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    Sunday, February 9 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 79

    Hiking day!

    19 km hiking - birding in Rondeau + fetching groceries + walking the pups

    Only Homemade Food - - Total Days: 40/40
    A Salad a Day: Day 28 -

    Video Game-Free Days: 60


    Lights out: 10:58 PM
    Up Monday: 6:51 AM

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      Any other kind of potatoes besides sweet or yams? Like, have you added a yellow or red or purple to any of your salads? I didn’t see those on your list😉Rutabaga? Turnip? Raw or cooked, they are as good as parsnips in salad🥳

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        carrots, tomatoes, onions, quinoa, sunflower sprouts or other sprouts and raw sprouts.

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          Sounds completely insane, but I love it: Green beans (not on your list if I read it correctly), tuna, peanut butter (the kind without sugar)

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            TopNotch DorothyMH Amirsh sleep_twitch thank you all for the most interesting suggestions! I will report back once I have determined which of your suggested ingredients I am able to source in the Booming Metropolis in February.

            Side note: I asked my father--who will be eating whatever salad(s) I prepare today for his dinner--if he had a suggestion for the final day of the challenge. His proposed "salad" was: Bacon, Egg, and Potato.

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              TopNotch you get bonus points not only for suggesting a salad ingredient I have not already eaten this month but possibly one I have never eaten before! (It's possible I've had it as a flavouring in a sauce in a restaurant somewhere at some point. But I have never cooked with sorrel before myself and certainly never before eaten it as a salad green.) Unfortunately, in the Booming Metropolis, sorrel is sold as a fresh herb, not as a salad green. This means it costs $2.50 for a "bunch" which is only a few leaves. Consequently, I was not able to make a very large salad. But what I did make tasted delicious. See the result here: https://darebee.com/hive/kitchen/635...629#post655629

              I will have to try growing my own sorrel next summer--if I can get some seeds. I've read that the stuff grows like a weed, so the expensive price is really just down to marketing and packaging and the fact that sorrel is considered a "specialty" ingredient here.

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                sleep_twitch your salad idea did sound the strangest to me--so of course I had to try it! You are correct that green beans were not previously on my list. Yellow wax beans weren't either, and the store had both today, so I used both in my salad. I also remembered that I had some leftover spicy peanut dressing still kicking around that I'd made from peanut butter for a different salad earlier in the month, so I used that for my dressing for this salad. See the result here: https://darebee.com/hive/kitchen/635...639#post655639

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                  Woo-hoo!! Sorrel is something you can plant and ignore and even in drought it survives - though it gets a mite bitter. Glad you liked the salad.

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                    Does it have to be vegetables? I'm a big fan of putting fruit in a salad (an actual salad, not specifically fruit salad) and put apples, grapes and raisins in often. I want to try adding strawberries too, as a friend has told me they go great in a chicken salad. Cashews go nicely too if you want to include nuts.

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                      Originally posted by Zastria View Post
                      Does it have to be vegetables? I'm a big fan of putting fruit in a salad (an actual salad, not specifically fruit salad) and put apples, grapes and raisins in often. I want to try adding strawberries too, as a friend has told me they go great in a chicken salad. Cashews go nicely too if you want to include nuts.
                      Oooh yeah, I put apples in quite often, as well as walnuts, or pecans or pumpkin seeds/pepitas

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                        Amirsh your recipe sounds delicious. Unfortunately, the only way I can get sunflower sprouts locally is if I sprout them myself, which is not something I can pull off in only one day. So I substituted with alfalfa and pea sprouts, and threw in a handful of unsprouted, raw sunflower seeds. Then, because I was going with avocado oil for the dressing, I added an avocado to the salad as well. The result was super yummy! See it here: https://darebee.com/hive/kitchen/635...714#post655714

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                          DorothyMH I had eaten yellow-fleshed potatoes previously this month, but not red-skinned or blue ones. I ate white turnips in some delicious Turnip Cakes I made for the lunar new year, but not rutabaga. (In previous years I have cooked rutabaga on January 25 for Robbie Burns Night, but the 25th was also the lunar new year this year, so I went with a Chinese New Year theme instead.) I'd never used rutabaga in a salad before but I combined it today with your suggestion of different kinds of potatoes, plus a few other tasty ingredients, to make a delicious hot potato salad. See the result here: https://darebee.com/hive/kitchen/635...726#post655726

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                            Four delicious and new-to-me salads in one day! And I significantly increased my total varieties of veggies for the month too. This has been hands down the best day of my Salad-a-Day challenge! I finished the challenge off in style with a nice fruit salad of banana, kiwi, and pineapple.

                            Zastria I like to add fruit to my vegetable salads too. I have used apple, pear, mango, grapefruit, orange, strawberries, raspberries, grapes, raisins, dried cranberries, and red currants in the past--plus probably some other things I'm forgetting. Nuts and seeds are also great additions.

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                              Monday, February 10 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 80


                              running: 5K in 37:04 - Spicebush Trail in Rondeau. I did not have time to do my usual hiking loop of the trail as a warm-up this day, so my first km was necessarily a bit slow, but my overall pace was not too bad for a slushy trail.

                              upper body skill & strength training: 17 minutes - Crow Taps - got ten in a row - doing my crow work when I'm not too sweaty is key!

                              lower body skill & strength training: 21 minutes - Hey, Legs!


                              Total: 75 minutes


                              Other stuff:

                              6 km hiking

                              Only Homemade Food - - Total Days: 41/41
                              A Salad a Day: Day 29 -

                              Video Game-Free Days: 61


                              Lights out: 1:28 AM - Oops!
                              Up Tuesday: 7:51 AM

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                                Tuesday, February 11 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 81


                                running: 3K in 19:14 - in town

                                upper body skill & strength training: 23 minutes - Flying Crow Flow

                                lower body skill & strength training: 26 minutes - Find Your Focus


                                Total: 68 minutes


                                Other stuff:

                                10.3 km hiking

                                Only Homemade Food - ​ - Total Days: 42/42
                                A Salad a Day: Day 30 - ​ -

                                Video Game-Free Days: 62


                                Lights out: 12:57 AM - Improvement
                                Up Wednesday: 8:13 AM

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