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.
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 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.
It’s been a month, time to weigh in. The results, while not what I would have wanted, are not too surprising. But November is a month of changes.
A couple of years ago my friend Lina introduced me to Roasted Red Peppers and I was hooked.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve told most people this story, but perhaps not everyone. As I mentioned last week, I was in Punta Cana (see my resort review here) and while on an excursion, my phone (Samsung S6 Edge) sustained water damage. I had forgotten it was tucked in my life vest and I jumped into the ocean to snorkel. It did turn on after being bagged in rice and soaked in Isorpopyl alcohol. But the battery started to expand. I’m currently waiting on a battery replacement, so fingers crossed.
Repost: April 11, 2016
It’s Sunday, which means food planning (mostly done on Friday), shopping, prepping and preparing. And I love it! I love everything about each aspect of my routine.
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 19, 2016
I admit, I was a bit worried when I got on the scale at tonight’s meeting. I mean, it was a long weekend, we traveled, ate out and visited family (6 hrs away). But at each lunch I would bring out a mason jar salad and at dinner … well, I would give it a really good effort. But come on, I discovered a new wine to add to my “big girl wine list”. It’s called Moscato (thanks Lina). Mmm. And the chips and dip while we played cards every night. *sigh* I love chips. Back to my weigh in, so here I was at WW, standing on the scale and I … lost. 1.5 lb. Woot! Continue reading “After a long weekend”