*to those interested, birthday update at the bottom of the page
Whenever I mention healthy eating, people’s automatic reaction is, “I hate salad.” Let me share something, me too. The typical restaurant salad is cold, unsavory, and wholly unsatisfying. But I’ve recently determined that they’re doing it wrong. As I’ve mentioned before, my current lifestyle goal is only eating grain for lunch and restricting carbs at dinner. This is not to lose weight but to prevent a haphazard insulin spike right before bed. So “salads” have become my go to dinner options and I’ve realized, they’re not all that bad!
To build a great salad just replace whatever carb you were going to use (pasta, rice, potatoes, etc) with dark leafy greens (I prefer spinach). This means that you get the healthy without sacrificing the hot and savory.
Recently, in the vain of cooking a big portion of one thing, I made cooked a big batch of lentils and steamed some extra veggies I had lying in my fridge. Here is the result:
^ Start with the leafy green base. Don’t worry, it will be covered up soon.
^ Add whatever warm veggies you decided to cook. I have zucchini, red bell peppers, and eggplant.
^ Pile on whatever protein you want. I made lentils but you could do any kind of meat or legume.
^ Top it off with a healthy fat like goat or sheep cheese (pretty much lactose free) and some oil based dressing like balsamic or italian. And enjoy!
* Final note: My birthday ended up being quite wonderful. My coworkers remembered and even gave me gifts. I got so much love through this blog and facebook and texting and phone calls. AND Mike came home from his business trip early! He surprised me at work with flowers, a bottle of wine, and a Gap coat that I’ve been eyeing for months. What wonderful people I have in my life. Thanks everyone 🙂
Today, just smile.
My partner makes great salads. He adds Garbanzo beans, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, raisins and apples. Not always all of them at the same time, but enough to make it interesting!
Yum! There are so many options. Any kind of dried fruit, normal fruit, cooked or uncooked veggies, and legumes. Plus all the cheeses. And leafy greens. The possibilities are endless.
looks yummy, but I have a problem loving eggplant. mabe Im cooking it wrong. I think I could eat one of these salads every day but I love raspberry vinegrette dressing. its probly bad, not sure!
Any kind of vinaigrette dressing can actually be awesome. Just make sure to check the label for any chemical ingredients or added sugar. If you can’t find one you like, try making a big batch of your own and put it in bell jars. Dressing keeps for a long time.
Let me know how it goes.