Salad Night!

Prep time 20-30 min. (depending on how many ingredients and how quickly you can chop!). No special trip to the grocery; these were all in the fridge.

As many of you know, I have 2 boys: Chasen, 12, and Tennyson, 9. Once a week (usually by Thursday when I’m simply too wiped out to cook), I will enthusiastically tell them “Tonight is Salad Night!” They almost always request hard-boiled eggs (go figure) which I’ve always thought of as close-to-perfect food anyway. You have pure protein from the egg white and so long as you don’t have cholesterol issues, the yolk is a good source of choline!

I immediately start chopping.

salad ingredients

The stuff on the square board are mandatory (sliced Fuji apples, shredded carrots, cucumbers, raisins, and the highly requested hard-boiled eggs. The 3 bowls are “optional” ingredients — grated cheese, corn and a few croutons for crunch — which my husband I choose not to use in our own salads. (Last night I couldn’t find the crouton bag so I substituted 2 teaspoons of breadcrumbs.)

The main ingredients are chopped romaine lettuce and spinach. (Spinach is a pain to wash so spend a little more and make it convenient: I bought a giant pre-washed organic bag from Costco.) I add spinach to just about everything– including pasta sauce!

Tip #1. Use pre-shredded carrots, pre-washed spinach, etc. (saves time). Make your salads as colorful as you can. Use as many dark, leafy greens as you can for maximum nutritional impact: Spinach, romaine, and kale instead of iceberg lettuce.

Most important- don’t kill the benefits of a healthy salad by drowning it in dressing!!! If you choose ingredients you love, that’s your main event — not the dressing.

finished product

Tip #2. If you’re trying to lose weight or get healthier in general, avoid cream-based dressing. Make your own balsamic / olive oil combo. Avoid all the “optional” toppings above like cheese and croutons. Food fact: Most store-bought and restaurant dressings are high in both sugar and salt!

Look at the size of these salads! And the boys gobbled them up!!!

Side dish: Bowl of cantaloupes. Start your kids on a lifelong path of healthy eating. They’ll thank you later!

Salad night anyone?

salad boys