Refreshing light salad

salad1I like this salad so much that I’ve made it every day this week! I really enjoy the cool, crispiness of the vegetables and the lemony dressing and I’ve been looking forward to eating it at lunch time with my sandwich*.

I had some cucumber, tomato, carrots and lemons in the fridge at home that I needed to use, so those make up the main ingredients. The only slightly special ingredient that I bought is daikon root, but that can easily be substituted for radishes if you’d like. I got a pretty good deal on daikon (it was cheaper than radishes) so that’s why I used it in the salad.

Salads of course are flexible, if you have other vegetables feel free to put them in! The more the merrier really.

It’s been a very hot summer the past few weeks so I’m appreciating cooler food all the more.

The salad dressing is super easy to make: all I do is take a lemon wedge and squirt it all over the salad. Then I drizzle about a teaspoon of olive oil and then sprinkle a tiny bit of salt and pepper on top. If you want to make it extra fancy you can mix the lemon juice first with a bit of honey for a really nice sweetness.

*In case you’re curious, the sandwich I’ve been eating is a super simple non-dairy “grilled cheese”. It’s the simplest (laziest) version I could possibly come up with. All I do is toast some gluten-free bread, usually just one slice. Then when it’s cooled slightly I put it in the microwave with a slice of dairy free cheddar cheese on top and cook for about 30 seconds. I really love it, it tastes awesome and I don’t have to wash a pan afterwards which is a nice bonus.

Recipe:

Refreshing light salad

Serves 1

  • 1/2 tomato, chopped
  • 1/3 cucumber, chopped
  • 2-3 radishes, or 3 inch piece of daikon root, shredded
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded

Dressing:

  • 1 or 2 lemon wedges
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Combine all the vegetables in a bowl. Squeeze lemon over the vegetables and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.

To make the honey dressing (optional), combine the lemon juice and honey together and then drizzle over the salad.

 

Easiest fried rice

rice.jpgThis is a great dish to make when you’re not really in the mood to cook but still want something healthy, filling and tasty.

This is how I was feeling last night…really not in the mood to cook.

When I’m feeling this way I often turn to dishes that I consider to be “semi-homemade.” I’ll use the base of something pre-made such as canned soup, chili or something yummy from the frozen section, and then add veggies and maybe some extra beans or meat to it.

Making food this way is almost always cheaper than getting take out or going to a restaurant and I can keep the ingredients on hand in the pantry or freezer, which is nice and convenient.

For last night’s dinner I heated up a bag of pre-made chicken fried rice in the microwave. Then I fried up 3 eggs for some extra protein (and they were really delicious!). For the veggies I boiled up some green beans and sliced a tomato. It was a fast, easy, delicious and super inexpensive dinner!!

 

Lunch: Super Salad

One of the nice things about salads is that you can put so many things in them such as fruits, veggies, cheese, nuts, tofu, beans, tuna fish, chicken, turkey, etc. And then you can top it with a delicious dressing also. Salads are a great vehicle for health and tasty flavors.

It’s a little hard to tell but my salad is in a big bowl…so it was a very large salad! I used romaine lettuce for the greens and then topped it with garbanzo beans for protein, tomato, canned corn (I love canned corn), sunflower seeds and Italian dressing. Hopefully this will hold me for a few hours until my afternoon snack. I’m probably going to have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, that sounds really good today.

How am I doing otherwise? Pretty ok , but I didn’t sleep well last night and this morning was busy and stressful. Things have calmed down a bit now so I’m trying to relax, be calm, drink enough water, and most important of all: not binge.

Today’s lunch:

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  • Salad with romaine lettuce, garbanzo beans, tomato, corn, and sunflower seeds
  • Not shown: Italian dressing (I added it after I took the photo)