Friday, February 23, 2007

Behold...THE Salad!!

Today I was in the mood for a salad. So since we had to go to Lowes and Blockbuster anyways...and Wal-mart is right next door. We stopped by and I got some more carrots, lettuce, canned tomatoes, soy yogurt, apples and some other stuff. Now I really do love salads, the dressing is hard for me though. I know eating a dressing with fat helps you absorb the nutrients, but I'd rather get my fat at other times in the day by eating nuts, so...

Another thing about salads for me,is they gotta be simple. I can't stand tomatoes, celery, raw bell peppers, anything like that in my salads. For me, it's gotta be lettuce or other greens-all kinds go, baby spinach, arugula, green leaf, Boston, romaine etc-, lots of grated carrot, and depending on the season an addition of radishes (sliced), fennel (sliced), sugar snap peas, lightly sauteed mushrooms, roasted parsnips, cooked beans (chickpeas, red, black) & roasted brussel sprouts (with soy sauce), are OK. Oh and roasted red peppers, I tried it for the first time tonight and really liked it.

For THV I don't have many dressing recipes, but I did make one for my salad tonight, though it was so simple, it's not gonna be put in THV, though I will share it with you:

Remember, I used about 4-5 cups lettuce, 1/2 cup grated carrot, and a bunch of roasted red peppers, so this makes a good amount of dressing.

1/2 cup fresh squeezed OJ (I found that after I squeezed the orange, I was obsessed with having to eat all the membranes and pulp left in it because I didn't want it to go to waste, I'm weird right?)
1/2 TSP dried basil, crushed between your fingers
1/2 TBS Dijon mustard
1/4 TSP dark sesame oil
pinch of sea salt

Whisk everything but the sesame oil together. Drizzle in the sesame oil while whisking. Beat until cream-ier.

The only thing I had a problem with the dressing was it was too sweet. I ended up sprinkling a pinch of sea salt over the top of the salad, which just made the balance perfect. The other nice thing I thought of about the dressing is that if you were eating it with spinach, the vitamin C would help your body absorb the iron right?


Veg-a-Nut said...

Hi, Your blog is great! Your food looks great! I am with you on the salad thing. I would rather get my fats from almond butter on homemade bread or avocado in my salad instead of dressing. How is your pig? Any babies yet?

Just call me Orangie said...

Nope, though when I touched her stomach earlier, one of them kicked! I think she's only 2-3 days away :)