Balsamic Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese, Candied Nuts and Sweet Dijon Dressing

Feeling an early February lag? I just came back from a wonderful few days in Jamaica, and can feel my body craving salty, unhealthy treats that I’d been binging on during my vacation. A great way to balance out these cravings is to #treatyoself with a salad like the one in this post. Candy in salad? Yes please!

the buttered toast

beet salad with goat cheese and candied nuts

Ok I admit it’s a really long title for a seemingly simple salad, but it tastes so good I am not even going to bother changing it.

As many of you know, I’ve been on a recent weight loss journey – wait, scratch that, “journey” sounds a little corny. Let’s call it “a push to shed the extra weight that’s been ruining my health, thereby bringing me closer to death.” Macabre a statement though it may be, the scared-straight method has been helping me to stay on track.

Anyhoo, this “push” has been working so far as I’ve been cutting down on sugars, bad carbs, and trans fats. It hasn’t been easy though, and there’s only so much high protein salads I can eat until the taste buds start to scream for something special. Otherwise I fear they will revolt.

I know myself. In the past whenever I tried to go paleo or…

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