Big Ass Salads
Weeknights can be busy. Like really busy. Come home. Walk dog. Make dinner. Eat dinner. Clean up. Make lunch for the next day. Go to yoga. Prepare for the next day of school. Read and chill a little. Snuggle doggy. Sleep. YIKES.
I like to meal prep, but I like to rely on my meal prep for work lunches for me and the hubby. So how the heck do I make a quick, delicious and nutritious week night meal? Honestly the best way is a BIG ASS SALAD. This is like a template. You can fill it in with your own options.
Step One: choose a protein. Maybe you have some already cooked chicken that you can reheat and chop up. Maybe some scallops you can quickly fry up in some butter. Maybe you can whip up some salmon cakes (I will 100% share my recipes for these soon!). Maybe you have some shredded pork. Maybe you have some beef. Maybe you have a sausage. Literally anything works!! Get is reheating/ cooking in some way.
Step Two: put greens of choice in a bowl
Step Three: the extras! My favourite extras at the moment are caramelized onions, bacon and pine nuts. But again literally anything goes! Roasted veggies are yummy. Avocado. Goat cheese. Nuts. Seeds. Dried fruit. Berries. Green apples. Red onions. Cucumbers. Tomatoes. Peppers. Experiment with mix-in's.
Step Four: the dressing. Whenever we go to someone's house for dinner I am asked to make the salad. Its now called the Rebecca salad and it has literally the easiest dressing ever. In a measuring cup, or a jar or something easy to pour out of, mix together even amounts of balsamic and olive oil (so like 2 tblsp of each), 1 tsp mustard - the grainier the better. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk vigorously together. If you are not doing a sugar detox you can add 1 tsp of maple syrup to the dressing.
Step Five: Layer your salad. Greens on the bottom, then the protein, then the extras and pour over the dressing. Or sometimes I put the protein on the side. Just depends! There is no wrong way to make a big ass salad.