Friday, April 22, 2011

On The Lighter Side

The sun is shining! The sun is shining! The sun is shining!

There is beautiful, blue sky behind puffy, white clouds. 

The majority of the snow from earlier in the week is melted away. 

It is windy as heck, but it still feels like Spring.

I am happy. Very happy.

Until I think about my winter weight gain (or is it a year-round weight gain?) and how nothing that I own for Spring and Summer fits. That isn't happy. Not at all.

It is time to take advantage of this sun and have some fun moving outside. 

It is time to lighten up a little while still enjoying fabulous meals. 

Filling up with healthy, whole grains and vegetables, fruits, and lean protiens.

Taking advantage of fresh (fresh veggies...fresh fruits...fresh air) and making an effort toward good choices (the Cadbury Eggs are still not winning).

(adapted from Cooking Light)

2 cups cooked bulgur, prepared according to package directions
1 cup frozen shelled edamame (green soybeans)
1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
4 tablespoons chives, snipped
4 tablespoons green onions, chopped
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Prepare bulgur according to package directions. (My Hodgson Mill bulgur brought water to boil, added bulgur, and simmered.)
Cook edamame in boiling water 3 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain.
Whisk lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper together in a serving bowl.
Add the herbs to the dressing.
Add edamame, tomatoes, and bulgur to the dressing.
Toss well.
Let stand at room temperature 1 hour before serving.
(Salad keeps well for a week of easy lunches...just squeeze a little fresh lemon juice over each serving to brighten the flavors. Also, may consider only adding tomatoes to the daily serving, as they tend to get mushy when refrigerated.) (Serves 6)

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