“I could make this” … famous words

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.

East Side Mario’s Garden Salad

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My scale and I have called a truce

There are so many studies, websites, books and probably Twitter posts about not weighing yourself everyday.  But do I listen?  Nope.  So each morning I would wake up and weigh myself.  Some mornings I would be thrilled, others I would feel defeated, either way it would set the tone for the entire day.  So I have called a truce with my scale and I feel liberated.

Truce

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Roasted Vegetable with Balsamic – Retake

A couple of weeks ago I made the Grilled Veggie with Balsamic and I had some suggestions (to myself) that I thought would make this a better salad.  Well, I did it.  I took my own advice and I re-made the salad.  I re-made it so much, that I had to re-name it!  So please join me in welcoming my new salad:

Roasted Vegetable Salad with Balsamic
Roasted Vegetable with Balsamic

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Experimenting with flavour

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:

Grilled Veggie
Grilled Veggie with Balsamic

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I’ve got beef in my Mason Jar Salad!

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!

Mason Jar Steak Salad with Zesty Avocado with Cilantro dressing
Mason Jar Steak Salad with Zesty Avocado Cilantro Buttermilk Dressing

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Week 8 Mason Jar Salads

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.

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Week 7 Mason Jar Salads

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*

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Week 6 Mason Jar Salads

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”

Week 5 Mason Jar Salads

Repost: February 8, 2016

Week 5 is here and so are two new salads (we kept the Asian one with a bit of a twist). My family is looking forward to the Chicken Caesar with Kale.  I’m up late today because it seems that my “plan” needs some tweaking.  For the last month, I wake up Sunday morning, play Xbox (Elder Scrolls Online, ESO) with my husband and together we prepare lunch.  At about 2ish, I start thinking of food preparation.  This includes meal planning (dinners, breakfasts-on-the-go, mason jar salads and more), shopping (several stores) and finally, actual food preparation. Continue reading “Week 5 Mason Jar Salads”

Enjoying the vegetables of my labour.

Repost: February 3, 2016

This will be a short post, work is busy but I wanted to express how I both enjoy what I’m eating and show that I do eat what I make.

Enjoying the fruits vegetables of my labour.  So this week I made three different types of mason jar salads: Chicken Fajita, Black Bean & Quinoa and Mixed.  To be honest, the last one was created from what I had in the crisper.  My oldest son really enjoys vegetables so I knew he’d like this one.  Well, so did I. Continue reading “Enjoying the vegetables of my labour.”