Christmas is only a couple (and a half) weeks away (how can that be!?) and I’m having the hardest time thinking about or doing anything that doesn’t involve holiday prep or family time. Unfortunately all other tasks have taken a backseat, including any kind of self-care. Let’s just say my abs, nails, hair and eyebrows could use some serious TLC. A little extra sleep would probably be a good thing too. I’m guessing you guys can relate!?

And even though I helped Poppy inhale a small bag of fish crackers on Thursday while we meandered through Target, I’ve made sure to feed my body healthy stuff too and this salad makes it super easy! It’s also been my go-to side dish for get-togethers lately and after so many requests for a recipe I figured it was time to share something more official than a verbal list of salad fixings.

Just looking at that pic makes me feel healthier, LOL, but here’s the recipe so you can try it at home. Assuming you like arugula and pesto, it will not disappoint!


  • 5 oz baby arugula, chopped (don’t ask me why, but it’s not the same without chopping!)
  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 8 oz grape/cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, shaved almonds, sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • 4 tablespoons pesto
  • parmesan to top, optional
  • bite sized salami or chicken, optional
  • salt and pepper to taste


Toss together arugula (or sub with spring mix), quinoa, tomatoes, nut or seed of choice and pesto. Add olive oil to thin pesto if you like so it coats more like a dressing. Top with parm and choice of meat (optional) and serve!

It’s so simple, but so full of flavor! I make it at least a few times a week for lunch, dinner and even breakfast with a fried egg on top.

Another thing I’ve been good about (which is a pretty short list!) is using my detox mama roller! The combination of grapefruit and cypress boosts your immune system and energy while decreasing toxins, inflammation, anxiety and appetite and it smells delish!

With that in mind, MONDAY is the last chance to shop the holiday pop-up! Everything will ship on Tuesday and should take 2-3 days to arrive.

Thanks for all the love and feedback on wednesday’s video… If you missed it, go take a peek HERE.

Happy weekend you guys!

xo, Rae




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