Before we jump right into this amazingly healthy salad recipe + 7 day eat real foods challenge . . .
Are you good at making big decisions, or are you the indecisive type? Making big decisions is hard for me while I'm thinking through them, but once I decide, it's smooth sailing. I very rarely look back. Once it's done, I always feel a million times lighter. Recently, I have been pretty quiet on the interwebs about my personal life, because I have been so wrapped up and weighed down by a big burden in my life.
For the past few months, I have been so sad leaving Emerson at daycare all day.
I want to be clear: this is not a feeling of guilt. I've had my fair share of inevitable #momguilt, but I don't feel guilty for loving my job or being professionally fulfilled as an anthropologist. I love the field of anthropology; studying people and their habits is totally fascinating! It truly is the greatest. But this, this feeling is me literally aching some days because I wish so badly I was with Emerson, getting to see her hit those milestones, teaching her new things, and just playing together. I know this is such a struggle so many mamas go through.
And then the cost of daycare.
When I added up daycare costs and realized how freaking expensive it is, it became more difficult to not want to be home with my kiddo full time, and put my career on hold. So, after much time spent wondering what to do, figuring out if we could make it work financially, and praying really hard, I'm making the leap and I'm going to stay home with her. I feel a million times lighter. I want to share this with you all because I know so many women go through this; after going back to work when she was six weeks old, and being a full-time working mom, I can truly say there is no right answer here. As mothers, we make the decisions we feel are best for our families. The grass may not always be greener, and I applaud ALL mamas, whether they stay home or work.
Now that THAT is off my chest, let's lighten things up with this delicious healthy salad recipe (which is a perfect lunch to take to work during the 7 day FREE EAT REAL FOODS challenge ;) )
You can put this healthy salad recipe in a jar for easy transport. Obsessed. I make them all on Sunday and have a bunch in the fridge to grab during busy week days!
Step-by-step for this Healthy Salad Recipe
First, julienne your carrots. This handheld spiralizer is my FAVORITE and so easy to use! Put the carrots in the bottom of a jar. Whip up some maple lemon tahini dressing for your healthy salad recipe. Pour the dressing on top of the carrots. Keep the dressing separate from the lettuce so the lettuce doesn't wilt in the jar. Put some cooked quinoa into your healthy salad recipe. Add in some (cooled) roasted sweet potatoes. Finally, top your healthy salad with lettuce, and voila!
Read more about how this salad will go perfectly with the FREE 7 day Eat Real Foods challenge!
Healthy Salad Recipe (perfect for work lunch, on-the-go, picnics, etc!) Makes 2 salads
Ingredients: 1 carrot, thinly sliced or shredded 1 cup quinoa, cooked 1 sweet potato, roasted 2 handfuls of the lettuce of your choice Maple-Tahini Dressing 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tsp coarse salt ¾ cup tahini paste 2 tablespoon lemon juice ¼ cup warm water 2 tsp chopped parsley Instructions:
- For the dressing, combine all ingredients into food processor and blend until desired consistency. Depending on your preference, you may add more water or lemon juice to thin it out.
- Cook the quinoa according to the package instructions. Let cool completely.
- Cube the sweet potatoes, toss in olive oil and salt + pepper. Roast the sweet potatoes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely.
- Once ingredients are prepped and cooled, layer the salad in the jar.
- Store in refrigerator until ready to eat during the 7 day eat real food challenge! (click below)
Recipe Inspired by Topwithcinnamon.com