Hey guys! I hope everyone had a great 4th of July! We decided to change it up and make something besides burgers and hot dogs this year. Instead I made two big pans of lasagna. I have made many different kinds of lasagna before on the blog, but these were pretty basic like this. I made one with ricotta and mozzarella and one with just mozzarella. They both turned out really great!
This afternoon, I was scouring out the scene in my fridge and pantry to see what I could make for dinner. Plenty of leftover lasagna, so that is the main course! But I did spy a bunch of veggies that looked like they were on their last leg, so I decided to make this beautiful summer salad. I found this poppy seed dressing a while back at Fresh Market, and it is my new favorite.
So I took half a head of ice burg lettuce, 1 small head of purple cabbage, one cucumber (peeled and chopped), 1 small tomato, 1 yellow squash (thinly cut on a mandolin), and a handful of sliced black olives
I mixed it with about half the bottle of dressing until all the veggies were coated. I also added a touch of salt and pepper. It tastes super yummy and fresh, and the squash also gives it a nice crunch! I am going to let it hang out in the fridge for a bit, and add some fresh avocado on top! These are my favorite kind of recipes; ones that you make up on the fly and use up leftovers before they go bad!
*****I spy some bananas that turn in to bread soon. I also found some blueberries, so I might come up with a new concoction! See ya real soon!
Bottom to top…
Blue Cheese Dressing, leftover chicken, quinoa and brown rice combo, carrots, cucumbers, blueberries, and lettuce.
Just need to shake and eat! So healthy!
Pretty tomato obsessed over here!
Cucumber and Tomato Balsamic Salad
1 large cucumber, sliced thinly
1 large tomato, diced (or 2 small Roma tomatoes, a handful of baby heilooms, etc.)
3 tablespoons balsamic balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
Combine sliced cucumber and tomato in a medium bowl. Add balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Sprinkle on roughly 1/2 teaspoon each salt and peeper and mix together well. ENJOY!
Another yummy way to utilize your summer tomatoes!
1/2 raw Jicama, 1 Summer tomato, and 1 bunch of cilantro. Chop all these summer beauties and mix with a bit of olive oil and salt-and-pepper. Perfection for a slaw or salad to add to your perfect grilled meat.
This slaw is EVERYTHING! I first had a version of this at Fresh Market’s deli counter. I really have no idea how they make it, but this is my take on it. I am eating the rest of this for breakfast…
Next I am going to attempt to conquer their broccoli salad!
Poppy Seed Slaw
Mix all these ingredients well in a large bowl.
1 package of prepared slaw mix
1 handful of sliced almonds
1 handful of dried cranberries
1/2 container of poppy seed dressing
The longer it sits, the better it gets!
Refrigerator Dump Salad… romaine, kale, parsley, cilantro, carrots, radishes, and celery.
Added some chopped bacon wrapped pork and cooked bugler (cooked according to package).
Added to a mason jar for a mostly healthy lunch tomorrow (with lite ginger dressing).
Just needs a few crunchy croutons on top!
Hope you are having a terrific Tuesday! Here is a quick dinner I made for myself that is both healthy and indulgent. I added some of my oven roasted chicken (3/4 chopped breast), 2 boiled eggs, and 3 slices of chopped bacon on top of a generous serving of spinach. I topped with a few croutons and a tablespoon or so of dressing.