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    3 Salads You May Not Have Considered Before

    This post is inspired by my kiddos, 2 in particular – 1 asked with her head cocked “we’re going to have salad everyday?!” YES and is that a problem?  The other, our youngest, said this when he got his plate “Where’s the salad?  That’s not salad…. there’s no lettuce.  Where’s the lettuce?” So here’s the deal.  First things first… the key to having a “salad” is NOT the lettuce; it’s fresh ingredients (not including meat, of course) and a “dressing” of some sort.  And second….. I would eat salad CONSTANTLY if I could. Now that that’s out of the way, I’m giving you a few SALADS you may not have…

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    Restaurant Quality Food (aka Better Than Store Bought)

    I’ve said it before, I like to cook because I love to EAT. And because more often than not, I am highly disappointed in what I get for my money when we go out to eat (or when someone around here inadvertently buys something prepackaged).  $12 salads using Iceberg lettuce (that has no nutritional value and tastes like water), add guacamole or plain avocado to anything for no less than an EXTRA $6 (when I can buy an avocado on sale for $0.33 each, $0.59 otherwise), bacon for an EXTRA $2, and if I want meat… FORGET IT!  I might as well just go grocery shopping. So most of the time…

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    Dinnertime just got easier… Maybe

    Everyone knows I like to cook, not for the sake of cooking itself, but because I like to EAT.  So I usually cook 2-3 times a day, even when it’s just me. Well a couple of weeks ago, my littlest (3-year-old) asked to help me cook dinner and whaddaya know…. he’s a natural-born sous chef!  Granted my nerves could only stand for him helping me make salad, but boy did he help me make a MEAN salad! I won’t let him cut anything just yet (even with kitchen scissors), but turns out he’s great at washing fresh fruits and veggies, and shaking up a tasty vinaigrette.  And he assembles a…

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    Healthy & Delicious Greek Meal

    On a recent lunch trip to Panera Bread, I disappointed in the very loose interpretation of a Greek salad.  You can’t just throw feta cheese on a bed of romaine and call it Greek.  Well, I guess technically you could since those items originate in Greece, but that’s just not the end of it.  I really like Panera, but this was my first time having their “Greek” salad and it left me wanting to eat a jar of kalamata olives.  That’s right, I said a JAR.  That’s because I love olives of all kinds and when I have a Greek or Mediterranean salad, I expect to have some. Fast forward…

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    Special Occasion Dinner

    Made lobster for the first time for hubby’s birthday.  It was a big hit!  And since I went fancy with the food, I had to get fancy with the presentation too.  This was not a romantic dinner for 2, but a special dinner for the DH.  All the kids were sitting around the table with their “normal” plates of food looking like “how come WE don’t get THAT?!”  (In all fairness, they did get everything except the lobster and wine – they had Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy and juice instead.) I’ll reveal the secret about the mashed potatoes in another post…. stay tuned!