Above, lunch at our Adirondack cabin. Read on for the recipe.
Here, in our JC kitchen.If you read my Sunshine Smoothie post, you know I undertook the Dr. Oz 28 Day Shrink-Your-Stomach Challenge at the beginning of the summer. It was no picnic, but the results were more than palatable. Pounds lost, waistline rediscovered, bloat banished.
As I did with my Smoothie recipe, I tinkered with the lunch options as well and landed on a cabbage-based Salad with whatever lean protein and vegetable/fruit add-ins I was feeling that day. On the diet, this was lunch every day. Now, I enjoy it 3-4 days a week. And anyone I’ve served it to is surprised and delighted with just how delicious and filling it really is. You can do a lot of advance prep, which makes this an especially easy take-to-work-and-skip-takeout-again lunch. And it’s so fun to see all the colors come together. You’ll feel like a food stylist!
Lighter Side of Lunch Salad
1/2 cup pre-mixed salad greens (Here I used Dole’s Sunflower Crunch Cabbage/Kale/Carrot Mix, but I also like to finely chop a mix of baby kale/chard/spinach. All can be washed and stored for future lunches)
1/2 hardboiled egg (if you’re going vegetarian use whole egg)
1/4 -1/2 cup tuna (or other lean meat like chicken or turkey)
1/4 cup halved heirloom baby tomatoes (great alt are beets)
1/4 cup chopped cucumber (great alt is 1/2 a granny smith apple)
1/4 cup sliced baby carrots (great alt are finely sliced mixed peppers)
Sprinkling of pumpkin and sunflower seeds with dried cranberries (Mix ahead and store in a mason jar.)
Other add-ins to consider: diced red onion, chopped walnuts or almonds, dried cherries or raisins, radishes, leftover veggies like boiled potatoes, green beans or asparagus…you get the idea.
1-2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (I love Bragg!)
1-2 tsp Olive Oil
Freshly ground salt (not too much) and pepper (go for it) to taste. I’m loving Pink Himalayan these days.
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Thanks so much, Nancy! And glad it’s a yum!!
I tried this salad over the weekend and loved it. Absolutely yummy and it held me until dinner time. Thanks for this very light and enjoyable fare.
So glad you liked it, Lourdes! It’s fun because you can kind of make it with whatever you have on hand. Cheers!MP