Last Five Salads: Nothing about my meal prep is precious.

I love to do things well, but I am also great at justifying that my methods and results are "good enough". It keeps things low stress! It's rare that I go to the grocery store without a list in hand, but if the store is out of two main ingredients then I just wing it. First, I google "replacement for..." then, I decide if the dish will be ruined with or without the replacement. To live your life in this manner and cook to match it you need three things: creativity, courage, and a tiny bit of kitchen experience. It's safe to say that I will never have a career as a recipe tester. However, I will learn a lot and have fun doing it. Meal prep shouldn't be precious. Make a salad with random ingredients this week. Pick one salad dressing you like then add five ingredients: protein/nuts/seeds, veggie #1, veggie #2, veggie #3, and a fruit. If you feel like life is lacking pizzazz it might be time to add a veg/fruit you have never tried before! Let's go crazy.  

Salad #3

Salad #3

1. I Roasted Stuff on Sunday Salad

  • arugula (with half a lemon's juice mixed in)
  • one roasted beet (can be purchased in stores or made at home)
  • roasted chickpeas (olive oil, salt, and pepper)
  • small roasted potatoes (olive oil, salt, garlic powder, and pepper)
  • one apple sliced
  • baby carrots 

2. I Dream of Blueberries Salad

  • arugula 
  • chopped purple cabbage
  • half an avocado
  • pepitas
  • blueberries
  • roasted chickpeas
  • small roasted potatoes
  • dressing: one to one ratio of pure maple syrup and fresh-squeezed lime juice

3. Oh Snap, Green Bean Pasta Salad

  • cooked pasta cooled (I like Ancient Harvest because it has quinoa/protein in it)
  • slowly add vegan mayo (i.e. Vegenaise) until you like the level of wetness
  • slowly add yellow mustard until you feel the kick
  • chopped green beans
  • halved cherry tomatoes
  • canned, drained artichoke hearts 
  • chopped scallions or diced red onion
  • salt & pepper (if needed)

4. Kick to the Face Salad

  • chopped red cabbage
  • chopped green beans
  • sliced, roasted beets
  • canned, drained artichoke hearts
  • dressing: 1:1 ratio of horseradish mustard and lemon juice then add a bit of olive oil until you like the consistency

5. Avocado is Bae Salad

  • arugula
  • canned, drained artichoke hearts
  • half an avocado
  • sliced radishes
  • sliced cukes
  • rinsed and drained chickpeas
  • Annie's Tuscany Italian dressing
  • pepitas