Friday Faves and Beasts

My favorite beast and I had a movie date last night.

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We watched “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and I’m not really sure the Pilot liked the “Hey girl…” lines we were quoting while enjoying a shirtless Ryan Gossling. Bella’s: “Hey girl, wanna play fetch?” 

The movie was pretty good. I was in the mood for something lighthearted, and have been trying to catch up on movies from the past two years. I’m slowly making my way through the important ones 😉 I really love going to the movies, and we’re at a place now where it’s easy to get a sitter to come over after Liv’s asleep and go out, but get me in a dark theatre with popcorn and I’ll be sleeping with my mouth open before you can say “narcoleptic.” At least when I fall asleep during movies at home, I’m in the comfort of our own couch, but did manage to stay awake for the entire thing. 


Thank you so much for your awesome pics this week! I love seeing your clean eats and sweaty workout pics (@fitnessista #HereComesHallowLEAN) and am so happy to hear you’re enjoying the October workout and calendar.

Sarah Anne @fearnofood made Oliv’s favorite soup: 




and Jo @livingmintgreen


made the new pumpkin amazeballs

and here’s Leanne’s (@l_engebretson) glorious salad beast: 


A blog friend recently asked me to do a roundup of some of my favorite salad combos, so I thought it would be fun to share our favorite salad beasts to get some inspiration. Salads are one of my favorite lunch options as they’re super easy to prep in advance, and there are so many fun flavor combos to try. Even so, It’s easy to get stuck in salad ruts, so I’m excited for all of us to share ideas and inspiration with each other.

Here are some of the salads I’m loving right now:

Cranberry Avocado Salad (I’ve made it at least 3 times since I first posted it)

Cranberry salad

Tempeh Bacon Topped

Salad 2

 Balsamic Chicken Caprese (can use tofu instead, too)


Hummus and balsamic combos


So what salads are you enjoying this fall? Any new combos I should try? I can’t wait to hear your ideas 🙂

Enjoy your Friday!



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  1. Emily @ Have Your Cake And on October 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I love that movie! I saw it on a flight once 🙂 Also that balsamic chicken caprese salad looks to-die-for… there is nothing better than fresh mozz

  2. Irene on October 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I love that movie! And those salads are awesome. Thanks for introducing me to the humus and balsamic combo – I LOVE it and use it instead of dressing all the time now.

  3. Simone on October 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    my go to salads at the moment involve raw corn off the cob, lots of cherry tomatoes, about 1/2 avocado with a balsamic dressing and a good sprinkling of nutritional yeast, I love it!

    • Fitnessista on October 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      that sounds amazing. i need to get more nutritional yeast- i’ve been out for a while and love it so much

    • Christina on October 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      I loooove raw corn in salads too! 🙂

  4. Lindsey on October 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I love proscuitto, fig, watermelon, and ricotta salada atop baby arugula and topped with balsamic vinaigrette! So so good!

  5. JennP on October 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I thought “Crazy, Stupid Love” was pretty good. Totally didn’t see the surprise ending coming… And as a girl who is 7 weeks post-partum and in a wedding in 2 weeks (yikes) I am all about the salads as of late 😉

  6. Heather J on October 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Favourite combo: wilted kale, roasted onions, garlic and squash or yam, chicken breast or chicken sausage and GOAT CHEESE. Topped with balsamic or a peanutty dressing. Black beans are good in here too.

  7. Leanne on October 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I feel so special that my salad made your blog!! I tried tweeting everything that was in it, but it was too long, haha. It was romaine, roasted beets, apple, pomegranate, red onion, roasted almonds, dried cranberries, goat cheese, bbq’d chicken, all tossed in TJ’s light champagne vinaigrette and apple cider vinegar…I think that’s it. It was so good, and even my meat & potatoes loving man raved about it!

  8. JUNE on October 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I totally feel you about going to the movies, I have an almost 1 year old – who DOESN’T like to sleep.

    Best salad combo

    Greens, strawberries, red onion, candied pecans, goat cheese and poppyseed dressing (i like Brianna’s)


    grilled chicken breast on greens with red onion, mango slices, walnuts, dried cranberries, goat cheese and sesame ginger dressing

  9. natalie @ will jog for food on October 12, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I love mixing quinoa with feta & tomatoes and plopping it on top of some lettuce with lemon & olive oil 🙂

    I thought Crazy Stupid Love was a cute movie. This weekend hopefully I will be going to the movies to see Looper, I heard it was good!

  10. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance on October 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Currently, I’ve been loving topping a salad beast (greens and a bunch of veggies) with some grilled chicken and roasted squash (kabocha is my favorite, but any leftover squash works–just cube it and thrown on top). So delicious! And the cold and warm combo is awesome for a fall-time salad.

  11. Amanda on October 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    My favorite thing to do lately is roast a bunch of veggies (butternut squash, broccoli, brussels sprouts, onion, tomato) and tofu, make some quinoa, and put it all on a bed of spinach. Top with goat cheese and balsamic glaze (TJs has a great glaze). SO easy and very minimal work!!

  12. Angie on October 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    There’s a salad with israeli couscous at trader joes that has been my favorite for a while now.

  13. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on October 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    As I speak (well, type) I’m finishing up a salad made from baby greens, cucumber, baby carrots, roasted squash, feta, and two eggs with runny yolks and a bit of avocado-cilantro dressing. Delicious. 😀

  14. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on October 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    haha I love all the Ryan Gosling hey girl… lines but I’m pretty sure Josh doesn’t appreciate me quoting them either ;p

  15. Verhanika on October 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I just finished my favorite chicken chop chop salad (though everything is really sliced, not chopped): greens, radish, jalapeno, chicken, turkey bacon, olives, pepitas, salsa and guac. I usually have a corn tortilla on the side with a little cheese. Also great with tortilla chips dipped in it.

  16. Yaara on October 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Lately I’ve been loving spinach and mixed leafy greens as my base with tomatoes, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, sweet pickles, fresh sweet orange peppers and deli turkey slices. I top it off with some balsamic vinegar, hummus and baba ganoush. Love! It’s weird I’m on a major deli turkey kick–I love it. I can’t seem to get enough of those salty slices.
    I was actually thinking about a movie I think you’d love that I saw a few weeks ago–“What to Expect.” It’s really sweet–about various couples and their journeys through conception, pregnancy, and delivery of their babies. And Cameron Diaz plays a bad-ass personal trainer. It’s really cute–you should check it out. I also saw “Crazy, Stupid, Love” a little while ago. I was a little dissappointed–it was cute but I had higher hope for Ryan Gosling and Steve Carrell–I love both of them. But yes-shirtless Ryan was quite a treat–yum yumm! Have a great weekend girl! And thanks for accepting my “friend” request on facebook. 🙂

  17. Molly Petsch on October 12, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Spring greens, goat cheese, dried cranberries, cucumber, pears and walnuts with raspberry vinaigrette- amazing! Also good with turkey for some protein.

  18. Christina on October 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    My favorite fall salad is actually a warm salad with no greens! It’s already cold here in the Northeast (it was 37 this morning). As we approach fall, cold and crunchy salads are less appealing to me. I start to favor warm, comforting meals, like this:

    a mix of roasted butternut squash (roasted until caramelized with olive oil, salt, chopped sage), sauteed onion and celery (stovetop in just a touch of oil until caramelized), baked tofu (chicken would also be good!), dried cherries, and chopped, toasted pecans (I toast them on the stovetop over medium heat – just keep a close eye on them).

    Simple and delicious 🙂 I bet it would be great with some goat cheese too!

  19. Julie on October 12, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    All of your salads look amazing! I’ve made 3 batches of the pumpkin amazeballs! Thanks for posting that picture even though it’s kind of unsightly. 🙂 They taste sooo good though!

  20. Bek @ Crave on October 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Such a good movie! If you’re after another girly one that ticks all the boxes (it’s not just girly- guys like it too), What to Expect When You’re Expecting totally rocks. Also, I don’t know if it’s out on dvd yet but Hope Springs I found was quite a good movie too!

  21. Cher @ Weddicted on October 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Crazy, Stupid, Love is SUCH a good movie. I didn’t think I would like it as much as I did. Let’s be serious though, I’m sure it had a lot to do with Ryan Gossling .. ANYYYWAAYY…

    Happy weekend!

  22. Jess on October 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I haven’t been to the movies since before I was married. Over 3 years!!! My girls don’t stay asleep very well at night and my husband hates going. Those salads are making me hungry. My salads are such a whatever looks good in my fridge at the time kinda deal!

  23. Leah o on October 12, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    I love to heat my sliced turkey up and have it with some goat cheese, sauteed zuchini, avocado,mushrooms, hummus, and garlic chili sauce. So so good

  24. Gina @HealthLoveandChocolate on October 13, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Lately I have been loving a winter squash, grilled apple, and nut combo for my salads. With goat/sheep’s milk cheese of course, yum!

  25. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on October 13, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Haha I need to catch up on recent movies too – I’m always so behind on them! 😛 I actually did see Crazy, Stupid, Love though and I really liked it!

    Lately I’m really loving Cobb salads. You can’t go wrong with egg, chicken, bacon, avocado and blue cheese. 😀

  26. Jo @ LivingMintGreen on October 13, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I’m loving this combo lately: mixed greens, chopped honeycrisp apple, pepitas, walnuts, goat cheese, a dash of dried sage & a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar. SO GOOD!!! 😀

  27. Chelsa on October 13, 2012 at 10:37 am

    the salad looks insanely good

  28. Caitlin on October 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm
  29. Christina J on October 15, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Salads are one of my favorite things to eat! You can change it up and it always tastes different! Caesar salad is always my go-to salad because there aren’t very many ingredients used. Glad to see some more salad options that I can try out! Thanks!

  30. absolut on January 28, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    A little late to the party here.. I’m still trying to catch up on your blog and reading things in order. Thought I’d let you know my current salad beast favorite is Fitnessista inspired. I made your sweet potato chili a few days ago (but since the bf and I can’t eat anything without meat), I added about a pound of very lean ground beef to a double batch of your recipe. It was heavenly! We still had a little left over last night, and it didn’t have much broth at all, so I warmed it up, and added a whole bunch of spring mix to it, topped with jalapeno slices and cholula … and it was AMAZING!!! Thanks for the great recipe! 🙂

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