Welcome to Simply Satisfied! This blog is dedicated to making the world of food less overwhelming and more appetizing for beginners. I am no master chef but I love to cook, and more importantly I love food.
My inspiration to start cooking began with my mom. She’s a talented woman in (and outside) of the kitchen. She taught me the importance of buying fresh ingredients, to embrace new flavours, and to cook for the people you love.
I love learning from my mom, but because I’m a student on a budget I had to come up with a few tools of my own.
Buy fruits & veggies based on the season
Buying in season saves you money and guarantees fresh meals delivered to the table. Luckily for us, our warm September means strawberry season is still here.
My first post features my favourite summer meal, a healthy salad loaded with fresh fruit. It’s a lighter option for lunch or dinner and has plenty of alternatives to suit your needs.
Use recipes as a guideline and let your creativity flow
Recipe: Strawberry pecan summer salad
(Photo courtesy of I Wash You Dry)
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 6 oz spring mix
- 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries, stems removed
- 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
- 1 avocado cut into squares
- 1/2 cup sliced cucumbers
- balsamic vinaigrette
- Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add pecans and brown sugar, stirring to coat. Cook over medium heat until the sugar begins to stick and caramelize (about 3 minutes). Spread out pecans on a baking sheet to cool.
- In a salad bowl layer the spinach leaves, strawberries, avocado, cucumbers, goat cheese and pecans. Add the dressing when ready to serve.
Alternatives & Suggestions:
- Goat cheese is my favourite but feta is a great alternative – use what you prefer.
- This salad can be substituted with any leafy greens (spinach, arugula, kale).
- Add in any extra fruit for extra flavour – try apple or pear.
- Feeling adventurous? Try making your own dressing. My favourite is honey poppy seed dressing or strawberry balsamic vinaigrette .
- If on a time crunch or not up to making your own dressing, any balsamic, oil and vinegar, or poppy seed dressing from the store will still taste great.
- My final suggestion: make extra candied pecans! If you have a sweet tooth like me, they make the perfect snack and make a great holiday gift.
I would love your feedback. Let me know how you made your salad, if it satisfied your taste buds, or add suggestions in the comment box for me to try.