Thursday, February 24, 2011

Orange Honey Balsamic

"At some point you have to make a decision. Boundaries don't keep other people out, they fence you in. Life is messy thats how we're made. So you can waste your life drawing lines, or you can live your life crossing them."

How often do you go out to a restaurant and love the dressing on your salad? This happens to me ALL the time! Now that spring will be here in 3 weeks I need to whip my butt into shape so I can wear sun dresses all day without a second thought. Since I bought walnuts for my tofu banana bread, I decided to make a spring salad with apples, walnut and chicken. For the dressing I made an orange honey balsamic dressing. Yum-O.

Can you tell which one is Chris's? I think boys need more protein in their lunches!
Fresh Apples, Walnuts, Spring Greens, Chicken and Homemade Dressing!

Orange Honey Balsamic Dressing:
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2 teaspoons honey

Wisk all ingredients together until the honey dissolves. This recipe also called for 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard - which I didn't have in my fridge so I omitted. I tasted and loved without so ha! If you are packing your salad for lunch, pour the dressing in the bottom of the container before layering your ingredients. It prevents your salad from being soggy. Just toss together when you are ready to eat!

I packed one for Chris' lunch too. I should earn the loving girlfriend award of the year. Just sayin'. I had a slice of tofu banana bread this morning for breakfast and a slice as a snack. It is that good! Get my recipe here. I might have to make another batch next week because I still have 1/2 a pound of silken tofu to use! I never knew how cheap tofu was either! 2 bucks for a pound.

If you are vegan, or want to dip your toes into the water and try it out for a day/week/become a lifer I found a few good smart phone apps for you to check out when I was researching tofu/vegan recipes.

Vegan Recipe Finder
This app contains more than 13,000 recipes submitted by users, which means you can submit your favorite recipes for the app as well. Almost like a {mini-recipe-blog}. The app features a grocery list for each recipe, which makes shopping (especially last-minute shopping) a whole lot easier, and you can share recipes via e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter.

Have you ever looked at an ingredients list in a store and wondered if some item was in fact an animal product? I know during Vegan week that was the most common hardship for some of you! Well the Animal-Free app takes the guess work out of vegan grocery shopping. The app lists common and hidden animal ingredients, as well as vegan ingredients.

iLocate - Vegan Restaurants
This app is awesome for vegans who like to try new restaurants but don't want to have to spend a lot of time researching vegan options. You can search by zip code or city, and a map will show you all the vegan eateries nearby. It's also great if you travel a lot and want to be able to have a list of vegan restaurants in any city at your fingertips. Perfect for traveling.


At work today I learned that Chipotle is offering a BOGO {buy one, get one} for watching a video about America's Next Great Restaurant. If you plan on being lazy like me tonight, go here - watch - and print your coupon! Now I have no reason not to stay at the gym after spin class for an extra hour! I have a feeling me and a burrito bowl will become best friends tonight. I found a Chipotle nutrition calculator online, calculate your bowl's calories here. Mine was 640 which isn't too bad considering I had a salad for lunch and am spending an extra hour at the gym. {see how i am justifying my need for a burrito bowl}.

Interesting Chipotle Facts:
Chipotle is the largest restaurant buyer of avocados in the country.
Chipotle food is NUT and EGG free. The only dairy is in the cheese and sour cream.

Foods at Chipotle have no artificial colors or artificial flavorings.
30% of Chipotle beans are organic. They strive to make this number rise.
The cheese and the sour cream at Chipotle is free of the synthetic growth hormone rBGH.

Source: Chipotle's website


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  1. mmmm chipotle- so delish and as always love the quote girl xoox

  2. i could live off of chipotle! it never gets old!

  3. OOH I love chipotle its so amazing and I love how fresh their ingredients are, def my favorite fast food... Im craving it now :)

  4. I love those smart phones apps! Now I just need a smart phone to go along with it... haha :)

  5. Chipotle is so so delicious! Best guacamole ever!

  6. Oh that dressing looks awesome. I am going to make it tonight! Thanks for the recipe!!

  7. @Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking
    Your Welcome! I like tasting it before I put it on my salad just to make sure it isnt too sweet! this turned out just right though!

  8. @Sophia @ Raven Waves
    agreed! did you print out your BOGO? we printed out two from different e-mails. hello weekend :)

  9. I haven't had chipotle in forever! I wish I would've seen this last night :( You could make chocolate pudding or a smoothies with your silken tofu!

  10. the coupon is good until thursday!

  11. We just got a chipotle-i haven't gone yet, thanks for the facts!

  12. I love Chipotle for those reasonS!

    Thanks for the info on the apps I was in need of some new ones :) Have a great weekend

  13. @LifeasKristina
    If you go before thursday you can use your buy one get one coupon! W might appreciate it ;-)

  14. @Nichole
    Aw Yay! Hope you have a fabulous weekend too!!

  15. just found your blog and absolutely love it!! and i just printed out the BOGO:) love love love chipotle. now all i have to do is make sure i go for my extra long run tomorrow! justification, check.

  16. What a wonderful dressing recipe! I see you're in Annapolis - I lived in Baltimore last year. LOVED visiting Annapolis - such a cute place.

  17. @Courtney
    yes! are you still in Maryland? I am originally from howard county! I work in Baltimore though!

  18. @Euniece Santiago
    Ha! Yay! I am glad you found me! I just ate there again today, I think I could eat my weight there... haha

  19. o0o0o I've gotta try I-locate for vegan restaurants ! Love your blog btw :)

  20. @brittfit
    Thanks! I am glad I found you too!! I love apps, I don't know how people managed without them before!

  21. Such a great quote! Can't wait to download some of these apps :)

  22. Glad to have found your blog you are so pretty! I definitely need to look into these apps :)

  23. Your dressing recipe sounds delicious! I'm a bit of a dressing fiend...I get so excited when I discover a new one that I love!

  24. @Sara @ Nourish and Flourish
    same! i purposefully look for new ones that i can try! i am half tempted to ask for recipes at restaurants!

  25. Thanks for the vegan App i'm DLing it right now!!!!!