Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend, celebrating Valentine’s Day with your loved ones. As for me, it was an easy weekend for this single gal, which was just fine with me. I mainly stayed close to home and cleaned my hot mess of a house. Saturday night, I did find a little time to shut off from work and the house to relax and watch a movie. I have tons of movies stored up on the tv upstairs in the media room, so I watched an oldie that I had never seen before, The English Patient. Really good, if you haven’t ever seen it. It was set in Europe during World War II, which may quite possibly be my favorite era in history. Well, it runs a close second to the 20s. I’m an absolute sucker for the fashion, traditions, everything.
I do have to tell you all about the one really kooky, off the wall thing I caved and did this past week. I bought a stroller for Iris. Yep, bought my DOG a stroller. I have officially crossed over to the land of “eccentric.” I have a good reason though. My little girl is not a walker. I’ve tried for years and years to get her to walk around the neighborhood, even taking her up to Furman University’s campus and walking around the lake. Not much motivates this little one and she gets scared really easy, which is kind of pitiful to see. Every once in a while, she’ll go around the lake if my parents and their dog, Holly, are with us. Iris feels brave if she’s got Holly with her. Not only can I not get Iris to walk, but she’s not been acting herself over the last several months. I took her to a couple different vets, where I eventually got redirected to a specialist who informed me that she has a neck issue that has been causing her a little bit of discomfort. It’s nothing life threatening, but over the last two weeks, I’ve had her on prednisone doing medical therapy. The only catch in this, is that I have to keep her very still. No playing in the house with toys, going up and down stairs, really no activity at all for three weeks. Bottom line, this poor little animal is bored out of her mind and momma feels really bad. She loves to be outside, so my sister had the idea that I get her a stroller. I knew she’d love it because when I used to go to Hilton Head every spring, I’d park my car, rent a bike with a basket and put her in it while I peddled all over the island. She loved being on the bike, and so we figured this was the perfect solution to getting her outside. IT WAS!!! Girlfriend loves her new stroller and now I can take her on my daily walks. Mom and the little are both happy.:)
Here’s a picture of Iris in her new stroller. Teehehehehehe…
On to today’s recipe, this is a super simple Meatless Monday salad using one of my favorite winter veggies, Brussels Sprouts. For this Brussels Sprout Salad, the brussels sprouts are thinly sliced and topped with a slew of other goodies to create a light, yet hearty Brussels Sprout salad that’s perfect on it’s own or a great addition to a piece of grilled chicken or fish. With this Brussels Sprout Salad recipe, the brussels sprouts will have a light Maple Mustard Dressing.
Hope you enjoy!
Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Mustard DressingSERVES 4 PrintDownload
- 1 lbs of brussels sprouts
- 1 medium-large shallot
- 2 oz goat cheese
- 1/3 cup of pomegranate seeds or 1 pomegranate
- 1/2 cup of toasted walnuts
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar
- 1 heaping Tbsp of dijon mustard
- 2 Tbsp of olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Wash the sprouts and thinly slice them. Place them in a large bowl. Top with the thinly sliced shallot, toasted walnuts, pomegranate seeds and goat cheese, crumbed into pieces.
- To mix the dressing, add the syrup, cider vinegar, mustard and olive oil to a bowl with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Whisk until it's all combined. Pour over the salad and toss.
- *If you're working with a fresh pomegranate, the easiest way to get the seeds out is to cut it in half and using a spoon, whack the skin of the pomegranate over a bowl and the seeds will pop out.