I don’t know about you, but this for me summer was full of bad, bad things, like queso, chips, pizza, tacos, hamburgers… There is just something about vacation that makes you throw all your good eating habits out the window. And let’s face it that once June 1 hits we all think we are on “vacation” until September 1, or until school starts for the little ones. 

Well, school has started! And yesterday was not a “good” day for the Hood family.  It was the first day of school and everyone was half asleep during breakfast.  I literally gave my kids a few slices of bacon and a smoothie and shoved them out the door. And, for dinner I was even a better mom!  We had study group and parent meetings and my husband had a business dinner so my family, lovingly, got Chic-Fil-A for dinner.  Can I get a woo hoo! I really do hope and promise to do better this week. But, hell we can only do so much.
Back to eating healthy (I’ll have you know I got a salad at Chic-Fil-A) and getting a healthy meal on the table.  Here is a salad that I have been making for a long time.  I have no idea where I got the recipe, but there are many versions out there.  My family likes the tang of the one I make and I like the fact that my kids are eating something green!


Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Makes 6-8 Servings

2 lb. shaved Brussels Sprouts (you can buy them pre-shredded in the lettuce section)
4 tablespoons lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 small shallot, minced
1 garlic clove, minced (or pressed through a garlic press)
5 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup shredded Parmesan
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

In a large bowl, whisk together lemon juice, mustard, shallot, garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper.

Toss Brussels Sprouts in dressing and let sit 30 minutes-2 hours in the refrigerator.

When ready to serve toss in walnuts and Parmesan. 

* This salad will last in the fridge for a couple days
* If you don't have walnuts then use pine nuts, slivered almonds...
* If you can't find pre-shredded Brussels Sprouts then use your food processor and shred the whole Brussels Sprouts.