Eating Healthy Made Easier

I read this quote the other day, and it was like a giant bell went off in my head.

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It really can be that simple.  And its so very true. Wish I had found this a few months back when I was bathing suit shopping! {If you are new to Purple Eggplant, you can read about my battle with the B-Word here}.

I don’t know about you, but the biggest deterrent for me to follow through on eating healthy is not being organized.   A work from home momma, I feel I should be way more organized than I am around here when it comes to meal planning. But I am not. I am now accepting and at peace that is my reality, so I am working with it ! Solution focused thinking here I come.

I want to be successful, so I had to come up with a plan.

Lying in bed one night last week, I realized my over thinking tired brain was actually being productive! I am going to try what I am now dubbing “the at home salad bar“.  Sounds fun, and for me if something is fun and has a theme, I am even that much more likely to do it.

Outreaching to our Purple Eggplant Facebook followers and friends, we put together a pretty super list of items that could be used in an at home salad bar:

  • Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers snap peas
  • Red onion
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Goat cheese
  • Low fat brick cheese
  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Walnuts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Dried cranberries
  • Beansprouts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Avacado
  • Almonds
  • Olives
  • Chickpeas
  • Quinoa
  • Beets
  • Grapes
  • Feta
  • Crispy noodles
  • Mushrooms
  • Pineapples
  • Baby spinach
  • Assorted lettuce greens
  • Green onions

{the possibilities are seriously endless}

The great thing about this list is if you don’t end up using it all in salads and don’t want it to go to waste, you can make a stir fry, mango bean salad, fajitas, or spaghetti sauce…and you’ve already saved yourself the chopping time!

Off to the grocery store I went armed with my list. I love unpacking such a healthy bag of groceries!

unpacking the groceries

I then got organized with the needed containers {and have to admit these are brand new. I have never nor will I ever have this many matching container/lid combos!}

the containers

…and then I got to chopping {and my veggie monster snuck in for some irresistible fruit and veggies!}.

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It really is a beautiful thing!

almost done

The at home salad bar is ready to go.

Healthy eating made easy!

ready to rock

We would love to hear how YOU make healthy eating a little easier?

jay2

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Friday Finds: Free Printable from the Idea Room & Summer Fresh Bean Salad Recipe

Summer is in the air here in Ottawa today and my C and I got to celebrate the sunshine and warmth with Purple Eggplant Mel’s kiddos.

kiddos

And I am lucky enough to take full advantage of this sun by spending the evening outside tonight at a BBQ.   Something about having snow for so many months of the year that makes days like this that much sweeter.

I was in need of a pot luck item and a hostess gift and thought, hey, this would make a great Friday Find !

Before summer BBQs and parties get into full swing, we have a brilliant idea from the Idea Room to share with you…and a Summer Fresh Bean Salad recipe of our own!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes, I see all these super wicked hostess gifts on Pinterest, but never get around to actually making one. This is one that will be your go to – or at least it will be mine this summer ! So simple, adorable and brilliant ! You need only 5 supplies and it comes with a free printable. Check out the Homemade Lemonade printable and summer hostess gift from the Idea Room here.

It comes together so nicely ! Hmmmm…But I think I need to pick up some yellow chevron ribbon !  I always feel a sense of fulfillment when I actually put my pins to use!

lemonade kit assembled

I was lucky enough 2 summers ago to taste the yummiest summer salad prepared by Purple Eggplant Mel.

Have a look…

salad close up

Delish right?

Pulling together these simple, seasonal and fresh ingredients will make you the hit of any backyard summer party. And your body will thank you too ! We at Purple Eggplant are thinking more and more about eating healthy and whole foods, and this fits right in.

What you need:

1/2 red pepper chopped
1/2 yellow pepper chopped
1/2 orange pepper chopped
1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
2 fresh limes squeezed
1 cup of mangos diced
1 1/2 cup of black beans
1 avacado diced
salt and pepper to taste

mix it all together and you have the perfect summer salad !

salad

{ do they make cute portable salad bowls? all I have is this plain one. If you know where I can find one, I would love to know ! }

Do you have a go to hostess gift, or a favored pot luck item ? We’d love to hear about them !

jay2

Cookies IN a Cupcake – say what!?

i recently discovered this gem of a recipe while having my daily pinterest fix. have i disclosed my addiction yet? if not, “hi im jay and i am supremely addicted to Pinterest“. the recipe was posted by Picky Palette and is delcious (lots of creative and yummy recipes over there!)  i’m into cupcakes lately – mostly because i have this new icing set that i like to play with !

because this recipe is so yummy, i have been asked to make these again, and again, and again. but i’m a busy momma and dont have time to whip up cupcakes and cookie batter and icing upon request! now, what drew me to this recipe in the first place is that the first recipe ingredient was a box of yellow cake mix – already making this a super easy recipe. but get this, i have adapted this recipe to make it even speedier.

your ingredients:

  1. follow the recipe for cupcakes found here
  2. pillsbury cookie dough (just open the pack and stuff a tbsp in !)
  3. duncan hines chocolate or cream cheese frosting (spoon into piping bag and your ready to go)

it’s that easy.

yum

jay2

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