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Sweet Potato and Hard Boiled Egg Salad

I don’t usually like unitaskers.  You know, a kitchen gadget that only has one purpose.  However, I have an exception today.

I’m talking about an Eggsact Egg Timer.  It was one of the best things that we registered for when we got married.  I don’t mean to sound like a infomercial but this thing really works and it’s under $5!  Yes, we registered for something that was only $5.  You never know what someone’s budget is and we wanted to make sure everyone had a shot at it.  That was eight years ago and we still use it all the time.  It makes the perfect hard boiled egg every time.  Every.  Single.  Time.  No green yolks, just perfect every time.  As you cook it along side your eggs it changes from red to purple.  When the purple gets all the way through to the hard line, you’re done, that’s it.  It even has lines on it for soft and medium boiled egg too (if you are in to that sort of thing).  We absolutely recommend this (and I’m not getting paid to say that… we just really love it).

So how about an egg on a salad?  I’m not talking about egg salad (although that’s tasty too).  I’m talking about a salad made with lettuce and some other goodies, like sweet potato fries, that happens to also have a hard boiled egg involved somehow.  I have this thing with adding fries on top of my salad.  Maybe it makes me think it isn’t health food.

Anyway, I baked these “fries” so there is no guilt going on here.  I seasoned them with rosemary and salt and they are so addictive.  I may or may not have eaten one or 10 fries while I was making the salad.  I almost didn’t have enough to put on the salad.  Oops.

Baked Rosemary Sweet Potato Fries Recipe
(About 2 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon cornstarch, depending on the size of the sweet potato
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, minced (so it doesn’t seem like you’re eating pine needles)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Cover a baking sheet with a silicon mat or tin foil.  (They tend to stick to either foil or the pan due to the natural sugars in the sweet potatoes, so if you own a silicon mat I highly recommend you use it for this one.)
  3. Peel and cut each sweet potato lengthwise.  (Note that you can make them as thin or as thick as you like, but try to keep them all the same size or you’ll end up with some that are raw and others that are burnt.  If you cut them thicker than mine, then you may need to keep them in the oven longer, depending on how done you like them.)
  4. Toss the sweet potato pieces in cornstarch.  The goal is to lightly coat them.
  5. Toss the sweet potato pieces in the olive oil.
  6. Season the sweet potato pieces with salt and rosemary.
  7. Lay the sweet potato pieces in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake them for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.  Flip the sweet potato pieces about half way through the baking time.

Sweet Potato and Hard Boiled Egg Salad Recipe
(About 2 servings)

Ingredients for the Balsamic Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Ingredients for the Salad:

  • 2 eggs
  • lettuce  (I used a spring mix.)
  • 1 avocado, peel and pit removed, sliced
  • baked rosemary sweet potato fries (see above)
  • feta cheese, crumbled
  • sprinkling of sunflower seeds
  • dressing (see above)

Directions for the Balsamic Dressing:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil and balsamic vinegar.

Directions for the Salad:

  1. Make the hard boiled eggs.  There are a bazillion ways to do this but this is how we make them and they come out perfect every time:
    1. Place the eggs and Eggsact Egg Timer into a sauce pan and add cold water until the eggs are covered.
    2. Place the pan on high heat and cook the eggs until the line on the egg timer is colored “hard boiled.”  (I usually turn the heat down to medium high after a while so you can actually see the timer through the bubbles.)
    3. While the eggs are cooking, pour cold water and ice into a big bowl and set it aside.
    4. Once the eggs are done cooking, scoop the eggs out of the pan individually with a tablespoon and place them into the bowl of ice water.
  2. For each serving, arrange the lettuce, eggs, avocado slices, rosemary sweet potato fries, feta cheese, and sunflower seeds on a plate.
  3. Pour about half the balsamic dressing on top of each serving.

Adapted from:  Naturally Ella

 

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Winter Beauty Must Haves

It’s very important to me to take care of my skin, especially in the winter time.  Winters in CT can be cold and dry so scrubs and moisturizers become my best friends.

Here is a list of my winter beauty items.  You may recognize a few of them from previous posts (and maybe even previous years).

Let’s start with the lips.  I mentioned recently that I just started using Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1.  I love this stuff.  On some days moisturize is not enough so I use Bliss Fabulips Sugar Scrub.  I’ve been using this lip scrub for over two years so needless to say I love that too.

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I use a variety of products on my face, depending on the day (and the condition of my skin).  First and foremost, I use a Clarisonic face brush almost every day, 365 days a year.  I wouldn’t even consider showing you a picture of it because it’s the original model and it’s about 10 years old.  Let’s just say it’s not the best to look at.  Let me tell you, I swear by that face brush.  It gets helps to minimize the dry skin and it really cleans out your pores.  If you’re debating on whether to make the investment, I highly recommend it.

Some days I use Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub.  The microbeads are tiny and it’s very gentle on the skin.  When my skin is really desperate for some love and attention, I use St. Ives Apricot Scrub (instead of Aveeno).  The grit is big and it’s a bit rough on the skin, which happens to be exactly what my skin needs… on a limited occasion (like maybe one time a week during the coldest of months).  It’s too rough for my skin to use on a regular basis.  For you men, this is a good product.  My husband uses it all year long.

Let’s not forget the moisturizer.  I’ve been using Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer for years.  I use this every morning all year long.  It contains SPF which is essential even in the winter time.

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I love Josie Maran Argan Oil Sugar Scrub for my body, but I recently tried Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub and I’m loving it too.  I recommend both because they are great.  However, Tree Hut is a lot less expensive so right now I’m sticking with the cheaper option (that does just as good a job).

Okay, this one is a long time coming.  My husband has been a fan of Lubriderm Advanced Therapy lotion for years.  And for years, he’s tried to convince me that this is the only hand lotion that I’ll ever need.  But it’s so cheap… there must be something better.  I’ve loved the hand lotions that I’ve shared with you over the years (and still do).  However, this Lubriderm really wins the contest.  It cures our dry skin the fastest of anything that we’ve used and the best part is that it’s super affordable.  This has reminded me that the expensive stuff is not always the best stuff.

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I hope this helps you decide how best to combat the winter temps.  Let me know if you like any of these products and if there’s something else that you love.

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