Tonight’s Supper- Salad a la Mama Goose

7 Jul

I know that a lot of times salad can seem boring (cue the Debbie Downer music)….Wah Wah Wah . 

Well, not the kind of salads that I make!!  They key is to add delicious foods that complement one another. I am sure that most of you have heard that  salads actually  have a tendency to be fattening. If you are dumping loads of ranch dressing, cheese and bacon bits on it, then yes they can be. Isn’t there a book out now that has a title like, Skinny Girls Don’t Eat Salad (or something like that)?

Here are a few tips to learning to love the ensaladas-

Dressings– 1.Make your own! A nice olive oil based dressing with lemon zest, salt, chives and honey is healthy and delish!
2.Use salsa as a dressing! I really like to use mango peach salsa as a salad dressing! It had virtually no calories, a great flavor, and keeps your salad from being too dry!
3.Measure 2 tablespoons (one servings size) of dressing before you pour over your salad. This saves on calories and allows the flavors of your veggies to come through.

Lettuce- 1. Buy fresh organic lettuce from your local farmer’s market. You will be able to tell a difference!
2. If you are used to a certain type of lettuce, switch it up! I love using baby spinach( great source of iron and vitamin K) and topping it with Salmon and strawberries.

Veggies- 1. Bring on the peppers! Learn what flavors and spice you like, and pile them on!
2. Grow your own! Jarrod and I love having a garden, and it is so rewarding to be able to pick your own veggies and eat them for dinner!

Cheese-  1. Don’t over do it!
2. Grate fresh part skim mozzarella, shave fresh Parmesan, or crumble fresh goat cheese for a creamy flavor!

Meats/ Protein –

  1. I usually add chopped  hardboiled egg whites (only 15 cals each). They are filling and have a great texture.
  2. 2 Grilled fish works nicely on a salad. It sounds like a lot of work, but if Jarrod isn’t up for grilling, I just throw the fish on my Geroge Foreman Grill ( this makes                       me laugh and think of Michael Scott)
  3. Chicken- grilled, baked, or rotisserie!

Fruits (all of my faves)-

 

  1. Blueberries
  2.  avocado
  3.  Blackberries
  4.  Cherries
  5.  Watermelon
  6. Dried Cranberries
  7. Strawberries

Nuts- (preferably toasted or candied)

  1. Walnuts
  2. Almonds
  3. Pecans

Tonight’s salad (all organic)– mixed greens, hardboiled eggs, a small amount of reduced fat part skim mozzarella cheese, toasted pecans, fresh vanilla bell peppers,green bell peppers, and tomatoes( all 3 from my sister in law’s garden), banana peppers and jalapeno (from our garden), blackberries (from our CSA box), my homemade guacamole, dried cranberries, and red onion. Since I was running around all day, we used a small amount of Whole Foods 365 Sesame Garlic Dressing, and I shredded the Herb Crusted Rotisserie chicken on top.

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