Spinach Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Balsamic Honey Vinaigrette

Now that the holidays have come and gone it seems like we’re all trying to start off the new year with some healthier meal options.  I’m one of those people.  I’m looking to fill my plate with things that are light and nutritious but are still packed with comforting winter flavors.  This salad checks all those boxes!

One of the things I love about this salad is the contrast in flavor, texture, and temperature.  The spinach pairs nicely with the sweet pear, tart craisins, and the smokey bacon.  The pecans add a great crunch and the goat cheese is perfectly tangy and creamy.  However, the star of this salad is the warm roasted sweet potatoes piled on top.  It’s absolutely delicious finished with a quick balsamic honey vinaigrette.  I could eat this salad every day!  Continue reading

Chicken Pesto Panini

Chicken Pesto Panini

I can’t think of a sandwich that I love more than a panini!  That’s why I was so excited when I received a griddle for Christmas this year that had a panini press function.  I wanted to try it out ASAP!  I had some leftover basil pesto in the fridge which is where the inspiration for this recipe came from.

If you like pesto and goat cheese then you will love this sandwich!  The pesto adds some freshness to the sandwich, the sun-dried tomatoes are chewy and sweet, and the goat cheese adds a perfect creaminess to the filling.  To me, this is total comfort food, especially when served with a nice glass of wine!

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