Winter Salad with Spaghetti Squash, Lentils + Arugula

Hey Friends!

I hope that you survived the festive holiday season with settled bellies and a happy mind. This year we were busy but still found time to relax and enjoy family time. Our holiday was kicked off with a trip to San Diego for a surprise birthday party for my sister! In addition to enjoying the beautiful weather, Russ and I enjoyed walks around the seaport, post pilates bloody Marys with bacon and pickled green beans (wowza!), a quick trip to La Jolla which was filled with seal sightings and smoothie bowls.When we returned home, we had just a couple of days to finish up last minute holiday shopping. Our Christmas Eve was spent with our kiddos and new son-in-law at Barcelona Wine Bar in the South End of Boston. The menu featured small bites so we enjoyed a variety of different menu options to satisfy our different palates.

For Christmas, we always kick off the morning with a holiday brunch, followed by unwrapping of the stocking gifts. Next up, is a bigger party with extended family. We moved away from our traditional meal of ham and German potato salad and enjoyed a Mexican Taco Bar. Thanks to Fody Foods our pulled chicken and pork were free of onion and garlic. 🙂

And now, we are gearing up for the new year:  2020. One of my goals is to be more consistent with exercise and eat more produce. I like to focus on what I can add to my life rather than focusing on eliminating anything.  How about you?

So, to pre-kick off my goal of adding more produce, I thought I would share with you a fun salad I made for lunch this week for my son and I.  I love food that is visually appealing as well as tasty. This salad fits that bill.

Feta cheese has about 1 gram of lactose per ounce making it low FODMAP in that portion size. Pomegranate arils are in season right now and I love these little jewels on my salads, morning oats, and even as a toast topper. One-quarter cup is low FODMAP and is enough to add a little “extra” to any meal. Canned lentils have less FODMAPs due to processing than cooked–1/2 cup canned lentils OR 1/4 cup fresh cooked lentils per serving is appropriate for the low FODMAP elimination diet.

My son is a big fan of lemon tahini salad dressing so…I whipped some up and drizzled it over the salad.

Here is the recipe!

 

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