Pretty Food: BLT Salad

Hello, and happy Monday!

Hope you enjoyed a fabulous weekend filled with family and fun. Is that even still allowed? Haha!

One thing that is still allowed (as far as I know) is beautiful and delicious food. We’ve gotta try to keep ourselves looking and feeling great so that when we can go out and do more, we’ll be ready, and rarin’ to go.

I have a fun dinner salad idea to share with you that fits the bill for my “Pretty Food” Category. I call it my BLT Salad. It’s very easy to make, which is always a bonus. It’s pretty to look at, pretty to eat, and helps us stay pretty. Yay!

For this salad I like to use Romaine Lettuce, or even a combo Romaine/Iceburg. For the salad dressing, my husband mixed up some Ranch Dressing using both sour cream and plain yogurt. We like to make our Ranch Dressing homemade so that we can control the salt content + adding yogurt is an extra healthy boost.

For the toppings I used chopped tomatoes, sliced avocados, and crispy bacon. Cook your bacon your favorite way. I like to put mine in the oven. It’s something new I’ve been doing and the bacon comes out really pretty and crispy.

For the top toppings I used some crumbled blue cheese and some crispy fried onions from a can. I know… but hey, just a few for flavor.

I served our salads with a boiled egg on the side and some whole wheat toast.

So simple, so easy to do, and so delicious.

I hope you’ll try it too!

What are your favorite dinner salad ideas? I’d love to hear. Feel free to comment!

Jfay

Over 50 and Fabulous Beauty Blogger + Avon Independent Sales Representative

Fun and healthy dinner idea.

Pretty Food: Grilled Salmon, plus Birthday Fun!

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you’ve enjoyed a fabulous weekend, I know I have!

I’ve really enjoyed my 56th birthday celebrations, which began Thursday evening and continued throughout the weekend.

My Son and his family treated me to a yummy BBQ dinner out on my actual birthday, Thursday, then Willie (Hunky Hubby), treated me to a grilled salmon dinner the next evening. I’ve been eating really good, I can tell you that!

I am so thankful to be here and feeling great to celebrate my 56th birthday. I had a little cake made up for myself at our local Atascocita, TX HEB. Their cakes are really super delish!

It’s (or it was…) dark chocolate cake with the whipped cream style icing. Not my usual “pretty food”, but it was worth the indulgence for my birthday!

The grilled salmon dinner though, is definitely pretty food by my own definition: It looks pretty, tastes pretty, and helps keep us pretty.

For the grilled salmon, my husband simply brushed each side of the salmon with extra virgin olive oil and then sprinkled on some of our own seasoning salt mixture ( sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder). He then grilled the salmon approx. 5-7 min each side. It’s really a fast and easy entree to make at home. You could even cook your salmon in the oven just as well.

We like to go to our local HEB to pick out our salmon so that we can see the freshness and choose the size fillets we’d like cut just for us. We also like to grill it that same day/evening.

For my birthday dinner sides, I chose corn cobbettes and a mixed baby green salad. I made a compound/flavored butter to go atop the cobbettes and salmon. I mixed in garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and oregano to softened butter that I had just let sit out for a bit. So easy to do, and it adds a great pop of flavor to a meal.

For the greens, I like a Spring Mix of baby greens. I do wash them myself even though they say they are pre-washed. We just drizzled our favorite Italian dressing across the greens, and dinner was ready!

If you follow my blog then you know that in addition to food being pretty and delicious, I also like easy prep, which I’m sure you do too.

I hope you enjoy a salmon dinner of your very own. It doesn’t have to be your birthday to enjoy this delicious and healthy meal.

And another delicious and healthy meal I promised to share with you was my version of a BLT Salad. I have not forgotten. I will post that very soon.

Okay gang! I’m off for now. My Paris themed makeup brushes should be arriving soon. I’m very excited to receive those and will take a pic or two to share with you. I hope you snagged a set for yourself too. C.3 is still going until Jan 19th, so two more days of C.3 specials, and then we’ll begin C.4. These Campaigns are flying by fast here already in the New Year!

Cheers!

Jfay

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Over 50 and Fabulous Beauty Blogger + Avon Independent Sales Representative USA

Home cooking, delicious, healthy, and easy dinner ideas.

Pretty Taco Salad with Pinto Beans and Guacamole

Hey everybody! How’s everything with you today? I hope you’re enjoying gorgeous weather like we are here in Southeast Texas.

Beautiful weather always makes me think about beautiful salads. How about you? I love coming up with all kinds of different salads. They’re really fun, and there are many different types. And not surprisingly, a favorite type around here is Taco Salad. Taco Salad’s are delicious, and very versatile. There are so many variation possibilities that they’re never boring to make (or eat). I can go with whatever I have on hand, or sometimes they are thoughtfully planned.

This particular Taco Salad that I made last week was a very quick and simple meal planned for the holiday week. When there is a lot going on, like during the holidays, I like to make sure that we’re still eating healthy, so it’s nice to have quick and easy (and healthy) options.

So, for this salad, I knew that I wanted to use pinto beans. I sometimes go with a black beans, those are a great choice as well, but this time I wanted to go with pintos, and also decided on using red onions for their sharpness. Green onions are also very good, as are white onions. So many fabulous choices! Now, for the pinto beans, I went with canned ones…. I know…. But this was for a holiday week night quick and easy meal, right? First, I drained the beans. You can rinse them also. I added water and my own seasonings to give them the flavor I’d like. I added garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and I have a seasoning combo blend of cilantro, garlic and lime. That was it! You could add chili powder to make them more of a chili bean flavor.

I made a small batch of fresh guacamole – See, I did make something from scratch! I used 1 avocado for me and Hubby to share. I also used 1 Campari tomato. I like to squeeze the juice from the tomato into the diced avocado and then dice the tomato itself and add that in as well. I sometimes add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and I sometimes add lime juice. It just depends on the flavor profile I am wanting. I also added the cilantro, garlic, and lime seasoning mix to this. You would not believe the flavor in this mixture. It’s fabulous and bright! It tastes like I added fresh cilantro, so that is a great time-saver right there. And voila’, a quick and easy guacamole to top my salad. Yay!

And of course we had to have some tomato. I used a medium vine ripe tomato, cut it in half and then sliced.

For the lettuce I used Romaine. I sometimes do a Romaine/Iceburg mix, so just whatever you prefer.

So, we’re ready to assemble our salads — But I forgot to mention that I added chicken fajita meat to my Husband’s salad. He wanted meat. No problem. I got some frozen chicken fajita strips (check the label for best ingredients), heated those up – fast and easy dinner night, remember? Okay, now we’re ready to assemble!

First comes the lettuce. I just eyeball the amount for each plate. I always give Hubby a bit more than me. πŸ™‚ I sprinkled shredded sharp cheddar cheese on top of the lettuce, then dropped pinto beans here and there around the salad. I cooked the pintos down while I was preparing the rest of the ingredients. I like for them to thicken up. I also let them cool just a bit before adding to the salad so all the greens will not be wilted.

Next, the sliced purple onions. These look really pretty and add a great pop of color as well as great flavor. I added the chicken fajita strips to Hubby’s (cooled a bit as well). I then placed the tomato slices around the salads. Looking great!

I always like to arrange tortilla chips (unsalted) all around the outside of a Taco Salad for a really nice presentation, so that’s what I did. I then added half the guacamole atop each salad, and popped a tortilla chip in the guacamole for a final touch.

I served each of our salads with a small bowl of our favorite salsa. We could then drizzle salsa on our salads and also dip our chips.

And there you have it! A very pretty (and easy) Taco Salad! Ta-da!

I am actually planning another salad for our dinner tonight. A BLT, blue cheese, with avocado, maybe a boiled egg? I’ll let you know how this one goes!

Here is an ingredient shopping list if you’d like to try my Pretty Taco Salad with Pintos and Guacamole (for 2):

Romaine Lettuce, or Iceburg and Romaine

1 Can Pinto Beans

Frozen Fajita Chicken Strips (Optional)

Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

1 Small Red Onion

1 Medium Tomato

1 Compari Tomato

1 Avocado

Tortilla Chips (Salted or Unsalted)

Your Favorite Salsa

Cilantro/Lime/Garlic Seasoning Blend

Cayenne Pepper

Garlic Powder

Cheers! I hope you enjoy!

Jfay

Pretty Food, Naan Pizza with Fresh Spinach

Hey everyone! How are you? Are you all ready for Christmas? I juuuust about am!

I thought I’d share some yumminess with you today. Do you love home cooking? Well, I am an avid home cook, and I really enjoy making fun, easy, and nutritious foods that I call “Pretty Food”. I’ve called pretty food “Pretty Food” for many years now and it is my reference to foods that look really pretty, taste really pretty, and help keep us really pretty (inside and out). How awesome is food like that?

To me, food is the main and basic building block to beauty. Eating foods that help keep us looking and feeling great is very important. So, I’ve decided to add a new category here on my beauty blog, called, (what else…) Pretty Food! Yay! I’ll share with you some of my favorite home cooked goodies that definitely check all the boxes required for me to call it a Pretty Food. πŸ™‚

I like to take some of our (Hubby and my) all-time favorites and give them a bit of a healthier twist. To me, eating healthy (er) doesn’t mean having to eat bland food. Not in the least. I still want my taste buds to jump for joy while my body is very happy to receive what I am gifting it.

So… first up, is a little Naan pizza with fresh spinach that I put together for us to enjoy. I love making Naan pizzas. They are so fun, so fast, and they can be really nutritious.

For this one I used extra virgin olive oil to coat the top of the garlic Naan bread. I then sprinkled a little garlic powder on top of that – I know, a lot of garlic since I began with a garlic Naan bread, but that’s how we roll over here. πŸ™‚ I then used a tri-blend of shredded hard Italian cheeses. My favorite consists of Parmesan, Romano, and Asiago cheeses. On top of that I added some diced Canadian bacon, sliced Campari tomatoes, and some fresh spinach. I then sprinkled all that with a bit more cheese. This time an Italian shredded cheese blend with softer cheeses, including Mozzarella, to top it off.

Baked it on 350 till it was melty, and it was done! Easy-Peasy!

I added a fresh greens salad mix drizzled with our favorite Italian dressing, and dinner was done. Look how pretty, with all the bright green and red. I thought it turned out quite festive, actually, for a great holiday-time quick and easy meal, and boy, was it delicious! I’ll definitely be making these again very soon.

I hope you enjoyed my first installment for the new Pretty Food Category, and I look forward to sharing much more with you.

Till next time, stay fabulous and follow your joy!

Jfay

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Over 50 and Fabulous Beauty Blogger + Avon Independent Sales Representative

Quick and easy healthy dinner idea.