Gluten Free, gluten free diet, Recipes

Broccoli Apple Salad

It’s difficult to stay healthy while your pregnant, and as I am finding out, even more so when you are pregnant with a girl.  This little girl is very picky with the foods she allows me to eat and most of them tend to be sweets.  I like to joke that my son was grown on Mexican food.  Not so much with this one.  She barely let’s me eat Mexican.  I have had times when I have put together a whole bowl of taco salad together and from just the smell alone I know that I won’t be able to eat it.  *sigh*  Meal planning has become very difficult because there’s a lot of food that sound and look really good, but I’m always worried that when I’m done making the meal I won’t want to touch it.

But, there are times when I do crave raw fruits and veggies.  So when I came across this recipe, it looked really good and I thought we could give it a try.  To be honest, I was slightly nervous about making it.  In the past we had tried a cucumber salad recipe from pinterest and it was an epic fail.  I don’t know if I misread the measurements or what, but it tasted awful!  Thankfully this one turned out really good!  Everyone else really likes it and baby approves.  And that’s really all that matters!

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Broccoli Apple Salad
Ingredients
4 cups of broccoli
2 large apples
1/2 cup of matchstick carrots
1/2 cup of dried cranberries
1/4 cup chopped red onions
1/2 cup of pecans
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
1/2 cup of Greek yogurt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar

Directions
– Start with your veggies and dry ingredients.  I just bought a bag of pre-chopped broccoli florets.  I’ve bought and chopped the whole head before, but this is just so much easier and faster!  All I did was chop some of the large pieces into smaller pieces and remove any long stems.  Slice your two large apples into bite-sized pieces.  Chop the red onion (I only needed to use about a third of one).  Combine in a large bowl.  Add the carrots, cranberries and pecans and mix together.

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– In a second bowl mix your sauce.  Combine the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, salt, pepper and sugar.  Mix well.
– Add your sauce into the large bowl with your fruits and veggies.

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– Mix all together.  And voila!  Yes, it really is that easy.  The majority of my time was spent chopping and that really didn’t take that long.

I had been craving raw fruits and veggies so much that I had like a whole bowl full of this salad!  It was so good!  My son even got in on the action.  I had sliced some of the apple pieces without the sauce into smaller pieces and cut off the peels.  After having to persuade him to try a piece (he has refused to eat raw apples for a while, he only likes applesauce from a pouch) he downed a little bowl’s worth.  I was so ecstatic!  Recently he has been doing much better trying new foods and eating big people’s food with us.  Another mom-win for me!

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