Chicken salad and Greek salad are two of my favorites. I knew I had a winner when I saw this recipe on my Cooking Light calendar. I was not sure if everyone in my house would love it, but to my surprise everyone did. So here you are a quick, easy, flavorful, and healthy salad that your family will enjoy. Don’t be leery of the barley if you have never used it before. It is so similar to pasta or rice in texture. Barley is also an excellent source of soluble fiber that is good for digestion and a great source of potassium which helps to lower blood pressure. Hope that all of you are enjoying your week. I’m off this week for a winter break. While some of my friends are enjoying Disney World, I’m just enjoying Villa Rica!
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After doing as little shopping one of my favorite places to have lunch is Prime at Lenox Square. I just love their Cobb Salad with blue cheese dressing. I am happy to say that I have found the recipe so now all of us can enjoy it at home. It packs a lot of flavor and you’ll find you only need a small amount so guess what – a reduction in the amount of calories. I can go for that! I just put together a chopped salad including chopped romaine, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and hearts of palm. I placed all the vegetables in a container with a top and added about a heaping teaspoon of dressing. I put the top on it and gave it a good shake. Oh my Gosh! So help yourself to the greatest salad dressing and it is just a shame that it is so easy to make.
You know that I love salads and this is one great salad that you will love, too! When my tennis friend Tami told me that she made this salad every Thanksgiving and it was devoured I stepped back a minute and thought. You know a salad really has to be good to be eaten at Thanksgiving because there is so much good food on a Thanksgiving table. Usually a salad will be the last food eaten, but this is the exception. I promise you it is like dessert that’s a salad, but so good for you! Tami served it last week at our end of the year tennis get together and it was a hit! I made it last night for my book club and there was just a morsel left. It is a fantastic salad and everyone will love it. It has it all veggies, fruit, nuts, and cheese that are so good for you. Then a heavenly sweet and sour dressing that is to die for.
Salad has been my lunch life for about twenty years. That’s a long time! Why salad? It has been the easiest way for me to pack fresh vegetables into my diet every day. For as long as I have been teaching I have always packed my lunch. My routine has been and still is even though I am finished at noon everyday is to make three salads on Sunday night which includes whatever protein is available, baked ham, roasted turkey, grilled chicken, or canned tuna. Then on Wednesday night I make two more for the end of the week. Making them ahead of time keeps me out of the bag of chips or from the easy to make grilled sandwich. So by lunch I have usually had five servings of fruits and vegetables. So why don’t you try salad for lunch at least a month? Take the challenge. You’ll be healthier and a few pounds lighter!
A couple of weeks ago our family went to a long time friend’s wedding in Greenville, SC. It was a beautiful wedding and a really fun time. We arrived on Thursday and had dinner downtown. I was awestruck at the downtown area. It is just absolutely beautiful. Big oak trees line the street making a cool walk even on a hot summer day. The sidewalks are large enough for restaurants to have outside dining. And who doesn’t love outside dining? I just loved the atmosphere in the area. On Friday we were doing a little window shopping and walked by a group of young men having what looked like a business lunch and the food looked absolutely wonderful. So we got a table for two under one of the huge oak trees and enjoyed the cool breeze. And this is when I had the best Greek Salad with grilled chicken I have ever had. In fact I enjoyed it so much I ordered it again on Saturday for lunch. I knew than that I had to make this at home. How could I live without such a mixture of goodness?
I love summer for the obvious reason. I don’t have to work. I can for the most part do whatever I want to whenever I want to. Who would not love this? It’s a great perk for the teaching profession! Teachers are so busy during the year it is not so easy to do many big projects around the house. So every teacher that I know has a to do list just for the summer. And I am one of them. This summer my list is short. I have two that I would like to have accomplished before school starts August 1. We have lived in our
new home for six years and I cannot believe how much I have accumulated in that time. My pantry and my closet need a complete over haul. Those two projects are at the top of my list. Okay, let’s see what’s cooking in my house on the lazy hazy days of summer!
Salad is my life. For lunch most everyday of my adult life I have eaten a salad along with some protein whether it might be grilled chicken or a hard-cooked egg. I just love them! Salads are the perfect way to include all the servings of vegetables and fruit that are needed daily. Don’t get me wrong that’s not the only reason I love them. There’s just so many ways to make salad. You can never get tired of them. The downside to salads for some people is the addition of too much dressing turning a very healthy choice into a heart attack. I made this Balsamic Vinaigrette for my students. They loved it!
I am perfectly happy having a salad for lunch or dinner. GI Joe and The Athlete just sit back and roll their eyes if we’re at a restaurant and I order just a salad. I love all kinds of salads, hot, cold, fruit, pasta, vegetables. Then add to that nuts, goat cheese, blue cheese, feta cheese, mozzarella. I will take any of the above. Oh my gosh, what about dressings? The options are endless, but the one I’m sharing today is one of my favorites. Continue reading
Last Saturday I spent an amazing two hours at Pacci Restorante with Chef Kiera Moritz and her staff. I love this sort of thing. Think of it as a field trip for your mind, soul and your taste buds! Pacci is located in Midtown. It is a gorgeous restaurant. Elegant, upscale, classy just choose any of these adjectives to describe it. I was so impressed when I met Chef Kiera. She is very personable, easy to talk to, witty, cute and she really knows her stuff! And she is a Georgia girl. She is a natural in front of an audience explaining each step of the recipe and adding all the do’s and don’ts to make the outcome a success. It was a fun afternoon to say the least. Here’s the three courses she prepared for us with an added dessert and drinks. It was fantastic!
These walnuts are really good! I mean that they are fantastic, irresistible and purely addictive. Try them and you will not be disappointed in fact you will love the results or either hate me for posting this recipe that you will not be able to stop eating even if you wanted to. Continue reading