Posts Tagged ‘Salad’

Help, I’m tired with all the stuff I take for lunch

A lunch sits on a blue tablecloth with a brown...

Ever get really tired of the work lunch you pack for yourself?  There’s just so much you can do with a sandwich, salad, or freezer meal.

Here’s some alternatives:

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  1. Use a different kind of dressing, sauce, or seasoning to make your lunch really different from what you’re used to.
  2. Make extra of your dinner and take it for lunch. If you don’t like the thought of eating the same thing that close together, you can experiment with freezing ahead.
  3. Eat lunch with other people instead of by yourself.
  4. Turn off the media and just enjoy the process of eating lunch.
  5. Go home for lunch, if there’s ample time.
  6. Go for a walk or go to the gym at lunchtime, and eat a more portable, handheld lunch.
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How To Grill Salmon: Grilling Times and Healthy Recipes

 

Grilled Salmon

How To Grill Salmon: Grilling Times and Healthy Recipes.

Handy site with instructions for different kinds of salmon and different presentations.

We have some on the grill as we speak.  Tonight’s dinner and, on top of salad, tomorrow’s lunch.  Couldn’t be finer.

Should I shop more, or less, often?

Some big-box retail stores are over-illuminated.

This is another of those nice areas where we get to ask an obvious followup question, shop for what?

Everyone is different, but here’s one method that works.

Shop for non-perishable commodities much less often than you shop for perishables.

For the basic commodities of life, you know what you use, and you can go to the big box store or the membership warehouse and stock up.  You may go weekly, looking for what’s on sale.  When you find something at a genuine savings, that you know you’ll use, you can take advantage of that up to the limit of your reasonable storage ability.

But the big box store, or the membership warehouse, is probably not a great place for healthy minded folks to shop for perishables.  I really don’t want a bag of ancient fruit, I want the pretty, in season fruit that just came in today or yesterday.  Personally I shop for fresh food every couple of days, because that’s as far ahead as I can predict who’s going to be at home and how much time we’ll have.  If there’s some non-perishable we’re totally out of, I could get that at the smaller, fresher store, at a premium, and that’s OK.  I know if I run into the big store to get that one thing, I’m likely to get five other things that outweigh the premium I paid at the small store.

For that big box store stuff, right now we’re experimenting with buying some of that via Amazon Prime, which we already use to get free 2-day shipping.  We can time the free delivery of stuff that’s hard to find or inconvenient to tote home, at a price that’s a little less than the store.

Should you always shop with a list?  Yes, most definitely for the big things at the big store where it’s easy to over-buy, and probably No, for the perishable things you’re going to eat over the next couple of days.  Even with a pretty decent knowledge of what’s fresh, or a handy site like this one, there’s an amazing variation from year to year on what’s especially good. Right now grapes and apples are awesome here, as I know from the samples at the grocery yesterday, so grape-apple chicken salad is on tomorrow’s menu just because we can.

 

More or less often?  Try doing both.

 

How to make your salads as pretty as the ones at restaurants.

(1) cut your veggies with a potato peeler.  This $5 instrument is just as good as a $20 mandoline if you’re only making a couple of salads.

(2) Use different colors and shapes.  The bowl at left is a nice example.

(3) Things you like to eat, are pretty to you.  Use things you like.