Monday, October 4, 2010

A Seasoned Lunch

Hello!  I hope you all had a great weekend and a lovely Monday.  I’m late posting today because we had a busy morning.  Stroller Strides, was offering a free class today as it’s kickoff to fall event.  (The first one outside here in 3 1/2 months since it’s been so hot.)  For those of you not familiar, Stroller Strides is an exercise class that you do with your child in the stroller.  It is typically outside, and a combination of jogs, exercise bands, and things like walking lunges, or push ups, etc.  Ava and I went to that and then stayed for the raffle and snacks afterwards.  I had tried this class once before and had forgotten not only what a great workout it is, but how fun it is!  I think I will sign up for a package where I can do a class occasionally.  We both had a great time.  Because we were out and in that direction, we hit up Whole Paycheck on the way home.  By the time we arrived home, it was noon, and we were both starving. 

Typically I don’t post my lunches because they don’t vary a whole lot.  It’s either an Asian type salad or a turkey sandwich.  Today I decided to make a slightly different salad with some of the ingredients I purchases at Trader Joe’s yesterday.

Canned Wild Pink Salmon, Honeycrisp apple, and the real star;  Blueberry Vanilla Goat Cheese


In addition, I added a little leftover cubed butternut squash, fresh fennel and spinach. Finished off with Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar and Extra Virgin Olive oil. 

I think this may have been one of my best combinations yet.  The apple and fennel were meant to be together and only added to the fall-esque flavor that the butternut squash added.  Summer was not forgotten entirely, because the goat cheese with blueberries added in that last bit of reminiscing summer’s fresh berries.

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There was crunch, there was creamy, salty, sweet, not to mention a rainbow of color and nutrients.  This filled me up without weighing me down.  (I might have had some Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt to satisfy my sweet tooth.) 

Now I’m off to make some Rice Krispie treats.  Maybe I’ll throw in some candy corn to ‘season’ them. 


  1. Wow---I wish I could have had that lunch with you! Chevre is my favorite and I am beyond jealous that you found that blueberry-vanilla version at Trader Joes! Perfect for salmon and I love your addition of fennel for crunch! I hope you post the rice krispie treats! I have a Honey Crisp dessert planned tonight--totally inspired by you! Happy Monday :)

  2. Rice crispy treats with candy corn sound incredible!!

  3. I've never had blueberry-vanilla goat cheese. Now I'm curious. Beautiful salad!

    I've always wanted to take a "stroller class," but I never got around to it, and now the toddler has outgrown his stroller... Glad you and Ava had fun!

  4. That goat cheese looks scrumptious!!! I have had cranberry goat cheese and it tasted like dessert!! So I can only imagine what your goat cheese tastes like:):)
    Oh how I wish I lived near a Trader Joes or a Whole Foods!
    Have a great week:)

  5. That looks gorgeous. Somehow I have never noticed that cheese before despite frequently spending far too much time at any cheese section in any grocery store. I love salmon and apples together. It is truly one of my favorite flavor combos because I find the sweetness and tartness of the apples is genius with the savoriness of the salmon.

  6. How much was that can of pink salmon? We might be making a trip to Trader Joes soon and I want to stock! I pay ~2.50 for a 7 oz can right now from Meijer (Wild Alaskan)

  7. What a salad! Yum!
    I didn't know there were stroller classes! I love it! How fun!

  8. oh this is my favorite kind of salad. Love the sweet crunchy flavors. I always buy their canned salmon since its wild caught but dang, its $$!

  9. Stroller Strides sounds like so much fun!
    I really wish there was a TJs near me. This was the second time today I read about TJs Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar... sounds delicious.