If you don't already, would you like to learn how to love salad? And I don't mean just like it, I mean really really love it. You know you want to..... cause eating more of this stuff is a guaranteed way of losing weight and maintaining well being in your life with very little effort!!!!! Well I'm going to give you some of my secrets as to why I'm known as the salad queen in my circle. If you think I sound cocky, you may be right, but ....I promise you I'm not. It's the truth and I just want to share with you my secrets as to how you will be wanting to eat lots more of this.
The first secret is Danish Feta Cheese. It's soft, creamy and resembles goats cheese, but is alot easier on the family food budget. I know,......you are asking...... You have lost 12 kilos since September and you ate this stuff almost every day? Well I would have to answer...... a big honest 'yes'. You only need a small amount...say a small knob the size of a 50c piece or for my American friends a small circular knob with a circumference of about 1.5 inches. It crumbles beautifully and is sooooooo flavoursome. I put this in all my salads and believe me it is such a hit, that when ever we go to someone's for a bring a plate dinner, I am always asked to bring the salad.
The other top secret tip, is that I never, never , never, use a commercially produced salad dressing. Why? I'll tell you.....because they taste awful!!!!! I make my own French dressing and I coat the salad well, so it tastes beautiful. Dry and under dressed salads don't taste good and you really want to come away wanting to eat this again and again, so do not try to save calories by under dressing a salad. This vinaigrette recipe, I have shared before and it just finishes off the salad beautifully. Two parts extra virgin olive oil, one part white vinegar and a heaped teaspoon of Dijon mustard. Make it in a big jar so you don't need to make it every day. Shake well. I put 1-2 tablespoons of dressing on my salad..... minimum
Now as for the salad ingredients, I use any or all of the following in salad
Take one ingredient from my base list, 4-5 from my fillers list, one from my sweet list and one from my texture list, to build a fabulously healthy and good tasting salad. And please, please please don't forget my 2 secret ingredients as discussed above as they will be the things that leave you wanting to make this every day.
As a Base
- iceberg lettuce
- commercially mixed salad greens
- canned lentils rinsed well mixed with baby spinach
- or just canned lentils
Any combination of the following nutrient dense fillers
- Roasted eggplant
- Roasted sweet potato
- Roasted tomatoes
- Roasted Beetroot
- Roasted capsicum
- Spanish onion
- cherry tomatoes
- diced carrot
- sping onion
To add sweetness which tempers the saltiness of the Danish Feta
- pitted prunes diced
- tinned peaches
- tinned pears
- chopped dates
To add texture
- slivered almonds
- macadamia nuts
- A small handful of Mr Changs noodles
This salad needs to be eaten with lean protein. The CSIRO ( The Australian Government Science Agency) recommends 250 grams for dinner and 150g for lunch.
So here's was what we had last night as our choice of protein, Atlantic salmon. I can guarantee you that with every meal I serve up to Mr Beach House he can be heard to say....'What sauce goes with this Darl?' I get so insulted, as he is in the habit of adding tomato sauce, mustard or soy to everything....so the other night I snookered him before he could reach for the bottle. I topped the salmon with this red capsicum relish, by Margaret Fulton. You can use this to compliment any meat and it's fabulous.
Roast Capsicum Relish
Roast 3-4 Red Capsicums (peppers) at 180 C/350 F
Remove from oven and allow to cool before removing the skin.
Cut into strips and dress with 1 tbspn of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 tblspn of vinegar.
One tspn of rinsed capers and a small handful of chives or basil, finely chopped. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix well to combine and enjoy with any meat.
And now the real reason why you clicked on this post to begin with....Here are 5 more easy to achieve tips, to help you maintain a healthy weight. Go here to see my first 11.
- Don't eat your children's leftovers. My mum always said that was how she put on weight.
- Small changes can make a big differences. Start by doing things that are achievable...like eating salad instead of fries with your main meal. And remember your body will notice the change within 24 hours, even if you don't.
- Move more....It's an oldie but a goody...take the stairs, put on your favourite CD and dance around the house with you kids, dog or a friend. Don't try to park right at the front door of your destination. Park back a little so, you have to walk a little further. Hang out the washing, instead of putting it in the dryer.
- If I am going to a party on a Saturday night, I have dinner first, that way, I am not going to be starving when I get there and eat all the 'naughty' things that are on offer.
- Change out one of your red meat meals for the week to fish.
Now this is controversial.......but if your husband/partner hits on you and you can't be bothered, think again....not only will it make him like you more, but think of it as a work out. Personally, I use the time to do my nails. Just kidding!!!!!!
So I hope you are laughing now and not thinking I am a terrible person.
Go on give all this well meaning advice a go......You won't regret it!!!!