DIY Salad Bowl Meal AKA elbow grease miracles
If you know me, you know my mind hangs out at the intersection of ruthlessly practical and dreamily idealistic. This manifests in totally and completely believing in miracles, especially the kind of miracles marked with the stain of your own elbow grease.
Which is sort of how I see New Years resolutions. And I didn’t even know I had any resolutions, and then new 6512 sponsor Leonie Dawson (aka: poet rapper mermaid cheerleader goddess – if you know her, you’ll understand), sent me a copy of her workbook and planner, Create your Incredible Year 2013. This workbook is where the sweet, skipping child of your inner self gets to shout out her biggest dreams to the adult you who actually knows how to make things happen. And this workbook led me to, among other profound things, a daily salad bowl meal.
These workbook/planners are super affordable, super fun, and are guaranteed to make you s t r e t c h.
Here’s my problem with salads. My hunger comes on a little like a jet taking off. I go from idly taxiing in the runway of my open fridge wondering, tra-la-la, what should I make for lunch, to being so overcome by the sniper attack of my own hunger that small children who come between me and say, the peanut butter, are in trouble.
I think this is called having blood sugar issues.
And when I’m hungry like this, all the washing and chopping of salad prep feels a little being given a rubik’s cube to solve while you’re slowly dying of starvation. So, I end up consuming a lot of quick calorie carbs, otherwise known as bread. But after researching and writing this story on the paleo diet, I learned that on the Venn Diagram of diets, from Atkins to vegan and everything between, the overlap of gastronomical correctness is undoubtedly vegetables, the only food group not disparaged by anyone ever (except maybe my children).
This is a meal, people.
So, I’m eating monster-salads, super-size me salads, mega-salads, loaded with healthy fats and protein, almost daily, and feeling the benefits.
What benefits, you ask? Sugar cravings reduced, energy increased, less blood sugar swings, and the literal tightening of my belt.
I feel silly even offering a recipe for a salad bowl meal, but I will say that while Rose inexplicably likes her lettuce with no salad dressing whatsoever, for me it’s all about the add-ins, which are what make me feel like I’m not actually eating, well, salad.
Young salad upstarts.
See eat you in March.
SALAD BOWL MEAL
Start with: A bowl of salad greens (I love the crunch of romaine, but as soon as the greens in my cold frames start growing, I’ll be adding spinach, kale, arugula, bok choi and chard).
Add-ins: (I typically keep it simple with just avocado and blue cheese and maybe a handful of nuts, but if I was making this for you, I’d make it fancy with many things from this list because I love feeding people).
*cheese (I am currently in love with blue cheese for salads, about which Col likes to say: “you don’t have to worry about it going moldy, it already is!”
*hard boiled eggs
*apples or citrus
*nuts and seeds
*beans (garbanzos are my fave)
*chopped bacon or any meat
Salad in a jar for work days.
ps: Leonie Dawson, thank you for inspiring me to strive for great things.
pps: Everyone, Leonie’s workbooks (which are super-affordable and available for Life and Business) are like having a poet rapper goddess cheerleader mermaid holding your hand as you whisper your dreams to her. Plus, she’s the brilliant blend of wise and compassionate (which is the fuel that she uses to build her own highly successful business). One of my favorite things she’s taught me is to set my 3 MIP’s (most important things) on my to-do list everyday.
ppps: Yay for all the enthusiasm towards peaceful parenting. Winner announced tomorrow on original post. Chosen question posted with answer sometime next week.