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a classically trained chef taking holistic plant-based nutrition on a grand adventure through North America. When I’m not creating in our traveling kitchen, you can usually find me on my yoga mat or a hiking trail.

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This holiday season is turning out to be a busy one.  We are hosting at our new home with both sides of the family and are super excited to share the joy of Fitz's first Christmas.  I wish you all a very happy holiday and I hope this salad is a great addition to all of the festivities and I'll leave you with one of my favorite tips that helped me on the road but is also great for holiday parties.

My philosophy on life is always to enjoy.  For a healthy lifestyle to stick it can't come with too many sacrifices and you must find some balance that works for you.  One way I do this is start meals, especially of the "cheating" variety, with a big green salad.  Even if the rest of the meal turns towards the not so good at least you have gotten some nutrient dense goodness in.  It also helps you not to over indulge.  It can take up space so you are less tempted to get seconds on that big bowl of queso, stuff your face with fried foods, eat a dozen cookies or whatever your indulgences may be. 

Eat your yummy salad and then go enjoy life.  My recommendation- make this salad and carry it around with you.  Okay, kind of joking, but it does make a great addition to wherever you are invited this holiday weekend.  Enjoy!

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season,


Persimmon Pomegranate Salad with a Maple Mustard Dressing


2 tsp dijon mustard
2 tsp maple syrup
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil
5 oz mixed baby greens
1 Fuyu Persimmon, sliced
handful pomegranate seeds
1/2 cup pecans, toasted

1. Whisk or stir the first four ingredients together in a small bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Slowly drizzle olive oil in while stirring.

2. Toss the greens with dressing, to taste, you may not want all of it.

3. Top with persimmon slices, pomegranates and pecans.

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