Crisp, sweet pears, crunchy walnuts, creamy blue cheese flavor this deliciously, healthy salad with a fresh pear vinaigrette.
Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad is for my husband. Pears are his favorite fruit. He looks forward to pear season every year. So I decided to use his favorite fruit as an inspiration for my latest salad. I had to add my favorite cheese, blue cheese. When I’m making a salad, I try to have something crunchy, something sweet, something creamy or savory, and something acidic. You want to make the perfect bite with all those lovely taste sensations. The pears and cranberries provide sweetness, walnuts are crunchy, blue cheese is creamy and savory, and the dressing provides the acid. The lettuce ties it all together, a beautiful package of healthy food.
No matter how I try, my little one refuses to eat salad with lettuce. The crazy thing is, I think she really likes it, at least the salad dressing part. She sees lettuce and turns her little nose up in the air “Yuck”. I try putting her favorite ingredients in it. I’ve tried putting some salad dressing in a bowl and letting her “dip” the lettuce in. It’s all a non-starter. She flatly refuses to even try it anymore. I can’t really complain, she will eat a lot of food that is usually more “grown up”. Once she gets something into her head, it is very hard to change her mind. I wonder where she got her stubbornness from. (said tongue in cheek)
We have been on a big salad kick lately. I can throw whatever veggies we have in the refrigerator in the salad, whip up a dressing and we are set for dinner. I just keep the components separate for my little one and she will eat them, minus the lettuce. Salads seems to be helping keep me on track of my calorie goal and exercise program. I’ve also found a group of women that are trying to lose weight and get healthy. We are meeting once a month. It’s something I’ve never tried before and I’m looking forward to the support. It is so strange how dieting can feel easy for a couple of weeks then unexpectedly it can feel so hard. All of the sudden I feel like I am starving all the time. I feel like I am handling those times a little bit better lately. It helps to know I’ve got people to lean on. Now if I could only learn to love exercising. I do like to weight lift but I don’t love it. I hate aerobics and walking. I cannot run to save my life. I’ve tried Zumba, spin, walking with friends and lots more. I still don’t like it. I know it is good for me and I feel better after but I still don’t like it. Can you tell?
If you have found some techniques that help you exercise and stay on your diet, I would love to hear them. I love to learn about new ways to stay on track.
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Happy Healthy Eating,
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