad is dedicated to all my people who are always asked to bring a salad if you know you know! So if you are one of those you better make the most delicious and aesthetically pleasing salad around!

Why do I love this salad so much?

  • Simple ingredients: arugula, beets, candy pecans, and a bosc pear. I purchased all my ingredients at Trader Joes. 
  • Flexibility: you can swap out arugula for baby spinach. Any nut will work however I highly recommend candy pecans or walnuts. I love goat cheese especially with this salad but feta is an easy swap. 

Love great tasting salads, also try Tuscan Kale Salad with Apples!

Yield: 8

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad + Golden Balsamic Dressing

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad + Golden Balsamic Dressing

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad is incredibly delicious and simple to make! Tossed in a golden balsamic dressing this is the perfect salad for every occasion. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

  • 8 oz arugula
  • 1 Bosc pear cored and sliced 
  • 5 oz package or steamed and peeled beets
  • 1/2 cup candied pecans
  • 4 oz goat cheese 

Golden Balsamic Dressing

  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 3 tbsp golden balsamic vinegar 
  • 1 tbsp white balsamic reduction 
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Add all dressing ingredients into a jar ( like a mason or wreck jar) place cap on and give it a few shakes. Taste and adjust salt if needed.
  2. Dice beets into small pieces.
  3. Core and slice pear thinly.
  4. Add arugula to a salad bowl and top with beets, pear slices, and candy pecans.
  5. Crumble goat cheese and place on top of the salad.
  6. Add salad dressing, toss and combine.

Gluten-Free Yogurt Banana Bread

Super moist and perfectly sweet this Gluten-Free Yogurt Banana Bread has the perfect soft bite!

BANANA BREAD SLICE

This is one of my favorite gluten-free yogurt banana bread recipes. Whenever there are spotty bananas around this recipe always comes to mind. Working with almond flour can be tricky and I absolutely hate mushy bread! I promise you this one holds together, no mushiness or crumbling when you pick it up!

After the holidays it feels nice to lay off the heavier foods but it was nice to indulge a little more than usual. Family and friend gatherings bring so much joy to my life at the moment they can be overwhelming but looking back I am so grateful for the time I spend with all my family and friends! 

Almond flour is my favorite gluten-free flour substitute and I love adding protein-packed greek yogurt to my recipes. I made this with the intention of making Christmas break mornings a little easier. A grab and go for the kids and me, we love it with a spread of peanut butter on top 😋 and for a side of espresso for me!

Tools/Equipment

  • loaf pan
  • 2 medium bowls

How to make Gluten-Free Yogurt Banana Bread 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour your loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.
  • Mix the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl mix together the flours, baking soda cinnamon, and salt till well combined. 
  • Mix the remaining ingredients. In your other bowl mix together your eggs and sugar till combined about 3-5 minutes. Stir in banana, yogurt, and vanilla until just combined. 
  • Combine the ingredients. 
  • Bake the bread. Pour batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake at 350F for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Love banana bread, also try Vegan Banana Cinnamon Muffins and Blackberry Banana Bread Bars!

Yield: 12

Gluten-Free Yogurt Banana Bread

Gluten-Free Yogurt Banana Bread

Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar or sub coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Optional add-ins

  • 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup nuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour your loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl mix together the flours, baking soda cinnamon, and salt till well combined. 
  3. Mix the remaining ingredients. In your other bowl mix together your eggs and sugar till combined about 3-5 minutes. Stir in banana, yogurt, and vanilla until just combined. 
  4. Combine the ingredients. In the center of your dry ingredients make a well then pour in wet ingredients. Stir until combined.
  5. Bake the bread. Pour batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake at 350F for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Air Fryer Veggie & Tofu Egg Rolls {Easy Egg Roll Recipe}

Air Fryer Egg Rolls are the most delicious vegan-friendly snack, appetizer or meal! Not fried, packed with healthy veggies and tofu and cooks in 8 minutes! Veggie Egg Rolls are the perfect healthy food everyone will love. 

Everyone loves eggrolls espically with sweet chili dipping sauce! I love the crunch mixed with all the sauteed veggies. Lucky for all of us I have created this recipe without all the oil or deep frying used in traditional egg rolls. Air Fryer Egg Rolls have all same the crunch and flavor as traditional egg rolls. 

Where do you buy Egg Roll Wrapper?

Most stores carry egg roll wrappers, generally in the refrigerated aisle by the bottled dressings! If you go to an Asian market you will find much more verity, shapes and sizes.  There is a difference between spring roll wrapper and egg roll wrappers, make sure you are purchasing egg roll wrappers! 

What do you put in egg rolls?

Honestly, this is a recipe that is easily customizable. I kept mine meat-free, however, if you choose to add meat make sure it’s fully cooked before adding to your egg roll mixture. This version of egg rolls has:

  • Egg Roll Wrappers
  • Shredded Cabbage
  • Diced Mushroom
  • Crumbled Tofu
  • Shredded Carrots 
  • Green Onion
  • Flavorings: Tamari, Rice Vinegar, Salt & Pepper, Garlic Powder, and Onion Salt
  • Sesame Oil & Avocado Oil

If you choose to add meat make sure its fully cooked, shrimp, cooked sausage, chicken or beef are great add-ins. 

How do you wrap an egg roll?

  1. Set up a small station for you to wrap the rolls. I like to use a cutting board. 
  2. Place the wrapper on your cutting board, you want a diamond shape, so it should be pointing at you. 
  3. Place about 3 tbsp of your filling in the center. Roll up the bottom point so it just covers the filling.
  4. Fold in the left side of your wrapper to cover the center and then fold in the right side to cover the left side. It will like an envelope!
  5. Starting at the bottom roll your egg roll up to the top point, brush some water over the top point and seal your egg roll. If your sides need sealing brush them with water too.
  6. Repeat till finished with your egg roll filling. Love egg rolls, also try Egg Roll in a Bowl!

 

Yield: 10-12 egg rolls

Air Fryer Veggie & Tofu Egg Rolls {Easy Egg Roll Recipe}

Air Fryer Veggie & Tofu Egg Rolls {Easy Egg Roll Recipe}

Air Fryer Egg Rolls are absolutely Delicious! Perfect as a meal, snack or crowd-pleasing appetizer! Not fried, and packed with veggies these egg rolls will be ready in minutes!

Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 Egg roll wrappers
  • 3/4 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 1/4 cup mushrooms finely diced
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 3 cups cabbage
  • 1 14 oz block of firm tofu, pat dry and crumbled
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (reserved for brushing over egg rolls)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp onion salt
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp Tamari
  • 1 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves
  • Sweet Red Chili Dipping Sauce ( I love Thai Kitchen brand)

Instructions

  1. Preheat a frying pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the sesame oil & crumbled tofu. Cook for 2-3 mins stirring often.
  3. Add in the carrots, mushrooms, beans sprouts and cabbage. Cook down for 2-3 minutes till cabbage is wilted.
  4. Add in tamari, spices, and rice vinegar, and cilantro leaves. Stir till well combined and remove from heat.
  5. Assemble egg rolls (detailed description in my post). Brush avocado oil or olive oil over the egg rolls. Brush the bottom of your air fryer basket with oil.
  6. Place egg rolls in your basket seam side down and not touching each other.
  7. Air Fry at 400 for 8 minutes turning once at halfway.

Skillet

Heat a cast-iron skillet and place in enough avocado oil to cover the pan. Place seam side down and cook till brown flip and repeat, may need to add more oil. Place on a plate with paper towels to help absorb oil.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1 { 4 Freestyle Points}

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 127 Total Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 3mg Sodium: 859mg Carbohydrates: 25g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 3g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 8g