Warm Sweet Potato and Pear Winter Salad

While many of you may have finally ventured out into the snowy conditions today, I’m assuming there are still quite a few of you curled up on the couch who refuse to bundle up, shovel off your cars, and brave the questionable roads.

Even though snow days were the highlight of our childhoods, they don’t hold the same excitement in adulthood. You are quarantined inside your house, forced to perform excessive manual labor if you want to flee, and will most likely end up getting snow in unwanted places, no matter how many layers you put on before heading outside.

And although sometimes it’s nice to lay around all day and have nothing to do, those of us who are trying to keep ourselves away from the pantry/kitchen/cookie jar are challenged to practice much more self control than we were originally prepared for.  Because even though you can’t go to the gym, run your errands, go out shopping, or meet a friend for lunch on a snow day, you CAN microwave some popcorn, make some chocolate chip pancakes, boil a box of pasta, and bake a multi-layer cake on a snow day.

On lazy days like these, our bodies all of a sudden become infinitely more hungry, asking for more food just moments after finishing a meal.

It’s 1pm and I have no plans for the rest of the day. There’s nothing good on TV and no matter how many times I click refresh, my Facebook newsfeed is still the same. Well, I guess I’ll make something to eat so I can pretend I’m being a productive human. 

Next thing you know, it just reached noon and you’ve already had breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And now you’re planning dessert.

What’s worse is that none of these meals consist of healthy, crisp salads. Because who craves a mix of cold vegetables during weather conditions when there could potentially be a wooly mammoth living in your backyard? So instead, you turn to your next best option – a nice, big bowl of warm pasta with steaming tomato sauce and maybe a side of fresh mashed tomatoes topped with melted butter. Basically the same as a salad right?

Lucky for you, I have a healthy, warm recipe for you to make tonight (assuming you didn’t already eat your dinner in your boredom-infused eating frenzy).

Warm Sweet Potato and Pear Winter Salad

Ingredients: 

  1. 1 sweet potato
  2. 1/2 head of broccoli
  3. 2 large handfuls of spinach
  4. 2 handfuls of baby bella mushrooms or 2 sliced portabellos
  5. 1 sliced pear
  6. 1 sliced red onion
  7. 1 handful of walnuts
  8. 2 handfuls of mixed greens
  9. 2 Tbsp olive oil
  10. 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  11. 1 Tbsp maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Slice the mushrooms, onions, sweet potato and pear and put into glass baking pan drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice
  2. Place pan into preheated oven at 425 degrees and roast for about 15 minutes, until vegetables/pears are tender
  3. Spread spinach over top of roasted pears/vegetables and mix so that it will slowly wilt
  4. Cut broccoli and steam in microwave for about 2 minutes, until tender
  5. Toast walnuts
  6. Whisk olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup into a dressing and drizzle over mixed greens
  7. Add roasted vegetables and pears, steamed broccoli, and toasted walnuts to the bed of mixed greens and divide salad onto 2-3 plates

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The roasted pears and toasted walnuts are a perfect complement to the other warm vegetables and all together they provide a delicious, healthy snow day dinner.