Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Salad for dinner - gotta problem with that?

The Headlines:

Salad - it's what's for dinner.

Salad is yummy.  If you make it yummy.  I can't stand it when a television show belittles the salad.  The line usually goes something like this: "look at her, let me guess, she's going to order a salad" or  the opposite "finally, a woman who eats some meat!" Back off my salad dude.  Just cause I'm a women doesn't mean I can't eat some serious meat.  I love a good steak just like the next fellow.  But it also doesn't mean I can't eat a tasty salad.  I do both.  When I want to… and that's okay.  Got any problems with that?  No?  Good.  Moving on.

I'll be honest, though BP (my husband) may not appreciate my saying so… the perfect day of food for him, in my opinion, is a (onion) bagel with (garden vegetable) cream cheese for breakfast, a big carne asada burrito with lots of guac and cheese inside for lunch, a mid-afternoon snack consisting of cheese, salami and crackers… and then finally finishing the day off with an awesome pizza (possibly from Costco - have you had those?  The 'everything' one from there snack bar?  DE-licious!) for dinner.  He's in heaven.  However… that was sooo 2013...  with the on-set of 2014, BP has decided to embrace the salad even more.  Now, the salads I prepared for him once (maybe twice, but not usually) a week … I now make several times a week.  And that, my friends, is not a bad thing!  Not, if you make a salad yummy.  Totally doable.

The salad we had last night was one of BP's favorites.  And while it's similar to a salad you can order at a restaurant… not many people think to make it at home.  Why - I have no idea?  A southwestern salad can be made quickly and easily anywhere.

Ours consists of:  romaine, onions, black beans, garbanzo beans, (un)frozen corn, salsa and ranch dressing. Other possibilities depending upon your taste and your waist: tomatoes (not totally necessary since there's some in the salsa), chicken, avocado, crumbled tortilla chips, shredded cheese.  I did none of those last night.

What makes this salad is the mixture of the ranch dressing and salsa, which sort of becomes a part of the dressing.  Plus, there's plenty of protein with all those healthy beans.  Which makes the chicken not necessary, to make a complete meal.   Here are 3 other reasons I love it:

  1. It, naturally, has all small ingredients which makes for an easy salad to eat (and prepare).  Meaning there's on gigantic artichoke hearts that you have to cut up or chew through!  
  2. The ingredients are usually already in your kitchen.  I always have a can of beans in the pantry  and some corn in the freezer!  
  3. Most people just don't think to put beans in their salad so it seems a step above the "usual salad"… and since I'm picky I don't like to do things like everyone else all the time.

Once you mix it all together, your husband, your guests or you will be pleasantly surprised!

Really, a hit every time and -- all together now -- soooo easy!!

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