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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Spinach Salad with Oranges

Happy New Year!!!! 

How many of you are starting today?  I bet many of you are!  Good luck, happy losing!

 It is citrus season and what better way to enjoy the seasons fruits while on VLCD.  We can enjoy the fresh lemons, oranges and grapefruits while in Phase 2 so take advantage of it!  Try the Broiled Grapefruit for dessert, add lemon to your salads, and teas.  Add a peppered grilled sirloin, chicken or shrimp to the top of this salad.  Double the dressing and cook your meat in it for a nice fresh and tender result.  Salads are easy to bring along on the go, we under estimate how good salads can be, don't get into a rut...change it up and keep it new and exciting.  It makes the time pass more quickly, gives you a focus and keeps your imagination active.
I have made this and it is fantastic!  I have not photoed it yet, but will soon and will update...

Spinach Salad with Oranges
1/2 of a  (10 ounce) package fresh spinach
1 orange, peeled, segments and chopped bite size
2 green onions, sliced
2 TB cilantro, chopped

Dressing/ Marinade:
2-4 TB water (mix in 2 and if too strong that add until it is your taste)
1 TB apple cider vinegar
1 tsp Bragg's Liquid Aminos
1/4 tsp stevia (Valencia Orange is good but plain is ok too)
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp celtic sea salt
fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

In a salad bowl toss the spinach and oranges and herbs, set aside.  In a small bowl whisk the vinegar, Bragg's, stevia, onion powder, salt and pepper until mixed well. Pour water in and whisk, taste and add more water if desired. Pour over spinach and oranges, serve with grilled peppered beef, chicken or shrimp.  Make additional dressing and cook your meat in it or use as a marinade!

Phase 3/4:  Use a healthy olive oil, grape seed oil or coconut oil in lue of the water for dressing.  Add additional veggies to the salad, bell peppers, red onion, brocolli florets, snow peas, etc...  I think a few drops of sesame oil would be really good too.

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