Be My (GF) Valentine

GF Heart Pop

Chocolate is my favorite part of Valentine’s Day. I can’t resist showing you another picture of this yummy chocolate pop. This time with a snazzy pink background.

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Looks fancy, doesn’t it? But if you saw the pink silk up close, you’d notice there are bite and claw marks on it from kids and cats. Telling you takes the romance right out of it, I know. But that’s what kids and cats do, my friend. True story.

I’m not here just to make semi depressing comments about my domestic life. No. This post is about salad. Strange, I know. I really should be talking about chocolate. But bear with me.

You may know the sob story about my picky family and the fact that my husband only eats 2 vegetables. It makes me sad because I think under different circumstances I could totally be a vegetarian. Or perhaps more likely, an omnivore who enjoys eating truckloads of veggies. But that is not in the cards for me. Nor is sleep. As far as sleep goes, I’m screwed, but I have discovered the secret to enjoying vegetables again.

Lunch! Salads!

sweet heart potato salad

I have The Fairy Food Mother to thank for this epiphany. Her awesome post called Spectacular Salads really opened my eyes to what a salad could be. In a very manageable way, she breaks down how to add color, protein, and deliciousness to your salad. And she also includes an easy and yummy salad dressing recipe. Bonus!

For all you foodies out there, this realization of mine may seem kind of silly. A great big, “duh” factor. But to me, a strict recipe follower, this post taught me how to be creative with salads and not feel like I need to eat a burger afterwards. Before coming across this post, I hardly ever ate salads as meals, at least not at home. My idea of a homemade salad was mixed greens with lemon, olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt. Not shabby for a side dish, but not at all lunch.

What I love about my new salad making abilities, is that I can use whatever I have on hand. Often I see great looking recipes for salads, like this one, and think, oh I can make that. But then I don’t because I’m missing too many ingredients. Not anymore!

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Before you go thinking I roasted heart shaped sweet potatoes just for this post, you should know that I was attempting to get Bunky to eat what used to be her favorite food as a baby. There are many pictures of her with orange colored mush smeared all over her grinning face, but alas, she has not eaten them since. The hearts were a no-go for her, but went right in my salad along with…
  • mixed greens
  • grated cucumber and carrot – easier than chopping!
  • goat cheese
  • avocado
  • sunflower seeds
  • slices of tart apple (in this case, honey crisp)

But you can throw in anything you’d like, cheese, olives, beans, nuts, hard-boiled eggs, fresh or dried fruit, leftover chicken or salmon.

My only advice would be to think about whether you want your salad to lean towards sweet or savory. Because to me, the idea of using, say, goat cheese, strawberries and olives kind of grossed me out. I would keep olives for a savory salad, and use more neutral things in a sweet one. But that’s just me. You can do whatever you want, which is really the beauty of it.

Go forth and eat veggies. But don’t forget the chocolate. It is Valentine’s Day, after all.

I’m happy to have shared this post at the Gluten-Free Friday’s link up party hosted by Vegetarian Mamma. Click the link to find more great GF recipes!

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It’s also posted on One Creative Weekend, hosted by One Creative Mommyand Simply Sugar and Gluten Free’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays. * Please note, that the recipes on these two link-ups will NOT all be gluten free, so be sure to read carefully.

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23 thoughts on “Be My (GF) Valentine

  1. Haha! A very fun post! I don’t think I will be treating myself to any chocolate today. As far as salads go, I am rather picky, but I am finding things that work for me and my family. My husband would find it much easier to be a vegetarian than me since he likes a wider range of veggies. But some salads we do around the house include taco salad with lettuce, tomato (or pico de gallo), cheese, and beef (usually seasoned); BLT salad with lettuce, tomato, and bacon; and just anything goes salad which usually includes lettuce, tomato, eggs, and cheese.

    I personally prefer savory salads and when it comes to dressing, I am super picky! I grew up on French dressing and when I go out to eat, I usually love what I get, but at home I hate how the dressing tastes! When I started eating high fat/low carb, I tried eating Caesar dressing and salads more, but I had a particularly fishy batch once that turned me off the dressing pretty fast.

    Anyway, thank you for the post! 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Hi Amy, I love taco salads too! Thanks for reminding me about those. I have trouble with dressings, as well. The one I linked to in the post is pretty good, not sweet at all. I used lemon juice instead of lime and only olive oil (I’m not a huge fan of sesame flavor). You can’t go too wrong with just lemon, olive oil and salt, my old standby. Oh, fishy dressing, yuck!

      Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!

      • I did end up getting some chocolate today in the form of dark chocolate custard with red raspberries. The raspberries were nice, but the dark chocolate custard was delicious!

      • I was admittedly a little sad when I couldn’t scrap anymore out of the dish. I just stared at it, but I couldn’t justify getting anymore. I put the dish down and thought, “self control.” Haha! It was perfectly dark for me. I can’t do too dark or too sweet and this was just right.

        About chocolate though, my husband is kind of clueless when it comes to picking stuff like that out. He said something along the lines of if he had gone out to buy me chocolate it wouldn’t be healthy. And I told him that generally the more expensive stuff has better ingredients (no high fructose corn syrup or corn syrup). In any case, I told him it is okay to wait until tomorrow when all the Valentine’s candy goes on sale and he can get some expensive chocolate for a bit better price. Of course, I might have to go with to pick it out.

      • It is almost counterintuitive for people to realize that chocolate can actually be healthy! The darker and better quality the better, of course, and in moderation, but still. Getting some on sale today sounds like a great plan! Hope you help him pick out some tasty treats 🙂

  2. That’s a great looking salad! I’m always trying to find new ways to make salad. This one looks like something everyone would eat! hope you had a great Valentine’s Day!

    • Thanks Kathleen! I hope your family enjoys it. I am still working on getting my picky girl to enjoy different veggies, but unfortunately sweet potatoes are not making the cut. The shapes make it fun though, even for me, ha. Hope you had a good V day too!

  3. Look at you all fancy pants with your heart shapes! Love it! I love chocolate too, it is my fav part of V day as well 🙂
    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    Thanks for linking back to the Gluten Free Fridays post!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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