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3 Yummy Salads (Including The Famous Kardashian Chinese Chicken Salad) To Get You Wedding Ready In No Time

3 Yummy Salads (Including The Famous Kardashian Chinese Chicken Salad) To Get You Wedding Ready In No Time!

Wanna wear a cropped two-piece style reminiscent of the custom Badgley Mishka wedding gown worn by Morgan Stewart for her wedding to Brendan Fitzpatrick on #RichKids of Beverly Hills?

Morgan's custom couture wedding gown by Badgley Mishka.
Morgan’s custom couture wedding gown by Badgley Mishka.

 

Here is a great tummy-flattening week of salads to get you into a cropped two-piece or fit-and-flare in no time flat.

There’s nothing like curling up on the couch with a favorite show and a snack, and while you’re watching your favorite E! shows, #RichKids of Beverly Hills and Keeping up with the Kardashians, get the look and the flavor with this similar wedding gown, and Kardashian inspired Chinese Chicken Salad.

Willowy 56115 Lanikai Crop Top with three-quarter sleeves in lace, topped with a bateau neckline.
Willowy 56115 Lanikai Crop Top with three-quarter sleeves in lace, topped with a bateau neckline.
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Get creative: take the skirt of this Rachel Allan 7134 and pair it with the Lanai Crop to recreate the look.

Believe it or not the Kardashian tastebuds are not all that sophisticated. A look at Kris Jenner’s cookbook, In the Kitchen With Kris, will show you that. The recpies range from simple nachos ala Nicole Brown Simpson, to a pate that uses chicken liver in lieu of foie gras. Even Kanye has been known to chow down on Doritos and In N Out Burger on the regs. There is one recipe that they left out, however.

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The bottom half of this two-piece Tarik Ediz 92638 dress takes the look to an even more elevated level!

If you watch KUWTK you’ve seen those gorgeous salads the Kardashian sisters always eat from clear plastic bowls. The Kardashian favorite salad is the famous Health Nut Chinese Chicken Salad. The choice salads come from a restaurant called Health Nut located in Woodland Hills/Calabasas. If you can’t make it out to southern California for a truly Kardashian salad, here’s our take on the famous of bowl of goodness.

If planning a trip to Calabasas to go to the Health Nut is out of the question, try our take on the famous Kardashian Chinese Chicken Salad.

Health Nut’s Chinese chicken salad is actually a bit underwhelming. We’ve amped ours up a bit with a few swaps.

Health Nut uses picked ginger, lettuce, and fried chow main noodles for their Chinese Chicken salad. I’m not too keen on any any of those things, especially pickled ginger because prepared brands typically contain artificial colors and sweeteners, so I substituted cabbage for lettuce, grated radish for pickled ginger, and crushed rice crackers for the chow mien noodles.

Kardashian Health Nut Inspired Chinese Chicken Salad

1/2 cup shredded cold rotisserie chicken breast

2 cups finely shredded angel hair cabbage

2 grated carrots

3-4 grated radishes

1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro

2tbs kraft light asian dressing (this has HFCS in it as the sweetener so making your own with agave or honey might be better if you are really counting carbs. This dressing has 6 grams of sugar per serving.)

a few drops of sesame oil

top with crushed rice crackers, the teriyaki or spicy lime are great!

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If you wish chopped peanuts, almonds, or cashews ( the thai chili flavor cashews from Trader Joe’s are super yummy but contain rice bran oil), lime zest, scallions, a splash of ACV (apple cider vinegar) are also nice additions.

Getting in shape for the wedding is tough, especially when you’re constantly exposed to tempting foods all around.

Weather you’re getting in shape for a wedding or just slimming down for summer fashions, salads are always a great way to get in your veggies and fiber. They fill you up, and if you choose a healthy dressing and limit the extras, salads are a great way to help get you to your weight loss goal. Here’s another great salad to help you along the way.

Salad #2:  Fruit, Nuts, Cheese, and Greens (Vegetarian), Inspired by Kourtney’s favorite cobb salad.

This vegetarian salad does not use chicken in leu of the cheese and nuts, which provide protein. You will not miss the chicken. It can easily be made vegan bit leaving out the cheese.

Kale or spinach, arugula, whatever greens you like best

Nuts, pecans, pistachio, sunflower sees, or soy nuts

Fruit apple, pear, strawberries, blueberry, mango whatever you like or a combination

Cheese: Cumbled blue, goat, or feta

Black Pepper fresh grated

balsamic vinegar

Red peppers, white meat chicken, a hard boiled egg, garbanzo beans, black beans, are all great extras for this salad.

Dieting is hard. : (  When all you want is greasy Mexican food, you Mexi-CAN with this super salad!  This is like a low carb version of Enchiladas.

Tortilla-less Chicken Enchilada Warm Salad

1/2 cup Shredded Rotisserie Chicken

1/4 cup Rick Bayless Red Enchilada Sauce (in the bag available at Walmart) it has wholesome ingredients and is super low-cal.

Generous handful of Shredded angel hair cabbage

A little sprinkle of grated cheddar cheese (optional)

A spoonful of Greek yogurt (optional)

Frozen corn niblets, pickled Mexican carrots, jalapeños, and black beans also make great toppings for this “salad” type entree.

Swap out lunch, breakfast, or dinner, for an amazing salad.  To make a week’s worth of interesting salads that or worthy of any restaurant at a fraction of the price, here’s your shopping list.

Here’s your shopping list to make all three salads:

1 rotisserie chicken, do not eat any skin and give the dark meat to your cat or dog. (Buying chicken breasts and cooking them yourself may be easier for you, but in the summer, spend your time exercising, and who wants to heat up their home in the heat anyway?)

throw some thermogenic herbs and spices in there whenever you can. you probably won’t even taste  them them and it’s a win win on fiber and antioxidants either way. it can’t hurt so why not.

Bunch of Kale

Bag or box of Spinach

Radishes

Cilantro

Parsley

Black Pepper Corns

Turmeric

Nuts or seeds

Fresh fruit or berries, Pears, apples, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries,

balsamic vinegar

A small bag of carrots or pregrated carrots

Sesame oil

Cabbage, whole or pregrated, I can never seem to get the same thin texture of the bagged Angel Hair Cabbage at Walmart, so I usually just buy that. Maybe I should get a mandolin slicer.

Feta, Blue, or Goat cheese

Health nut sells their own dressings at their restaurant in Calabasas, but they don’t ship them as of this time. The Kraft Lite Asian Sesame with a few drops of sesame oil is very close.

Hint: When making salad dressings, leave out the oil, unless it’s a flavorful one like the sesame oil in the Chinese chicken salad. you won’t even miss it. replace with a little sprinkle of Himalayan pink salt or a squeeze of citrus.

If you have turmeric, freshly grated black pepper, and chia seed on hand, go head and throw them in!

Good luck on shedding for the wedding, and we hope you enjoy these delicious salads!

Mori Lee 2876 Wedding Dress

Bride Got Back

Mori Lee Julietta Corset Back Wedding Dress with ribbon lacing.
Mori Lee Julietta Corset Back Wedding Dress with ribbon lacing.

If you haven’t given much thought to the back of your wedding gown, you ought to. While walking down the aisle, and standing at the alter, the back of your gown will be making the biggest first impression to your guests. While saying your vows, the back of your dress is what people will be seeing for the majority of the ceremony.

If you are purchasing gowns online it is imperative to see the back before you buy. Most reputable websites have multiple views of their gowns, don’t forget to click on them. There’s nothing worse than getting a dress only to find the back isn’t what you were expecting.

An open back can work with you, or against you. At your fitting take advantage of three-way mirrors or have someone snap a picture of you in your gown from the back. Taking the picture yourself with your arm up could give you an unrealistic view and for this experiment you’ll need to see what others are seeing. Don’t forget to also consider your hairstyle and what kind of veil you’ll be wearing, so that the back of your gown is compatible.

When it comes to back styles, there are so many choices it can be dizzying. Here’s the breakdown of the different styles that are out there, what the industry terms are, so you know how to refine your search.

Full Coverage – Covered completely from the shoulder to the waist. Modest wedding dresses will usually have a full coverage back.

Keyhole Back – A small cutout, usually teardrop shaped and placed below the nape of the neck and sometimes the back waist.

Cutout Back – Covered with the exception of a large opening, usual circular or heart shaped. Great for showing a little skin and creating drama without bearing the full back.

Open Back – Open to the waist or sometimes lower. Perfect for showing off that lower back tattoo you got in college. Often found on halter neck gowns.

Scoop Back – Rounded along the bottom, like a scoop neckline. Some scoop backs can scoop daringly low, past the small of the back, making them very eye-catching but bit of a challenge to wear.

Illusion Back – Covered with sheer fabric and beadwork or crystals, creating the “illusion” of gemstones floating on skin.

Corset or Lace-Up Back – Laces closed with a ribbon, sometimes with a panel beneath and sometimes not. A corset back will give your bodice a precision fit and is surprisingly forgiving.

Button Back – Fastens closed with a long row of tiny covered buttons. Both beautiful and traditional, most modern button backs are faux, with a zipper hidden beneath.

The folks at Mori Lee know this and have put special thought into the design of the backs of their wedding gowns. That is why Mori Lee wedding gowns are made to be gorgeous from every angle.

Details like jeweled criss-crossing straps, and long rows of satin covered buttons will mesmerize your wedding guests and va va voom mermaid silhouettes will hug your curves and steal the show.

Here are some our favorite backs from Mori Lee’s newest wedding dress collections, Blu, Julietta, and Voyage. Click on the photo to see front views, and other angles.

Mori Lee Voyage Scoop Back wedding dress with jewel encrusted criss-cross straps
Mori Lee Voyage Scoop Back wedding dress with jeweled criss-cross straps
Mori Lee 2889 Illusion Back wedding dress with lace and buttons
Mori Lee 2889 Illusion Back wedding dress with lace and buttons
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Mori Lee Voyage 6837 Wedding Dress V-back with covered buttons.
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Mori Lee Blu 5469 Cutout Back Wedding Dress in Floral Lace
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Mori Lee 2876 Beaded Illusion Back Wedding Dress
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Wedding Dress Designer Highlight: Madeline Gardner of Mori Lee

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Lace and chiffon, covered buttons, and generous trains…We’ve all come love and adore Mori Lee bridal gowns, and bridesmaid dresses, but who is the creative mind behind the design house of Mori Lee?

Designing for Mori Lee for over 20 years, Madeline Gardner brings forth tradition with style in all of her product lines such as Mori Lee Bridal, Brides maids, etc. It makes us wonder who the woman behind the label really is. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, she is a graduate of the famed Fashion Institute of Technology. Madeline is still a Jersey Girl. Now she resides in Hoboken with her husband and two children.

With her immaculate sense of style as well as her ability to bring the latest fashion trends into all of her collections  Madeline Gardner continues to lead the industry in design, manufacturing and distribution with her Mori Lee dress collections.

Here are some of our favorite looks from the one of the latest Mori Lee wedding dress collections, Mori Lee Blu.

 

When you need to look to enhance your curves, or create, them, there is nothing better than an fit-and flare gown.  they hug the hips and create curves in all the all thScreen Shot 2016-05-16 at 11.54.07 AMe right places.

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The Mori Lee Blu 5469 wedding gown is fit-and-flared to perfection. Topped with a plunging V-neckline, this dress floats to a chapel train, sprinkled with lace appliqué. It also has a racer back in sheer floral lace, finished with a back cutout and a row of covered bridal buttons.

 

 

 

Ballgown silhouettes with big skirts and fitted bodicScreen Shot 2016-05-09 at 8.51.04 PMes bring to mind the fairy tales and Disney princesses we dreamt of looking like as children. The Mori Lee 2884 wedding dress features a dropped waist bodice with a lace illusion neckline and short cap sleeves. Its gathered tulle skirt is big and beautiful, in all its stand-out glory.

 

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The Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner 2895 wedding dress stuns with its intricately beaded bodice and tiered ballgown skirt, made with three layers, each with horsehair trim at the edge. Topped with a sweetheart strapless neckline and Swarovski crystal belt, it is the perfect balance of glitz and elegance.

 

 

 

The Mori Lee Voyage 6836 captures romance with its wide V-neckline on a fitted lace bodice. Short cap sleeve graze the shoulders while a Swarovski crystal beaded accent sits at the natural waistline. A billowy A-line skirt with a chapel length train makes for a grand exit.

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