By Stacey | Posted on July 8, 2009 | 2 Comments
Tonight’s menu: Salad bar! Have you ever tried this at your house? There’s almost nothing that can’t be put on a salad. Tonight, we’ll have lettuce, cucumbers, red (it’s really purple) onion, raw sunflower seeds, raw pumpkin seeds, croutons, shredded cheese, boiled eggs chopped, and strips of natural beef lunchmeat.
If you love the rich higher calorie dressings, there are plenty to choose from. Newman’s Own brand dressings impress our family because there are a bunch of yummy flavors and they really do have nicer ingredient lists. We can buy these at Wal-Mart. We also buy those spray-on kind of dressings that don’t really compare to “regular” salad dressing but help you hold down your calories. At this point in my life (and weight) I’d rather eat more salad and toppings with skimpy dressing than less food with luxurious dressing!
Salad can only be considered a meal at our house if the lettuce becomes the base for a vast assortment of other veggies, crunchies (like seeds, croutons, broken pretzels or tortilla chips), protein (like eggs, beans, meats or cheeses), and dressing. I have had some delicious salads with fruit added in, but that is not an opinion shared by everyone at my house. Even pasta or rice can be delicious mixed in with all the other salad goodies.
This is a great meal to serve during the summer months when gardens are flourishing. But we have salad with toppings year ’round. The possibilities are endless depending on the options you provide. You could have a Mexican, Asian, or pizza themed salad. Be creative! If you provide enough protein options for the salad, you should be able to satisfy people until the next meal, or at least the next snack!! (Did I mention we’ll probably eat popcorn tonight while we listen to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader?)