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Apr 212012
 

Good evening! I hope you all had an amazing Friday! It was beautiful here in DC, sunny and in the 70s. I always forget how much I love the spring weather. I think summer is my favorite season but that humidity can be brutal! There is just something so nice about these warm days and chilly nights. I love ‘em!

 

 

Workout

Today’s weather made my workout wonderful. Jack and I jogged up to the dog park together while Fabio met up with some coworkers for happy hour. This gave me some time to zone out with my iPod while running and I enjoyed using the Shuffle setting. It’s always fun hearing old tunes come on that I completely forgot about. Some old school Britney Spears had me in a great mood as we tackled a big hill. Bring on the elevation! Anyway, it was a great run today and I felt so good when we finished.

To keep with the Fashion Friday theme, I’ll show you guys what I wore to run today. I actually wanted to show you this not only because it’s Fashion Friday, but also because I did NOT match at all, and I decided I just didn’t care. I took a picture because I wanted to get some opinions- is it a crime to not match  completely clash your colors for workout clothes? I’m thinking it’s probably not a good look but these are the clothes that were clean so I went with it! Tell me what you think:

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Orange shirt + teal and green shorts = fashion fail? Probably. Oh well it didn’t bother me!

Recipe

Ok so now for today’s recipe. I know what you are thinking. Salad? Bo-ring. Who would want just a salad for dinner. Well people, I’m here to tell you this salad will probably change your life. Ok maybe not your life, but it definitely changed my opinion on salads forever. You see, I have never been a salad eater. When I was kid and the rest of my family would get side salads at a restaurant I would always say “ICK!” and order the soup instead. Even when I got older and would go out to dinner with friends and I felt like I should order a salad, I was always disappointed and usually wished I had just gotten a sandwich. And making a salad at home as my entrée? I NEVER thought I would do that. Until one day about a year ago my college roommates showed me the light…you can make a salad sweet! With fruit! And since then my life has never been the same…(overly dramatic? Maybe, but I love the salad that much!).

Here’s what goes in my Best Salad Ever:

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My Best Salad Ever is made up of baby spinach leaves, romaine lettuce, an apple, walnuts, craisins, feta cheese, chicken (not pictured) and dressing! It’s super easy to make and comes together in minutes. Plus with all the different flavors and textures, your mouth won’t be bored. I promise!

It’s pretty self-explanatory to make, but I’ll show you how it came together anyway. Start by cooking up a boneless, skinless, chicken breast however you prefer. I like to use my George Foreman grill to quickly cook it up and I just sprinkle some lemon pepper seasoning on top. Plus I love that you can put the chicken straight on the GF from the freezer. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

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While the chicken cooks, I get the rest of the salad together. Start by putting a handful of baby spinach leaves in a large bowl. Then chop the romaine lettuce and add it in with the spinach.

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I always like to keep fresh romaine lettuce on hand, as it comes in use for so many recipes other than just salads! I like to top my sandwiches with it and use it for Asian chicken wraps (my favorite!). They are so handy and bring a great crunch to this salad. The spinach also provides more nutrients than the romaine alone, so I like to use half of each. Spinach is also a staple in my fridge and I always am cooking up some yummy sautéed spinach. It’s so easy, delicious, and good for you! So although this is the lettuce base that I use for my salad, it’s also just really convenient for me. You can use whatever type of lettuce you like, in fact I bet some peppery arugula would be good!

Jack likes romaine just fine too (the only human foods we let him have are veggies. We want a healthy pup!).

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Once the lettuce is ready, I start adding the rest of my ingredients. First I chop an apple using my nifty apple-cutting tool that I bought for a couple of dollars (I don’t remember where but it was probably TJ Maxx or Home Goods. I LOVE their home utensils).

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This tool makes chopping the apple super easy and then I just cut the slices into smaller pieces. Once the apple is cut, I add it to my salad bowl along with a handful of walnuts, craisins, and feta cheese. I usually just eyeball the amounts, and it always turns out great. Just add as much of each as ingredient as you think you’ll want.

Here’s the type of feta cheese and dressing that I use. Even though the dressing has some feta cheese in it already, I like to add more to balance out the apples (that salty/sweet combo gets me every time).

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By this time the chicken should be finished cooking and you can slice it up and add it to the salad.

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Once the chicken is in, I add the dressing on top. Then I toss with tongs to combine.

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 Then it’s time to eat! See how easy that was? And look how awesome it looks. Yummmmm. Now tell me that salad doesn’t look delicious?? What do you think??

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And yeah ok, maybe I still can’t have just a salad for dinner. Maybe I still need a whole wheat dinner roll on the side. But hey, baby steps people. Baby steps.

The Best Salad Ever

Ingredients

  • Baby spinach leaves
  • Romaine lettuce
  • 1 boneless, skinless, chicken breast
  • A sprinkle of lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 small apple, chopped
  • 1 handful walnuts
  • 1 small handful craisins
  • A sprinkle of feta cheese
  • 1 tbsp. dressing (I used Kraft Greek Vinagrette)

Instructions

  1. Cook chicken (I used a George Foreman grill) and season with lemon pepper seasoning. Take chicken off the grill when cooked and set aside.
  2. Chop romaine lettuce and toss with spinach in a large bowl.
  3. Chop an apple into bite-size pieces and add into the bowl with lettuce.
  4. Add in walnuts, craisins, and feta cheese, as desired.
  5. Chop cooked chicken and combine with the rest of the ingredients in the large bowl.
  6. Add in dressing of choice and toss to combine.

Serve with a whole-wheat dinner roll if you are like me, and still can’t eat just a salad for dinner Winking smile. Enjoy!

 Posted by on April 21, 2012

  One Response to “The Best Salad Ever”

  1. I love Fashion Friday! You look so adorable. As usual!

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