January 24, 2011
Salad - My favorite lunch
My two favorite foods for lunch is a salad or soup. I've been on a salad kick lately and have also been eating a late lunch.
This is one of my favorite salads. It has a little bit of lettuce, chopped red pepper, cucumber and Roma tomatoes. I threw in some defrosted frozen peas and I always add some pieces of sharp cheddar. As to the dressing, I don't use low fat or a reduced calorie dressing and I avoid Ranch dressing. Instead I use a french dressing and am careful not to pour it all over. I use a moderate amount.
The base of the salad is always three things. A small amount of lettuce, then red pepper and cheese. To this I add whatever else I like, perhaps chopped carrot or even some frozen corn. I may toss in some kidney beans or chopped onion. Basically I look at what I have on hand and make a salad. I have even added some chopped pear or apple to a vegetable salad and it was delicious.
I started doing this about 3 years ago and have never been sorry as I get a nice assortment of fresh vegetables in my diet. Also, it is extremely filling. That bowl in the picture above, well, it is a serving bowl.
I'm always on the look out for reduced priced fresh vegetables at the grocery store to put in my salad. A large salad such as this for lunch has helped me lose and maintain my weight. Those chopped vegetables are really satisfying and filling.