Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Daily Dish

I'm so ready for warmer weather. If it doesn't get here soon I may just hop on a plane to some place warm like this picture. I always look forward to getting the BBQ grill out and grilling dinner. We usually eat a lot of salads for dinner when it's warm outside. I came across this email and it has some interesting ideas for salads.

Getting Creative With Salads
Tired of eating the same salad, day after day? You can cure the salad blues by experimenting with new and exciting ingredients. Here, approved for all Phases, are a few alternatives to typical salad fixings:

Try a darker, more nutrient-dense green (such as baby spinach, arugula, or a spring mix) over your usual iceberg lettuce.
Opt for squash, eggplant, artichoke, and zucchini grilled with a touch of extra-virgin olive oil, instead of (or in addition to) more traditional ingredients, like tomatoes and cucumbers.
Try avocado or olives for a touch of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
Toss in grilled chicken, salmon, tuna, shrimp, or even tofu, for some satisfying lean protein.
Top with pecans, sunflower seeds, or another more exotic nut, instead of white-bread, buttery croutons.
Make your own salad dressing with an extra-virgin olive oil, mustard, balsamic vinegar, and garlic. Adding variety to your salad possibilities will help you enjoy healthy, flavorful meals.

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