This is a light and refreshing broccoli salad made without any mayo! I cut back on the amount of sugar and have to admit that I doubled the amount of bacon – but before you think I went overboard on bacon let me tell you that I still only used 2 slices of bacon! Ha, ha and here you thought I was being really bad! We loved the flavors of this salad but I must let you know that all of the “goodies” fall to the bottom of the dish.
Since it isn’t a very wet salad the ingredients don’t stay mixed, but don’t let that stop you from making it. Just dig deep to the bottom of the serving dish to get your fair share of bacon, toasted almonds, onions and dried cranberries. It has a lovely crunch, is slightly sweet and you get in a good size serving of a good for you green veggie!
Broccoli Bacon & Toasted Almond Salad
4 cups broccoli florets (about 1 head)
1/4 cup thinly vertically sliced red onion
1/4 cup (1-inch-thick) slices red bell pepper
1/4 cup craisins
2 1/2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 center-cut bacon slice, cooked and crumbled (drained) (used 2 slices)
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar (used less than half this amount)
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine vinegar, sugar, and oil in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk to combine. Pour vinegar mixture over broccoli mixture; toss gently to coat. Chill
Yield: 6 Servings
Serving Size: Approx 3/4 cup
Nutritional Information Per Original recipe I didn’t have time to calculate my changes.
Amount per serving Calories: 84, Fat: 3 g, Saturated fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated fat: 1.9g, Polyunsaturated fat: 0.6g, protein: 2.6g,Carbohydrate: 13.5, Fiber: 2.1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Iron: 0.6mg, Sodium: 84mg, Calcium: 35mg WWPP 2
Recipe Adapted From Cooking Light
Saying Good bye
So many of my favorite bloggers have decided to stop blogging. It makes me sad as I will miss their presence in the blog sphere. At the same time I understand their reasons for stopping. You sometimes wonder if you have anything left to blog about, it takes a great deal of time and energy to keep a blog going and you don’t get paid for it. Helen, Karen, Jenn and Leslie thank you for your contributions to the healthy living blog sphere and blessings to you all as you move forward with other adventures in your life.
Living life in the fast lane
Life is crazy busy here right now with the wedding just weeks away. We are still waiting to hear from the insurance company about the settlement for the totaled car and what they are going to pay for the leaking plumbing pipe damage in our house! We are waiting until after the wedding to make the household repairs. I have no time right now to pick out carpet, paint and new counter tops.
Last week was so stressful and my routine was turned upside down which resulted in very little exercise or cooking real meals. I didn’t track my food which isn’t good for me. I do so much better when I enter my food into My Fitness Pal. Seeing it all add up through out the day helps me keep things at a reasonable amount and stops me from engaging in eating just for the fun of it! As a result of lack of exercise and more food than I needed, the scale shows a 3 pound weight gain! It comes back so much easier than it drops off.
This week has been a little better. Katy and I managed to get to Costco yesterday and stock up on fruit,veggies and some pre made foods like Amylu chicken burgers. We need some quick and easy meal options right now. This week I have gotten in some walks, (although my foot continues to swell each day) started tracking my food again, been drinking plenty of water and hope to see a better number on the scale next week.
This weekend we are having a trial run with our wedding day hair styles and make-up. That is going to be so much fun. I can’t say for sure if there will be time (or energy) to post again before the wedding. We are on the final countdown and still have things to get accomplished before out of town guests arrive. It will be a fun, exciting few weeks ahead. We are so going to need a vacation after all of this excitement. I think the parents of the bride need a second honeymoon!
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
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Broccoli – love it or hate it?
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