Blueberry Turk’y Dinner Salad

If there is one thing I love it is a really big dinner salad with a lot of depth and layers.  They are easy to make, filling, and if done right absolutely delicious.  I will admit that I didn’t always love salad.  Even now, if there is no depth or protein, I am not really interested.

I want lots of organic baby greens mixed with herbs, sprouts, pea shoots, or spinach.  Top that with seeds, nuts, berries, fruit, and some vegan protein, and I am in salad heaven.  I have several varieties that I try, but I wanted to try something new today.

I always keep Gardein protein in the freezer and I was feeling turk’y.  I decided to see how it would pair with the blueberries, asparagus, and snow peas I had in the fridge.  I pulled the ingredients out and got started.  First, I topped my organic lettuce mix with baby pea shoots, blueberries, pistachios, almonds, and pumpkin seeds.  (I keep these nuts/seeds on hand at all times.  I use them for EVERYTHING. )

Then I got started on the Turk’y. I started the turk’y in the frying pan on medium heat with a touch of Earth Balance butter.  I chopped the asparagus into bite size pieces. This went into the pan with the snow peas when I flipped the turk’y patty.  I let them saute for another 5-7 minutes before removing from the heat.

The asparagus and snow peas go directly on top of your bed of greens.  I chopped the turk’y patty into strips, made a pretty pile, then drizzled with dressing and served.

I love hot protein and veggies piled right on top of my greens.  It adds such a great dimension and wilts the lettuce just a bit.  The blueberries added a sweet, tart pop of flavor, and the nuts/seeds add crunch.  The best bits are at the very bottom of the salad after all the lettuce is gone.

Ingredients:

  • Gardein Turk’y Cutlets
  • Organic Salad Mix
  • Pea Shoots
  • Asparagus
  • Snow Peas
  • Blueberries
  • Pistachios
  • Almond Slivers
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Annie’s Goddess Dressing

Top salad mix with shoots, berries, nuts, and seeds.  In a frying pan, prepare turk’y on medium heat (5-7 minutes), add asparagus and pea shoots when you flip the cutlet.  Saute another 5-7 minutes until cutlet is golden brown and veggies are crisp, tender.  Top salad with sauteed veggies.  Cut Turk’y into strips add on top.  Drizzled with Annie’s Goddess Dressing.


Vegan in Saint Augustine Florida

I love Saint Augustine, Florida.  It is one of my favorite places in the world.  It is full of history and charm, especially the downtown area around St. George Street.  I get to visit often because my daughter goes to college in St. Augustine.  As I posted recently, my daughter broke her ankle, so I left the Abacos (Bahamas) early in order to help take care of her for a few weeks.  Not only did this give me time to catch up with her, I was also able to explore the beaches, restaurants, and shops.  It was wonderful.

I love the water, so I took a lot of beach walks.  The sand in St. Augustine is soft near parking, but hard near the water.  It’s perfect for a jog or even a bike ride, and it is really good for building sand castles.  Dogs are allowed on the beaches here; bring your dog!

Walking downtown near the inter-coastal is an excellent way to get some exercise.  St. Augustine is perfect for early risers.  Watching the  sunrise over the Bridge of Lions from the fort wall is just gorgeous!

I really like all the vegan options in STA.  Breakfast at The Manatee Cafe is fantastic.  I highly recommend the vegan french toast, breakfast burrito and tofu scramble.  http://www.manateecafe.com/

The Floridian Cafe has a few great options, but my absolute favorite is the Winter Salad with Tempeh. http://www.thefloridianstaug.com/

Dos is a great coffee shop to work in during the day.  Friday nights they have live music and a full house!  They also serve wine, beer and local kombucha.  This particular latte is Vanilla-Pear Tea with soy milk. https://www.dosbar.com/

If you like drinks with a view, Sangria’s is on St. George’s Street and awesome for drinks and appetizers.  Live music on the weekend.  Make sure you specify NO DAIRY when ordering! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sangrias-Wine-Piano-Bar/

Another favorite coffee shop is The Kookaburra.  They have several locations.  These photos are from the larger on on US1.  Perfect place to work while enjoying a fantastic latte and vegan pumpkin donut.  It’s bigger than it looks in these photos, and often full to capacity. https://www.facebook.com/TheKookaburra

I didn’t include all the places I visited and delicious food I enjoyed while I stayed in STA.  I have been busy with the business, taking care of Sky, making sure she got to class and appointments.  I will miss this beautiful little city while I am away, but leaving means getting ready for the roadtrip!  So happy to get to travel the country soon.  🙂  I will post more next time I am in town.  If you visit and find an amazing dish or restaurant I didn’t mention, leave a comment!  I would love to try a new place next time I am in STA.