I’m sure that I’m not the only one that says this. Let me set the scene, you’re out at a restaurant, eating a great meal and you say to (yourself) or the people that you’re with “I could make this”. My kids are so used to me saying this that they now offer up the suggestion. Often starting a conversation with ” hey mom, you could make this into a salad jar right?” Well, challenge accepted. I SUPER love East Side Mario’s (ESM) Garden Salad. We don’t have an ESM near us (but hey, we have four, count’em – Mary Browns, Swiss Chalet, KFC and Popeye’s, chicken restaurants in town). Here is a picture of my most favourite restaurant salad.
So, my biggest struggle the last couple of months has been coming up with something to eat. Well, not only eat. Plus it wouldn’t hurt if my family enjoyed the meals we were eating too. They are not picky but we do love food. The metabolic plan hasn’t been going very well the last couple of months i.e. no change on the scale. I needed to find some way to keep my success on track. Then I discovered Linda. WOW, what a difference it makes to finally have a place to research recipes, plan my meals and come off like a star, all at the same time!
Driving home from Sudbury, Ontario tonight, I thought to myself “is there anything at home that I can have for my lunch”. Unfortunately, the answer was no. I shop weekly so ensure that my salad ingredients are fresh and crisp. That meant, when we arrived home at 8pm, after being away, that I dropped off my DH and off I went shopping. But, two hours later, groceries purchased, puta away, cooked, chopped, diced and jarred.
Not everyone gets excited about sitting down and making a plan. BUT I love this part of my journey. It’s scary to think that I used to not know what I was having for a meal until it was dinner time or until I felt hungry. Using a very simple meal plan template, like the one I found in Excel, pictured here:
I love Friday. Who doesn’t? Well maybe people that work the weekend shift. Maybe they don’t love Fridays, but I start getting that light headed, giddy feeling right about now. It’s especially awesome since it’s an extended weekend and we’re going to visit my in-laws.
So, what did you all have for lunch today? It is Friday after all. You know, eat-out day. That one work-day, although others do this every day (ahem), that you can eat out. I’m not against this by any means. In the almost year that I’ve worked in my new role, I’ve got out less than 10 times. Why you ask? Well have a look at the below picture. This is why.
I woke up yesterday morning expecting to get on the scale and either go up (a bit) or little to no change. This wasn’t because of some misguided, “I expect to see something disappointing, but hope that I don’t” kind of feeling. This was based on a mid-week scale check (I know, it’s an addiction) and a silent run-down of my week. Was I ever surprised.
Each week I make salads (and sometimes breakfast) and place them in the fridge. Yesterday it struck me, as I placed the last of my Overnight Oats with Berries in the fridge, that the mason jars are taking over ample fridge real estate.
I’m back! Well, I wasn’t really gone, but I haven’t been “here”. I’ve been busy making salads, trying out new things and generally enjoying the summer. I made an entirely new salad yesterday and it was pretty good (see my suggestions to improve). I tried it with my family last night at dinner (without meat) and I’ve got it in my lunch for today. Do you like grilled vegetables? I do and I figured I could turn that love into a salad and here’s how:
Some new stuff is happening this week, a change to a favourite and something not yet tried. Plus, this week I was fortunate enough to have a very close friend ask if we could make the salads at her house. She’s looking to add some convenience and of course deliciousness to her week. It all started with a glass of wine.
I was thinking, I love chicken and as you can see, I use it in most of my salads. But I also love beef. So I did some research to see how I could fit some Steak into my jars. Normally you lay warm medium rare steak over crisp greens and drizzle with your favourite dressing. I improvised!
OK, so yesterday I thought I was on the ball. Yup, we were busy with my son for an end of year activity (he’s an Air Cadet) and didn’t have a ton of time, but I went shopping and got everything I needed for this weeks salads. I had this. Or, so I thought.
So this is not a regular post, I’m going to report on my last weigh in (from Thursday), plus update you with two new salads and (drum-roll), a new mason jar video.
Repost: March 15, 2016
Have you heard the saying “Do something for 21 days ….” And it becomes a habit. After 10 weeks of Salad prep I am proud to say that making them has become a habit I love. I even tried to think up a new recipe this week, Veggie Goat Cheese and Chicken, you will see it pictured below.
Repost: March 8, 2016
As you can see, I’ve changed the title, mostly because I think posting blogs about just Mason Jar Salads will get a bit boring. But don’t worry, I’m still going to post the pictures and recipes, however I will try to find a fitting title each week.
Repost: February 29, 2016
Week 8 started off kilter. Normally I reserve Sundays for meal prep and while I knew in advance that most of my day was going to be spent at a Women’s Rock Your Biz function, I was stumped come prep time. Luckily I had gone to the big box store on Saturday, so that left just a quick “outside” aisle shopping trip to the local grocery store. I say “outside”, because every time I can do the outside aisle of the grocery store, I do an a little inner fist pump.
Repost: February 22, 2016
Week 7 is here and I can hardly believe it. While my oldest son and I made the salads, I mentioned that this is the 7th week of mason jar salads we’ve created. He was just as surprise as I was. Time has really flown by. I can honestly say that I have never, in my entire life eaten as much salad (vegetables) as I have during this part of my plan. *patting myself on the back*
Repost: February 17, 2016
Just a quick check-in, it seems that I forgot my fork when packing my lunch today and only figured that out when I sat down to eat. I could have walked to the cafeteria to pick up a plastic fork, but I was working on a task and really didn’t have the time, so I improvised. It seems that you can eat a salad with a spoon. Continue reading “No fork, no problem”
Repost: February 16, 2016
Week 6 is here and this week I let my boys each choose a favourite salad, with some slight modifications. This is an odd week, as you can see I’m posting this on Monday and not Sunday. Not because I forgot to post, but because we just got home from being away for the long weekend (Family Day). So, no shopping trip to Costco, but I did manage with the local grocery stores, which were open until 6pm today. I feel really good about today! Continue reading “Week 6 Mason Jar Salads”