In the last year or so I have found myself really enjoying various kale salad kits. There is something to be said for opening up the bag and dumping the greens in a bowl versus washing, de-stemming and chopping your own (especially with a new baby!). I also like how they typically include other greens such as cabbage, radicchio, shaved brussels sprouts or shredded broccoli stalks.
Lately, I have really been enjoying the “sweet kale” kit that come with pepitas, dried cranberries and poppyseed dressing. Several different brands make spins on this blend including Taylor Farms, Earthbound Organic, ALDI and Fresh Express.
Now, you guys know that I’m all about the toppings so I have a hard time leaving these salad kits alone. I like to “doctor them up” by adding additional ingredients and then I stick the leftovers in the fridge for an easy lunch the next day or two.
This was the Taylor Farms sweet kale salad kit and to it I added…
- Straight from the Root prepackaged diced sous vide butternut squash
- Love Beets diced fully cooked beets
- One avocado, diced
And if you want more protein, top your salad with any leftovers you have on hand like grilled chicken or baked salmon, or try something simple like salmon or tuna salad or sliced turkey from the deli.
Other yummy mix-in ideas include…
- fresh berries like strawberries or blueberries
- feta or goat cheese
- diced fresh tomatoes
- diced cucumbers
- sliced radishes
- more nuts or seeds
- and much, much more!
Hope that gives you some meal inspiration for the upcoming week! Now for some recent eats.
I’ve been all about overnight oats and coffee for the last few days.
My overnight oats blend is a simple one of plain homemade yogurt, almond milk, oats and diced banana soaked overnight. Topped with berries and almond butter the next day. I’ve also added a sprinkle of granola and some honey on some days.
I’ve been back on salads for the last week. I’ve eaten the kale salad you see in the photos above as well as spinach salads. This one was chopped spinach, grapes, tomatoes and salmon salad made with canned wild Alaskan salmon, toasted pecans, dried cranberries, plain yogurt and mayo.
Before leaving Charlotte I made several meals out of this fresh rosemary pasta with meatball marinara sauce that a friend dropped off from Pasta & Provisions. Salad and focaccia on the side.
On my first night in Florida my dad made a dinner that’s different for me but was very delish! It was pierogis with pan-fried sausage. I had a salad on the side. The sausage was from a local place in Cordele, Georgia that my mom like to stop at when she’s driving through on her way to NC.
Tacos made with leftover grilled chicken, corn, rice, cheese, crema, salsa and avocado.
And this dinner was a favorite of mine that my dad made when I was growing up. He offered to make it for me this week and it is ultimate comfort food! Pan-fried cube steak with homemade gravy over rice and fresh peas on the side.
Homemade buttermilk biscuits on the side. My dad offered to do a homemade biscuit tutorial for the blog. What do you guys think? He says you have to commit to using real butter and buttermilk. 😉 But look at those layers! His homemade biscuits are heavenly.
I won’t ETC today because I’m still on the ice cream train and you know what that looks like!
What’s one of your favorite meals/dishes that your family made growing up?
Are you a biscuit lover? If so, do you like them plain with butter and/or jelly or made into a sandwich?
Homemade biscuit recipe please!!!
We will share it!
Yes! Please share a biscuit tutorial.
Your dad’s cooking looks so good!
Glad you’re back in Florida with people who love and support you.
Me too. <3
I’d love a biscuit tutorial! Your sourdough tutorial is one I still reference regularly when making bread! I find it so helpful, I’ve shared it with others!
This is great to hear! Thank you Katie! I’m glad it works well for you and I appreciate you sharing it with others.
Yes to a dad tutorial!!
We will work on it!
Yes, always up for more biscuit recipes! My current favorite comes from “Taste of the South” magazine, which I think both you and your parents might enjoy! They’ve redone their look in the last year or so and it’s nice to have both new recipes and new restaurant recommendations in such a pretty format. The first one I picked up was because of the delicious looking biscuits on the cover 🙂
Thanks for the recommendation Diane! We will be sure to check it out!
Biscuit tutorial please. You are doing a great job. Keep it up.
Thank you so much Linda!
Pictures of your Dad’s food always makes me so hungry. ? Sometimes nothing can beat Southern comfort food!
I agree, there is nothing like southern food!
My mom made cube steak too! She would make homemade French fries with it and I would dip both in ketchup. With my Hungarian background we had a lot of stuffed cabbage, peppers and goulash! We also had pierogis! Yes to the biscuit tutorial! We only had biscuits on holidays or special dinners.
Just wanted to add that Finn is beyond precious and as always your food is beyond delish!
Lisa – I have a Hungarian background as well on my dad’s side! My grandmother used to make stuffed cabbage. I loved it!
Thank you for the kind words on Finn + food!
I love it when you show us your Dad’s food! Yes please to biscuits and anything else he wants to share with us. I love Finn’s shark pjs. He is so cute.
Aw, thanks! He’s a great cook. I will let him know on the biscuits!
I LOVE biscuits. I prefer them plain because they are just so dang good on their own.
Growing up, I loved when my mom made her homemade chili, which was more of a soup because it was a brothy soup. I also loved her homemade sloppy joes and homemade chow mein. What a combo, huh? Ha!
That’s interesting that your mom made her chili more like a soup! I love your other combo of foods…sloppy joes and chow mein! That’s great.
Yes please to the biscuits! I have been wanting to make my own, but I’m thinking it’ll go as well as homemade pie dough usually does (not well!!). We love butternut and a drizzle of honey on our biscuits!
Haha, I struggle with pie dough too so I feel you.
A biscuit tutorial would be awesome! My childhood faves are spaghetti, lamb chops, and roasted chicken! Mmmmm
I will let him know! I also love my dad’s homemade spaghetti!
Yaaaas biscuits! I will eat them all of the above ways, plus they are good for “sopping up” any sauce or syrup on your plate during a meal. My grandad used to make homemade biscuits a lot, he always said it was the only thing he could make really well. I don’t think they were buttermilk, though, but they were still good!
When I was growing up, my mom made legit chicken pot pie. Not the stuff with the cream of chicken/mushroom soup. She would boil and then shred an entire chicken, then roast that with vegetables (potatoes, carrots, peas, onions) and add puff pastry on top. I honestly think the only seasoning was salt and pepper. It was soooo good!
That chicken pot pie sounds incredible!!! And yes to “sopping up” and love that term!
I support the call for a biscuit tutorial! I love them, but don’t know how to do the flaky layered kind your dad makes. A top comfort food in my family would be Hungarian chicken and dumplings. I went through a major comfort food phase after having a baby (I wanted All The Borscht, lol), but now I’m craving salads again and love the ideas you posted.
We are going to make the biscuit tutorial happen! And your Hungarian chicken and dumplings comfort food sounds SO GOOD!
I love biscuits so much I named my puppy Biscuit! ?
Would love a tutorial!
This comment made my day!
I love biscuits every which way – but my fave is with jam (preferably homemade – that’s my favorite souvenir to pick up – we were just in London and brought back Victoria plum jam and black currant jam!) or honey or apple butter! I like sandwiching leftover ham in a biscuit with a thin layer of apple butter!
I like a good salty biscuit with a nice sweet jam!
Would love you see your dad’s tutorial!
I am also a HUGE fan of good jam with biscuits and really any yummy homemade bread-type thing. I also love apple butter.
We are working on the tutorial!
Fresh pasta … pierogies … you are living the dream!! I love crumbled gorgonzola w salads and chopped red cabbage
You need to put on a retreat w yoga classes & sourdough lessons!!!
Haha – love that suggestion for the retreat!
Yes please do the biscuit tutorial!
Glad you enjoyed more family Florida time! I made a one-pan dinner recently of pierogis, sausage and fresh green beans. Easy and turned out well. Was clearing the freezer and refrigerator when I didn’t want to go to the store lol. You and Finn are precious!
ME TOO! It’s been amazing. That one-pan dinner sounds so interesting and I hear you on those freezer clean out meals!
Please DO with the biscuit recipe. As a northerner, I had no idea how good biscuits are until I lived in NC. Now that I’m back up north, there aren’t any good biscuits to be found. I’ve tried 2 recipes and they weren’t bad, but definitely weren’t the fluffy, buttery perfection I knew in the south!
We are going to work on it tomorrow!
I think any time your dad offers a tutorial for anything, we will probably be all in favor of it. 🙂 Biscuits are one of life’s great pleasures. I love them plain with butter, but I’ll add a drizzle of honey sometimes, too. Happy to see you and Finn getting to enjoy more beach and family time!
My favorite thing to do with that sweet kale salad kit is roast it! Toss the veggies in olive oil, salt, pepper and a little balsamic and roast at 400 for 10-15. Then drop the dried berries and pepitas on the warm pan to soften. Then I top it with goat cheese because why not? 😉
Yes to Dad!
Would love your dads biscuit recipe