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Skinny Tuesday

February 21, 2012

In honor of Fat Tuesday, of course I wanted to post a Mardi Gras-themed recipe today.  I thought about making a king cake, until I looked up some recipes and realized how labor intensive they are.

Damn.  Makes me appreciate the king cake that my mom sends me every year.

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Every year except this one, that is.

Trying to make a subtle point about the pregnancy weight, eh Mommy Dearest?

Point taken.

No king cake this year…but how’s about a salad?!? 

*crickets* *crickets* *crickets*

Okay, so this salad isn’t quite as moan-inducing as a cream cheese and praline-stuffed king cake. 


It is vibrant, and refreshing, and it really showcases the beautiful colors of Mardi Gras:


Cabbage, Edamame, and Pineapple Salad


1/2 head purple cabbage, thinly sliced

1.5 cups shelled edamame

1.5 cups pineapple, cut into bite-sized cubes

1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil

3 tbsp. tamari

1 tbsp. brown sugar

juice and zest of 1 lime


Combine cabbage, edamame, and pineapple.  In a small bow, whisk together remaining ingredients for dressing, and pour over salad.  Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving to let the dressing marinate.



Mmmm…perfect blend of salty and sweet.  This would be great as a vegetarian main dish, or served along side grilled salmon or chicken.

And next year…king cake.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Kev permalink
    February 21, 2012 8:01 pm

    Wha!?? No king cake? Have you even gained any pregnancy weight? From the pictures you look like exactly you + 6 lb. baby. This is an outrage. What’s up, GingerLove?

  2. Marcee permalink
    February 21, 2012 8:05 pm

    Mmmm …. that looks pretty. Good enough to eat!

    Truthfully, we do not like King Cakes. There was a recipe posted last week that seemed to be really simple. Well, easier. You can always change-up ingredients. To make it less caloric.

    Love all the pics Anna! : ) Looking mighty fine to me!

    How are you feeling? Hope marvelous!

  3. February 21, 2012 8:34 pm

    Those colors are gorgeous and since I’m naive to what the king cake actually is, I’d totally pick the salad over it 🙂

  4. Emo permalink
    February 21, 2012 8:50 pm

    Lovely salad! I, too, thought about making a king cake… this morning. Not going to happen. Next year, for sure, there will be cake for us!

  5. February 21, 2012 9:21 pm

    The colors, the dressing, the edamame + pineapple combo…this is so me!

  6. February 21, 2012 10:24 pm

    Yum, salads sounds like a perfect celebration to me! And gorgeous colors indeed!

  7. February 22, 2012 1:32 am

    These are gorgeous colors — even if there is no baby stuck in inches of frosting!

  8. February 22, 2012 1:50 am

    Oh beautiful salad! Love the vibrant colors.

  9. February 22, 2012 2:16 am

    I’ve never made anything with edamame before! This salad looks delicious – the colours make me feel like Spring!

    PS – baby wants King Cake – is it too late to getcha one?!? 😀

  10. February 22, 2012 2:24 am

    I would take your salad over king cake any day! I know, I’m that crazy.

  11. February 22, 2012 10:06 pm

    No king cake?? What?!

  12. February 23, 2012 4:12 pm

    Love the sald, look srefreshing and yummy!

  13. February 23, 2012 5:56 pm

    Love the salad and the king cake colours!

  14. February 24, 2012 4:41 pm

    Pretty colors- the salad looks great! Who needs cake anyways?

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