Howdy, and happy Friday!
I was up at the b.c. of dawn this morning to cook on our local news station KCCI again. Steve Karlin and I whipped up a super healthy, super tasty, Superfood Salad!
Superfoods are foods that are so nutritious that they have positive impact on your health, like lowering cholesterol levels, and even helping to reduce the risk of some types of cancer. Here’s what I packed into my salad:
Quinoa: A complete protein which contains 8 essential amino acids. High in protein, fiber and gluten-free.
Pomegranate seeds: Pomegranate juice is extremely high in antioxidants. Three times higher than green tea and red wine!
Avocado: High in healthy fats that reduce bad cholesterol levels, and raise good cholesterol levels.
Black beans: Surprisingly high in antioxidants, and a great source of potassium and fiber.
Orange: High in vitamin C, which helps boost and support the immune system.
Red onion: High in antioxidants.
Cilantro: High in antioxidants, and also helps to reduce inflammation.
Corn: …sweet and looks pretty. ;)
The salad was drizzled with homemade Lemon Vinaigrette and topped with sauteed shrimp. I LOVE THIS RECIPE – the pom seeds really make it!
At any rate, I hope you have an absolutely terrific weekend, and without further ado, here is another roundup of my weekly favorites!
Favorite must-have: Coconuts Becky Riding Boots. I got these bad boys right before Christmas (hello free shipping) and have basically been living in them ever since. They are so comf!
Favorite indulgence: Monster Cookie Dough Dip. NEED THIS IN MY MOUTH!
Favorite DIY: Branch Photo Holder. I adore the rustic-romantic look of this.
Favorite view: Chicken Point Cabin in Northern Idaho. I don’t think I’d ever leave the house if I had a revolving wall that opened to a view like this!
Favorite bite: Buffalo Fries. Kind of like salt & vinegar fries, but better. Much, much better!
Favorite romantic getaway: Floating Dinner on Figi’s Turtle Island. Sigh. :)
Favorite workout: Jillian Michaels’ Jump Start Workout. Do each of 16 exercises for a full minute before moving onto the next. I love quick-yet-effective workouts like this!
Favorite jewelry: Hue-Kissed Cameo Necklace. This necklace is a perfect length, and I love the color. So Spring. :)
Favorite inspiration. I have decided that my future dream home is a log cabin. Ben says they’re too hard to finance, but I say where there’s a will there’s a way!
Favorite tip: Photography Cheat Sheet. Even after shooting with my DSLR (I have a Nikon D3000) for 2+ years, I still sometimes can’t keep everything straight in my mind. Printing this baby out for the fridge.
Favorite weeknight meal: Cheeseburger Salad. From the Pioneer Woman. ‘Nuff said.
Favorite retreat: Round About Deck. I know it’s early, but I’m already itching for patio season!
Favorite inexpensive art: Eighteen25’s Printable Subway Art. I found these ultra-adorable printouts via my sister-in-law’s blog.
Favorite bite: Pesto & Cream Cheese Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes. These would be such a hit at a party or shower.
Favorite kitchen must-have: Ceramic Produce Cartons. Aren’t these the coolest?!
Favorite sweet treat: Snickerdoodle Blondies. I have blondies way too infrequently, me thinks. Thinking I should change that, starting with this recipe!
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I love your Friday Favorites!!! You always find the coolest things!!! I can’t watch the video of my phone, so I’ll have to view it later!
WAY TO GO on tv. :) Another great job!
Love that Photography Cheat Sheet; I printed it right off, too!
Congradulations on the tv interview! I follow you faithfully great recipes and insights to Iowa life!
I live in a cabin we built from our timber in southern Iowa. Love it! such a warm and inviting nest to come home too. Wonderful now with the wood stove making me very cozy.
My husband sells log cabin kits he has bulit multiple cabins across Iowa.
Someday if interested in a viewing or just to check out.
Wolfcreekloghomes Terry Dudley
Fab faves as always! Love the boots, dinner on a floating dock, and the deck…
P.S. BIG congrats on your TV segment! I would be a nervous wreck :P
Alyssa Bradley 01.13.2012
The Monster Cookie Dip looks awesome! I love getting Monster Cookie Blue Bunny ice cream. Have you had the monster cookies from Smokey Row?
Iowa Girl Eats 01.17.2012
No! I imagine they are giant, buttery and chewy. Mmmm… :)
Emily @ The Swallow Flies 01.13.2012
I have to tell you how much I love your Friday Favorites posts – so fun! I missed you live this morning (I’m a WHO-TV girl), but the linked segment was awesome, and I can’t wait to try the salad! Thank you!
Michelle (Better with Berries) 01.13.2012
Love that necklace!! And those produce containers – so cute!
Great job on the news! Love the recipe. Just FYI- Chocolate Covered Katie has a cookie dough dip that is healthy… so you can eat it all you want!
Wow, great Friday Favorites! I pinned nearly all of them!
Those blondies look DELISH!!! But I gotta say, I’ve never understood how something can be called a snickerdoodle when there is no cream of tartar in it :/
I love, love, love Friday Favorites. Don’t stop with them!
Emily @LivingLongfellow 01.13.2012
Congrats on your debut today! That salad looks incredible! I also need to be on that floating island in Fiji right now. Oh ya, I’ve been eyeing those glass produce containers from anthro. for quite some time now.
I’ve made those blondies-they’re to die for!
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel 01.13.2012
I’m not even sure where to start! Congrats on the segment. :) That deck is insane. Jillian Michaels is the devil. And I am absolutely adding those fries to my snack board on pinterest. So fun. Have a great weekend. :)