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Feeling full from the holidays? Fresh Tart's got some great healthy, but delicious suggestions.
grilled salmon salad with greens avocado

I am stuffed to the max from rich holiday foods.  Even though I was successful in avoiding gluten and grains, the salt really catches up to me.  Puff city.  And after a week of heavier foods, salads, fish, and brothy soups just sound so right to me.

While these recipes aren't new, I thought you might appreciate having a few ideas for taking it down a notch this week.  Above is one of my favorite salads, Grilled Salmon with Greens and Avocado.  Warm salmon, cool greens, and a mustard vinaigrette hit the spot in any season.

Keep reading for three more of her meal ideas.

chicken vegetable soup

I posted my aunt Mary's Chicken Vegetable Soup at Dara & Co./Minnesota Monthly Magazine a few weeks ago.  It's delicious anytime and can be adapted to use up leftover turkey if you're lucky enough to have some on hand.

grilled shrimp tostadas with spicy slaw


Grilled Shrimp Tostadas with Spicy Slaw are easy to mess around with.  Sauté or broil the shrimp if your grill is buried in snow.  Skip the tortillas if you're watching your grain intake.  The cool, crunchy slaw sets off the hot shrimp nicely.

Fried Chickpeas with Chorizo & Spinach

A pan of Fried Chickpeas with Chorizo and Spinach can be on the table in minutes and is hearty and spicy enough to chase away a chilly evening.  How do you wind things down when the holidays are over?

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FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 6 years
Thanks Megan! Happy New Year to you too - it's going to be a big one :)
FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 6 years
Sounds utterly perfect, yum.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
Soup!! And a lot of veggies. My husband came home to a pot full of black eyed peas and lentil soup and a fridge full of greens. After the heavy holiday food fare I need something light but filling and a well balanced soup with a side of toast hits the spot, especially on cold nights.
FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 6 years
Karyn - I agree, I like that it's a quick cook-from-the-pantry din. I riff on the general theme with bacon or other sausages, different types of beans, other quick-cooking vegetables. All so tasty. Homemade crackers with salmon spread sounds like a genius way to have a tasty snack while leaving the sweets behind, yum. Happy New Year!
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