Radish and Asparagus Wild Rice Salad

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Grilled veggies add depth to this herb-y wild rice salad. Serve this as a side at your next cookout, or as a simple main dish on a weeknight.

Radish and Asparagus Wild Rice Salad | SavvyEat.com

Baby girl turned three months old this week, just in time for Dan’s first Father’s Day. It sounds totally cliché, but I can’t believe how much our little girl has grown already! Her recent favorites are standing, sitting up on the couch, trying to shove her hands in her mouth, grabbing the toys on her activity center and playing with her stuffed giraffe.  She loves when we sing and dance with her, activities that are almost guaranteed to bring on baby giggles. And since she learned how to roll over in her swaddle last week, we’ve discovered that Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit truly is magic (thanks for that tip, Amber!)… and makes her look like Ralphie from A Christmas Story.

Dan and M

Photo by Holly Whittlef.

I’ve loved seeing Dan interact with her over the past three months. He has the magic touch and can calm her no matter how hard she’s crying. He’s spent long nights cuddling her back to sleep in the rocker and changed endless diapers. She lights up when he comes home from work and is starting to smile at his funny faces. So of course we’re excited to celebrate him in his first year as a dad this Father’s Day! 

Radish and Asparagus Wild Rice Salad

If you’re grilling with dad this weekend, you’re going to need some side dishes. And dad deserves better than your typical sides – why not make this wild rice salad packed with late spring vegetables? I know a lot of you have probably already moved on to tomatoes and zucchini, but here in Minnesota, we’re still getting mostly greens, radishes and other cold weather crops at the market. For this salad, I grilled up some spring onions, radishes and asparagus. Then it was just a matter of tossing the veggies with some cooked wild rice (again, I’m in Minnesota now!), fresh herbs and a lemon vinaigrette.

To see my radish and asparagus wild rice salad, visit the Circulon® website. We’ve been eating it as a main dish, but it would also make a terrific side for your next cookout!

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Raisin Nut Granola

This raisin nut granola is chock-full of mixed nuts, giving it a bit more of a protein boost than you’d usually find in this breakfast and snack favorite.

Raisin Nut Granola // Savvy Eats

I think I’m in full-fledged nesting mode. I’m walking this fine line between wanting to DO ALL OF THE THINGS and you know, actually having the energy to do those things.  When you’re trying to not only get caught up on work, but ahead of schedule in anticipation of maternity leave, and also unpack a three-bedroom house, set up a nursery, take all the childbirth/infant care classes, stay active, build up a social network and actually enjoy your last few weeks as a family of two, things can be exhausting. So I’m trying to find balance in where I focus my energy.

The top priorities right now are spending quality time with Dan and our existing family and friends and prepping for the baby.  We’ve got the essentials unpacked and organized in the new house, so I’m turning my focus to setting up the baby’s room. If we get more unpacking done after the nursery is ready, that’s great, and if not…it can wait.

One of the easiest ways for me to get ready for the whirlwind that is coming in March is to double up a lot of my cooking. I make double or triple batches of a few dinner recipes each week, and freeze the leftovers. And I’ve been craving granola anyways lately, so I make big batches and freeze half as soon as the granola is cool. It’s a win-win – it doesn’t take any extra time for me, and it means we already have a few jars of raisin nut granola in the freezer, ready to go.

Raisin Nut Granola // savvyeat.com

This raisin nut granola is a favorite lately. It is based off of my nutty granola, but with fewer ingredients, all of which should be easy to find. We’re still restocking the pantry over here, so I wanted to keep things simple. Packed with nuts, two types of raisins and oats, it should be a healthy, hearty snack this spring!

Raisin Nut Granola

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Serves 12-16

Raisin Nut Granola

This raisin nut granola is chock-full of mixed nuts, giving it a bit more of a protein boost than you’d usually find in this breakfast and snack favorite.

Adapted from my nutty granola .

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 3 cups raw mixed nuts
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease two 11" x 13" baking pans.
  2. Stir the oats and nuts together in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk the brown sugar, coconut oil, honey and salt together in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low, whisking constantly, until the sugar is dissolved and the liquid is beginning to bubble at the edges.
  4. Pour the coconut oil mixture over the dry ingredients and stir well to fully coat the oats and nuts. Divide the granola between the two prepared pans, spreading it into even layers.
  5. Bake the granola at 350F for 20 minutes, stirring the granola and rotating the pans between racks about halfway through.
  6. Stir in the dried fruit, and bake for another 10 minutes, until the granola is beginning to brown and toast.
  7. While the granola bakes, line a few wire racks with parchment paper. Spread the granola over the parchment paper to dry in even layers and cool.
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Here’s how to freeze granola for later!

 

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