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Satsuma Endive Winter Salad

Sides, Healthy HostessCarlene ThomasComment
Satsuma Endive Winter Salad

Are you seeing a theme yet? Winter salads galore where I tempt you with a citrus and a dairy product. It seems to be working pretty well. I mean...I'm fooled. I'm wanting winter salads! I didn't even think I LIKED endive. But I was wrong. Today's recipe is endive with satsuma oranges and mascarpone cheese. We threw in a little bit of dates, almonds, a maple dressing and mint....and *instant coffee*. Now, I'm not sure how to break this to you, but as weird as it sounds, it was SO RIGHT. 

This dish is the perfect lunch side salad (just add grilled chicken to round it out for a meal). Think of it as a pick me up. I mean, you've got coffee (check), dates, vitamin C and crunchy almonds. I get excited about every single one of those ingredients. The vitamin C packed Satsuma oranges are something that's relatively new to me. They're mandarin or Christmas oranges and are one of the sweetest varieties of citrus. Last winter my friend Katie sent me a picture and told me it was NECESSARY to procure these. Which I did and will do every time I see a container of them.

As for the mascarpone cheese, when was the last time you had it NOT in a tiramisu? I will raise my hand and openly admit my answer is never. For shame. I think because I only consider it in tiramisu it becomes difficult for me to think beyond the dessert usages. But I was very, very wrong because this is something that 100% needs to be used in more savory ways. Please buy all the mascarpone cheese.

Satsuma Endive Winter Salad
Satsuma Endive Winter Salad

Satsuma Endive Salad

/// Ingredients ///

  • 3 Satsumas,  broken into segments
  • 1 T Mint, chopped 
  • 4 pitted Dates sliced
  • 1.5 T slivered Almonds (salt and pepper flavored)
  • Sprinkle of Coffee (a bit less than 1/2 t)
  • 1 Endive rough chopped
  • Maple Dressing (2 t cider vinegar, 2 t dijon, 1.5 T evoo)
  • 1/3 cup mascarpone (smeared on the platter)

/// Directions ///  Spread mascarpone on bottom of serving dish. Add cider vinegar, dijon mustard and extra virgin olive oil in a bowl and whisk to incorporate set aside to drizzle over the salad. Chop endive and place over mascarpone. Make sure to mix the 'leafier' side and the stalk side of the chopped endive. Add the remaining ingredients over the top and pour the dressing over the dish.

Rosemary Pork Loin and full fall meal Recipe

Main Dishes, Healthy HostessCarlene ThomasComment

So I think we can all agree it's full on fall at this point. Thanksgiving just happened. There is so much squash happening everywhere and it's the perfect time to show you how to incorporate all those elements of fall flavors into a full meal. I've had this little beauty of a meal tucked away for months now. Yes, months. It was a project that didn't end up panning out, shot in summer, for the typical project needs that are months in advance. But I loved this recipe for a healthy fall meal so much, it seemed a waste to not share it with anyone at all. This meal should take you about 30 minutes to put together and a lot of it is chilling and waiting for the pork to cook. Just the thing you need for right before Thanksgiving!

Now while I tested these recipes with a specific dressing  brand, you absolutely do not need to purchase it. It cuts down on prep time, but basically make a vinaigrette, heavier on the olive oil with the flavors mentioned (either lemon or black pepper). It's still going to be delicious. 

Rosemary Pork Loin and full fall meal Recipe

Rosemary Garlic Pork Loin

/// Ingredients ///

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3 T Tessemae's cracked pepper dressing
  • 12 oz Porkloin (trimmed)
  • 2 tsp olive oil 

/// Directions /// Combine garlic, rosemary, salt, and dressing into a bowl. Stir to combine. Add olive oil to a heated, non-stick pan like cast iron, on the stove over medium high heat . Rub rosemary mixture over pork loin and sear and brown pork loin on all sides for a total of about six minutes. Bake at 400ºF for 12-15 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 145ºF. Let rest for three to five minutes before slicing. 

Roasted Olive Oil Butternut Squash

/// Ingredients ///

  • 3 cups, 1 inch cubes of butternut squash (12 ounces)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

/// Directions /// Preheat oven to 400°F. Place squash cubes in a large, rimmed baking sheet. Toss with oil, salt and pepper and spread out in a single layer. Roast, turning pieces over occasionally, until tender and golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

/// Ingredients ///

  • 3 cups shredded brussels sprouts (5 ounces)
  • 3 T Tessemae's lemon garlic dressing
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (1 ounce)
  • 1/2 Fuji apple, chopped (2.5 ounces or 1/2 cup)

/// Directions /// Add ingredients to bowl and mix to combine. 

shaved brussels sprout salad

The Healthy Holiday Bride: 6 Must Read Posts

Bits of Nutrition, Weddings and EventsCarlene ThomasComment

Happy holiday kick off and engagement season! 


We're officially in the midst of what will become SO MANY engagement announcements. But also inevitable complaining about how to stay healthy with all of the parties and festivities that are on the calendar. Over the past few years I've written a lot of articles on the intricacies of all of this for brides during the holidays. How to stay healthy as a couple, how to stay healthy as the bride as you try to watch your habits for wedding dress fitting, how not to explode at your in-laws for force feeding you one more slice of pie... It's kind of sadly ironic that the holidays are supposed to be celebrations and relaxing but they end up being stressful and overindulgent more often than not. But they don't have to be that way.

I rounded up the pieces I've written to guide you through these next weeks to stay healthy wedding sane! Below are a few of my pieces from Huffington Post Weddings as well as a podcast where I talked about my approach to being a balanced bride...and not crazy or restrictive. 

Safe travels and enjoy!


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