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Lentil and Sweet Potato Salad

December 5, 2013

I’m not gonna lie, transferring the blog from blogger to wordpress was a serious pain in the ass. I’m more than happy with the results now (still working on the mobile site) but for a few too many days the blog basically took over my life. I’ve always said that I want to blog about my life, not live for the blog. So after the blog craziness of those few days I took a short break from blogging. Conveniently you were all too busy eating turkey, celebrating Hanukkah or didn’t care enough to notice.

lentil and sweet potato saladCurrently I am working full-time with two part-time jobs so trying to find time to have a social life let alone blog is a challenge. I promised myself that I would never cancel plans in my “real” life in order to blog. I stuck pretty close to my guns on this one until the transfer. I ended up not just cancelling one plan that weekend, but five. I managed to garner a reputation as a serious flake in under 48 hours. So clearly a blogging break was and will likely again be necessary.

lentil and sweet potato salad 1One thing to come of the transfer is that I’ve been forced to go over a lot of my older content to fix the alignment, picture size and recipes in these posts. For some reason ReciPage is being annoying with WordPress so I now have to go through and reorganize all of my recipes. It’s ended up being a good thing because I’ve begun to notice a few patterns in my blogging/recipes. As it turns out, I like breakfast food and desserts a lot. I know, shocker. I obviously blog about the foods I would want to eat so it’s really no surprise that these two make up 2/3 of my recipes, but I can’t help but feel it might be time I diversify.

lentil and sweet potato salad 2I tend to stick to recipes I know will work out. I’m just not the kind of person who handles failure in stride. But in my attempts to embrace change I’ve learned that growth only happens when you step outside of your comfort zone. I know this Lentil and Sweet Potato Salad is not a particularly risk-taking recipe, but for a healthy living blog I’ve posted exactly 5 salads so clearly it was one place to start.

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Lentil & Sweet Potato Salad

PREP TIME 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of dry green lentils (or 1 19oz can of cooked lentils)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 3 cups kale, chopped
  • 3 T balsamic
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese

Instructions

  1. 1. Soak lentils in water for at least 30 mins. *Skip this step and steps 5-7 if using canned lentils.
  2. 2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. 3. Chop up sweet potato into bite-sized pieces. Spray or drizzle lightly with olive oil.
  4. 4. Bake for 30-35 mins.
  5. 5. Rinse lentils and then add to a medium-sized pot and cover with water.
  6. 6. Bring lentils to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat to medium-low and cook uncovered for 20 mins.
  7. 7. Lentils are done when all of the water has been absorbed.
  8. 8. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and the kale to lentils and cook over low heat until kale has wilted.
  9. 9. Stir in sweet potatoes, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, thyme, dijon mustard and salt and pepper.
  10. 10. Let cool slightly before adding goat cheese (unless you want it melted in).
  11. 11. Keeps in refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  12. *I wish I had doubled this recipe so I highly suggest doing that!

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I could live off of breakfast food and snack bars forever, but I really want to know what you want to see.

More salads? Mains? Meat? Vegan? Gluten-free? Sweets? What do you want to see more of? Help me out here folks!

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    Amy @ The Little Honey Bee
    December 5, 2013 at 5:25 am

    This looks soooo good! Davs, your pics are actually awesome. And the text on the photos… teach me your ways! Love it. I couldn’t get Recipage to work properly for WordPress (something with my theme makes it funny) but I applaud your commitment to making it happen. It all looks beautiful so you are obviously doing something right 🙂

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    December 5, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Ugh, computer stuff totally ticks time away from us, doesn’t it? It makes me insane. Just doing something that sounds simple requires the minimum of 3 hours. And switching to self-hosted? I wanted to pull my brains out. I only switched over from wordpress.com and had them guide the transfer for me and I was still nauseous. I noticed a bunch of my old posts still have the photos screwed up and I just can’t deal with that at the moment and may never. There is only so much we can do. I try to remember that it all can’t get done at once and what really matters is the quality of our writing. I love this recipe today btw, I often combine lentils and sweet potatoes but realized I haven’t bought lentils in a while so I think it is now on my list for today!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 6, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      Awesome stuff! Hope you enjoy 🙂 I have trouble remembering there is only 1 of me and I can’t do it all. I definitely have a habit of stressing myself out but hopefully in the New Year I can learn how to tone it down 🙂

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    December 5, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Haha wow kudos to you for going through and fixing up all your old posts. When I switched I had been blogging on Blogger for 4.5 years, so there was no way I was going back and fixing everything. Even though it bugs me, it’s just something I have to let go so that I don’t spend the next year of my life trying to fix it all! 😛

    Love the look of this salad. Sweet potatoes + lentils + goat cheese go so well together!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 6, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      HAven’t quite gotten through all of them but eventually I will! If I had 4.5 years worth of posts I probably wouldn’t!

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    Jo @ LIVING MINT GREEN
    December 5, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Hi friend! Hows your week going? I need this salad for lunch today! But, unfortunately, I have stupid salmon leftovers to finish up. 🙁
    I’m really enjoying the new blog layout – it looks so much cleaner and I like that my user ID actually works when I comment. Yay yay yay!

    I’m going to say post more salad mixes – I’m always looking for simple/easy lunch ideas & ways to switch things up.

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    December 5, 2013 at 7:24 am

    This is something I need to do. I used to be a little more adventurous with my recipes, but lately all I’ve been posting are baked goods and sweet treats because they’re what I feel most comfortable and creative with. I have tonnes of ideas swirling around in my head when it comes to desserts, but actual meals? Ehhh not so much. Give me a kick in the butt, please?

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    kathy @ vodka and soda
    December 5, 2013 at 7:30 am

    your kitchen skills never ceases to amaze me. you remind me of my good friend, Marie, who is a warlock in the kitchen. she can take cardboard and water and come up with the most amazing things just like you. TEACH ME. FEED ME.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 6, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      I’m not so sure how successful I would be with water and cardboard…and you know I’m always willing to feed you!

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    December 5, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Wow girl you are so busy! How on earth do you blog so often? Seriously impressed! Also mad impressed that you are going back and fixing your old posts- that is commitment I’m not sure I’d have!

    This salad looks delicious- I love a good hearty salad in the winter!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 6, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      I have no idea. I think I might be out of my mind! Blogging is what I look forward to doing so at the end of the day I just want to come home and write! But yeah…it’s getting out of hand haha

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    December 5, 2013 at 7:40 am

    I may be the only one, but I am thrilled that you’re going to post more recipes that don’t involve breakfast. Don’t get me wrong, your pancakes are all beautiful, but considering that breakfast is my least favorite, least cooked meal, I’m excited to try out some of your other stuff! So that’s my vote – anything other than breakfast (or anything that you think I’d like, because clearly you write this blog so that I can get new food ideas).

    Also, I second what Amy said. That first picture with the text is so amazing and so over my head that I’m a little bit in awe right now. You’re outta my league girl!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 6, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Oh shhhhsh YOU are out of my league you beautiful creature you! And noted, I’ll ease off on the breakfast 😉

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    James
    December 5, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Yeah seriously, your pictures are so good. Mine look like a 3 year old took them with the original camera phone haha. More mains! I mean, I love all of your recipes, so any are welcome 🙂

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    December 5, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Mmm I love lentils so pretty much any lentil recipe is golden in my book! I really love simple and easy meals–ones like this! I know it’s a salad but between the protein in the lentils, starch in the potatoes, and greens from the kale, I feel like it would make a light and easy dinner, which I’m in need of this time of year 🙂

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    Christina @ Pinch of Healthy
    December 5, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Love the simplicity of this recipe, will be making this asap. Oh and I know I’m pretty late on this one but the blog design looks great!!

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    Reba- Not So Perfect Life
    December 5, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I like wordpress so much more. Moving things is always going to be a pain but it will pay off. I like the layout!

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    Dale
    December 5, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Literally cannot wait to make this!!! Looks incredible Davs. Miss you!

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    Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers
    December 5, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Ahh, the only thing my hubby will eat is the cheese, but I love it all. 🙂

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    Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour
    December 5, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I am hoping to switch over to WordPress next year but the whole process seems a little overwhelming! Everything looks great on the website!

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    Danielle @ LabelsAreForTinCans
    December 5, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I always enjoy the introductions to your recipes 🙂 Sorry to hear the transfer was so all-consuming! Two part-time jobs. How do you have time for anything?

    That is very funny to notice themes in what you blog about and recipes you make! I like breakfast a lot so I definitely don’t mind. Haha

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    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    December 5, 2013 at 10:10 am

    this needs to be added to my lunch rotation stat! I am obsessed with lentils, kale, butternut squash and goat cheese!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    December 5, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I definitely ‘stick to what I know’ when it comes to my blog recipes – I’ve realized that even though I love desserts and breakfasts, I don’t actually have a lot of recipes for them on my blog because I’m not overly comfortable with coming up with my own recipes for them. Need to push my boundaries with that a little more, I think.
    And switching hosts = pain in the ass, for sure. When I switched to self-hosted, I did it myself and basically crossed every digit I have that I didn’t make something implode.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 6, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      I may have imploded a tiny bit at 4:00am on a Saturday night…but we’re just going to pretend it didn’t happen! I’m sort of excited to venture into new territory. Can’t wait to see what you whip up!

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    Selena @thenutritiouskitchen.com
    December 5, 2013 at 10:20 am

    You had me at sweet potato! I’m not big on salads anymore that only involve “lettuce” and a piece of chicken. Ugh how boring and non fulfilling is that?! Now this though, is totally my style! Sweet potatoes + lentils..I never woulda though of combining those but it sounds like the perfect comfort food bowl for a cold night 🙂 It’s getting pinned!!
    And I can totally relate to the whole “feeling like a flake” thing to work on the blog. I’ve found myself doing that one too many times. Finding that right balance in life can be difficult sometimes…I’m definitely still workin on it!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 6, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks Selena! We can work on it together 🙂 It’s crazy how easily a blog can take over your life!

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    FitBritt@MyOwnBalance
    December 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Oh I feel ya on the picture thing. When I redesigned my site, I had to resize all my photos. Confession, I’m still working on it. It was such a big task u couldn’t do it all right away!

    You are such an amazing blogger and I love everything you post! I guess I would like to see more mains because that is what I usually make!

    Also, I had no idea you worked so much! Damn girl!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 6, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      I know…I’m crazy. I can’t sit still! Noted and totally agree I should work on more mains!

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    Christa @ Sit-ups & Sequins
    December 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

    It just so happens I have sweet potatoes, lentils and goat cheese at home. I think I’m meant to make this dish. It looks SO good! Lately, I’ve been getting really bored with my lunch choices so I’ll be giving this a try ASAP. By the way, love the new look of the blog! 🙂

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    Caitlin
    December 5, 2013 at 11:13 am

    This recipe will be in my life. It is amazing. It is everything. That is all.

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    Leslee @ Her Happy Balance
    December 5, 2013 at 11:15 am

    This is such an interesting combination of flavors (especially the maple syrup!) i never would have come up with something like this on my own. I need to add more kale to my diet, this could be one potential way to accomplish that. As always, lovely photos 🙂

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    Cassie
    December 5, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I can’t wait to try this!

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    Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear?
    December 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Any recipe with sweet potatoes and I’m probably going to like it 😉

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    December 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I definitely want to make this! I never cook with lentils and I’m trying to “think outside the box” so I may start with this. I also have sweet potatoes and goat cheese in my kitchen at the moment!

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    Cailee @ http://hellohealthyeating.com
    December 5, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    This looks amazing!! I absolutely LOVE sweet potatoes! Sometimes I even eat them cold 🙂 And lentils are great for protein! YUM 🙂

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    Nicole @ FruitnFitness
    December 5, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    This sounds really good, two of my current favorites. I think blog breaks, or trying nt to worry about your blog and get school work done/hang out with friends and family is important!

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    December 5, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I took a blogging break too. It’s a good thing and totally understandable. Got to live life! You’ve done a great job with the new layout. This recipe looks great and I’m sure I could find some vegan cheese to use in it. I vote more vegan dinners (but I’m partial). I love all your recipes and most are naturally vegan or can be made vegan with simple substitutes. Have a great day! 🙂

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 6, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      Thanks Em! I love experimenting with different vegan recipes. I will definitely try to include more vegan variety in the future 🙂

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    Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy
    December 5, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I don’t know how you do it all with three jobs AND a blog! Wow. I transferred my blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org a while ago and then switched web hosts later too. Both of those transfers were such a pain and TOTALLY took over my life as well. Crazy. I hope things calm down for you soon. I’m lovin’ that Lentil and Sweet Potato salad though….sooooo yummy!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 6, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      I don’t know either! I think I might be a little crazy. So happy the transfer is done though. I’m finally able to get a little sleep haha

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    Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake
    December 5, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Davida, this looks delicious. I love all the flavours. It would be the perfect lunch to take to work for me.

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    Heather Murphy
    December 5, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Love this combo! Kale, sweet potatoes and goat cheese?? These are a few of my favorite things! 🙂 the blog looks beautiful, just like all your recipes and you, of course! Sorry it’s been such a pain, but we definitely appreciate it!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 6, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      You’re actually the best Heather! Thank you for your sweet comment. You know I love you and MMLOF 🙂

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    Monica
    December 5, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I’m totally in agreement about not living for the blog (unless you want to) but kudos to you for managing the transfer. I use blogger and I have a strong suspicion I need to change but since I only recently managed to drop the “blogspot” from my address and I’m totally not up for re-vamping or investing much time on my blog (boy, I sound lazy), I think I’ll leave things alone for a bit. The salad – I adore lentils and sweet potatoes – looks delicious! I love recipes like this but I say blog about whatever you like! It’s your world! : )

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 6, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      I don’t blame you for leaving things alone! It was really a pain in the butt so you have to be prepared for it. Baby steps 🙂 And thank you so much for your support. I SO appreciate it!

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    December 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    You’re so right: moving from blogger to wordpress is such a pain in the ass :–( All my older recipes still look really weird, and I’ve got no time to fix them! But I guess it’s alright as I don’t want the blog to take over my life and stuff, so I suppose they’ll look like that for so so long ;–)
    Your new site looks amazing, though. And so does this salad!
    Funny thing is that I was also browsing trough my old recipes in oder to write the recipe index, and all I blog about are breakfast and dessert. I’ve got only 5 salad recipes!! lol

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 6, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      We are basically the same person! But I would never want you to stop posting buttermilk pancakes and browned butter cakes! They are what I look forward to 🙂

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    Mary Frances
    December 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    “I want to blog about life, not the blog be my life” -> that is so well said! Like I said, I do not want to switch but I know I’ll have to at some point *sigh* This salad – sweet potatoes, goat cheese and dijon – what more do I need? Um, some more dessert recipes! No, just kidding, you’ve got a great variety of recipes – really. My favorite recent posts have been your pumpkin cornbread stuffing and your peppermint waffles … don’t know if that answers the question or not! You’re doing great; keep it up!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    December 5, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Dude, your pictures are amazing and what is with all these jobs? Busy little DW.

    Any recipe you make is without a doubt a winner…just cut down on the legumes…(the selfish me can’t eat too many)

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    Dina
    December 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    i’m looking for recipes that sound healthy and delicious. this sounds great!

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    Christie @ Kissesandkale.blogspot.com
    December 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I love your new site Davida! It seems like all the hard work paid off. 🙂 I love recipes like this during the winter.

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    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run
    December 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    yum! i like the simple ingredient list. sweet taters and lentils are such a great combo!

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    Lindsay @ Shiny Love Affair
    December 5, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I wish this was in front of me right now. It looks so good. I love lentils and sweet potato. Such a perfect combo. I really love all of your recipes so keep ’em coming! Salads and breakfast tend to be my favourite though 🙂

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 6, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Me tooo…come over? We can cook this and chill. That sounds kind of awesome right about now. Oh and please keep up the breakfast recipes! Those gingerbread pancakes are still on my mind!

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    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living
    December 5, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I remember when I switched over to WordPress – I left a lot of my older recipes in the old recipe format. It was a lot of work converting over, but so worth it. WordPress is much easier to use I’ve found than Blogger after I got used to it. Loving this nutrient dense salad you came up with. Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season and hopefully time to hang out with your friends 🙂

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    Sarah & Arkadi
    December 5, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Love the goat cheese on the salad!

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    Madison @ Eating 4 Balance
    December 5, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I tend to post recipes similar recipes as you and need to start diversifying as well! This is a great (and delicious) start 🙂

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    Julia
    December 5, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    It’s good to have you back! This salad looks great and so does your new site!

    I love lentils, adore breakfast foods, and and am constantly collecting (and pinning) recipes for desserts! On a practical level though, I always appreciate new healthy lunch options. So that would be my answer to your question.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 6, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks Julia! I totally agree on the healthy lunch options. I personally need more of those because my boring salads and frozen waffles are getting kind of old!

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    Megan (The Lyons' Share)
    December 5, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    So sorry that the transfer caused you so much drama and stress. That totally stinks. I have NO idea how you’re working so much and continuing to produce such an amazing job. Mad props to you, lady!! I love this recipe because it looks like something I would eat in a heartbeat (actually made lentil and sweet potato chili last weekend), BUT I think the best recipes come from what you truly love. I’m not really a gifted baker, so your sweet recipes just seem that much more amazing to me!!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 6, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      I have no idea either! But then again I don’t understand how you work as hard as you do and still have time for your amazing blog! I guess when you love something you just find the time 🙂 And you know I’ll never stop baking!!

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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    December 6, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Keep the salads comin’! This looks amazing. I love it!

    I’ve also been updating a few things with my recipes and it made me realize I have a serious lack of breakfast items! We’re opposites. Oh, and sides. I have one pitiful little side item.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 6, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      Well those gingerbread pancakes were one serious start! Sounds like we may need to blog swap for day!

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    Tonya@Healthy, Fit, and Frugal
    December 6, 2013 at 12:22 am

    I love lentils and I love goat cheese, so I have to try this. Everyone in the healthy and fitness blog world seems to cook these amazing and healthy meals! And then takes great pics of them. I’m so envious! 🙂

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 6, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      Goat cheese makes everything better 🙂 And thank you! For the record you are definitely a contributor to the amazing healthy living blogs!

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    December 6, 2013 at 12:33 am

    I love lentils and sweet potatoes, yum! In fact, I made lentil soup for dinner tonight.

    I hear you on pain in the butt blog backend stuff, but you’ll have such a sense of accomplishment once it’s all completed!

    Also, I think that a break from blogging is absolutely necessary sometimes. I blog because I love it, and I made a promise to myself to never blog if I really don’t want to blog that day. Kudos to you, take a break when you need it — we’ll be there when you come back! 😉

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    Tara
    December 6, 2013 at 12:42 am

    It is always nice to take a blogging break every now and then. I use to be really anal about posting MWF and one time I couldn’t because computer issues and now I feel like I’m taking advantage of not blogging!

    Then I remember I do it for free and I don’t have to answer to anyone (aka me). 🙂

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 6, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Oh the schedule sooooo went out the window ages ago. Now if I have something to say or a recipe to post it goes up when I have time. The rest of the time I’m running around like a crazy person!

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    December 6, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Oh girlie! I can imagine what you’re going through! When my blog got a virus back in May, I seriously went out of my mind…and stuck by my computer’s side for a whole week waiting for updates from my web guy! Blogging breaks are most definitely necessary at any time…but especially when it gets to a point where it feels like work!

    I’d say my recipes are probably about 75% breakfast and you know, sometimes I feel like I should diversify more and sometimes I’m just like, eh whatevs! Haha! Right now I’m feeling the latter, but I think that’s just because I haven’t really had a stomach for anything besides scrambled eggs, toast, and bananas for the last two days! Eh, maybe I’ll make it a New Year’s resolution? 😉

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 6, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      I think I would have a very real mental breakdown if my blog got a virus!!! You are the pancake queen and don’t you ever forget that! Keep em’ coming!

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    Melissa @ Fit 'n' Well Mommy
    December 6, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Love this! I wouldn’t think to combine lentils with sweet potatoes, but I can see how they work well together.

    Taking blogging breaks every now and then is so necessary! It shouldn’t ever feel like work, so definitely take some time to enjoy life. You deserve it!

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    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats
    December 6, 2013 at 2:22 am

    This looks delicious, but since I can’t eat legumes without stomach pains unfortunately I can’t eat it. So if selfishly I can put in a request for a vegetarian meal that doesn’t contain quinoa / wheat or legumes? 😉 But I love all recipes that you post!!

    I remember when I switched to self hosting and I stayed up much later than usual and the next day at work I was so overtired from it and just obsessed about it all day. Then I realized I just needed to take a chill pill, I know I’ve been guilty sometimes of not cancelling plans to work on my blog but sometimes not making as many to work on my blog which is not always a good thing, so I may need to take a leaf out of your book and do a blog break too.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 6, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      Can you ship me some of those chill pills? I need them in my life haha. Finding a balance between real life and blog life is hard. If you have any tips, feel free to share!

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    Things I'm Loving Friday - For Love of Carrots
    December 6, 2013 at 8:31 am

    […] This recipe, thank you Davida. I can tell you I will be obsessed with it. […]

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    Kierston @candyfit
    December 6, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Looks fabulous…your recipe and your site!

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    Kumar's Kitchen
    December 6, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    toothsome salad,beautiful colors,loads of flavor and absolutely perfect for this season,thanks 🙂

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    Cassie
    December 6, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    ALL of your recipes are so amazing (you don’t understand what a hit your pumpkin snickerdoodles were at work… I had to take them in to stop myself from eating them all). I always love to see more mains and meats because those are things that I have more trouble with… but I’m like you… I have a sweet tooth so the things I like to make most are breakfast & desserts!

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    Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.
    December 6, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Awww this recipe has so many things I love all rolled into one!!! Can’t wait to make this. Delish!

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    Shawn @ Fruity 'N' Nutty
    December 7, 2013 at 3:09 am

    Good thing the transfer is worth it, I absolutely love the way your blog looks now!!! I’ve never had a job before and can’t even imagine how you can juggle so many and still have time to work on your fabulous blog. Kind of like a modern day wonder woman. 🙂

    Yum, this salad looks really delicious. But I sure don’t mind if you continue focusing heavily on dessert and breakfast foods since those two are my favorites. 😉

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    cait @pieceofcait
    December 7, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I think im going to take a second attempt on making my blog be self hosted. I had no idea what I was getting myself into the first time and was LOST IN THE SAUCE and didn’t finish it. I’d love to hear more on the process! And this recipe looks so so good. I love sweet potatoes<3

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    Karey @ Nutty About Health
    December 7, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Sorry about all the blog time… it takes forever doesn’t it?! Your blog looks great though & I’ve been meaning to tell you that your header is great!! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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    {MIMM} Weekend Recap 12/06-12/08 - The Healthy Maven
    December 8, 2013 at 10:53 pm

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    Rika
    December 9, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Glad you transferred to WP, it is a lengthy process indeed! I had green lentils in Argentina and love them on rice & patacones (fried plantains), so tasty! They are the most expensive lentils in the country, too! I would love to see the truly talented Davida’s vegan pastries and desserts!

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    Aimee / Wallflower Girl
    December 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I am so trying this! Sounds like heaven, and as always, I love that it’s healthy too!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats
    December 13, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Love the new blog look! So happy your blogger->wordpress transfer went as smoothly as it could have. I’m sure if this is the first time you’ve cancelled on friends, they won’t think you’re a flake 😉

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    Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma)
    December 18, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    YUM and your photography is beautiful!! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    Hope your week is great!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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    30 Quick and Easy Vegetarian Recipes
    January 10, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    […] Lentil and Sweet Potato Salad from The Healthy […]

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    Jess
    January 12, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    I’m trying to make this right now, am I missing something? I don’t see where it says how much water to add to the lentils in the pot. Do I just cover them, or is there a specific amount? Thank you 🙂

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 12, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      I’m so sorry! How did I forget that? Yes, cover them which comes out to about 2 cups. Hope it turns out well for ya!

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    Marvelous Monday - For Love of Carrots
    February 3, 2014 at 8:46 am

    […] Marvelous is: getting the apartment to myself to not watch the super bowl. I have zero interest in the super bowl so I was happy that Jeff had plans to go to his friends house. I did watch the puppy bowl! Brady and I had dinner with my parents. My dad made his famour wings and I made my favorite salad from Davida! […]

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    Tips and recipes for packing a healthy lunch - Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    March 2, 2015 at 6:01 am

    […] Chickpea Quinoa Salad via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen Lentil and Sweet Potato Salad via The Healthy Maven Asian Quinoa Salad via Two Peas and their Pod Roasted Chickpea Salad with […]

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    rachel
    March 12, 2015 at 3:05 am

    Funny how every one’s potato salad is different. Some have mustard and olives, sometimes both! But my husband loves– wait for it…TUNA FISH in his! Crazy, I know.

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