I rarely make salads for one. I’ll make a giant salad for M and I sometimes, or make a giant batch of salad fixins to take to lunch all week (like this), but a tasty salad doesn’t usually seem worth all the hassle to make for one.
What makes this salad so lazy? Well, first of all, it’s not homemade falafel. I tried out Dr. Praeger’s Falafel Flats (I was pretty happy with them!). Second, the tzatziki sauce was made in about 2 minutes with maybe 3 ingredients.
Here’s what you need:
- romaine lettuce (however much you’d put in one salad for yourself)
- diced onion (depending on how much you like onions… I diced a quarter onion)
- falafel (mine was store-bought, here’s a good homemade recipe)
- plain Greek yogurt – 2 rough tablespoons
- olive oil
- minced garlic (or garlic powder works too)
- salt and pepper to taste
- pita (optional) nice to toast for croutons
- chopped tomato and/or cucumber would be great… I didn’t have any on hand
Put it Together:
- (Optional) Cut a piece of pita into tiny wedges. Toast them for croutons. Set aside.
- Heat up (or make) your falafel.
- Rinse and chop your lettuce. Chop up your onions. Toss them together in a bowl.
- Dressing: Put 2(ish) tablespoons of greek yogurt in a cup. Slowly whick in olive oil until you reach the desired consistency (I wanted mine to be a little thick). Add in minced garlic (I LOVE garlic, so I kept adding and tasting until it was enough for me), and salt and pepper to taste.
- Toss dressing together with lettuce.
- Add falafel and pita croutons on top.
Believe me when I tell you that this is delicious. And clearly, I don’t really measure when I cook (or in this case, just put things together) so play around with it. I also happened to have some Alexia spicy sweet potato fries in the fridge, so I had them on the side.
I don’t rely on the freezer and boxed foods too often for dinner, but this was in a pinch and turned out to be awesome. It will totally go on my short-list of emergency quickie meals. Alexia fries are tasty, as well as most items from Amy’s and Dr. Praeger – I like to keep some things on hand in the freezer. I’d been on a hunt to find some tasty frozen falafel (note: don’t try Trader Joe’s – it’s TERRIBLE). Dr. Praeger’s was a tasty substitute for fresh.
What do you keep on hand for quick, emergency meals? Do you have any salad suggestions for salad month?
I’m a big fan of a good salad. I’m also convinced that the best salads are the ones that other people prepare. Read: was convinced.
This week at our house has been designated salad week. We tend to eat the same(ish) salad all the time. It’s delicious, but gets old pretty quickly and as a result we don’t each as much salad as we’d like to.
If you’re in NYC, you may be familiar with The Pump. It’s just a healthy, tasty fast-food-ish place. I’ve only been there twice, but both times I had the same exact salad. The ingredients were fresh and absolutely delicious. It was an amazing salad. And now, we’ve recreated it at home (and it was even better).
The mix is simple: romaine lettuce, shredded chicken (it was the slow-roasted turkey at The Pump), roasties (roasted sweet potato chunks), and guacamole.
And that’s really it. The guacamole adds a little heat and serves as the dressing. Mix it all up and it’s really delicious and is definitely a hearty meal (esp. for a salad).
What have you successfully recreated at home?
My afternoon took a turn for the best as I found myself in a bubble bath eating ice cream, haha… but let me backtrack.
Hatha yoga class at Bread & Yoga was really really wonderful. It was extremely relaxing and restorative despite the fact the studio was packed to the gills. I will try to get to the morning Vinyasa tomorrow, but either way, I’ll keep going back even after this free weekend event.
After yoga (to which husbo accompanied me!), we realized that we hadn’t eaten since our muffins at the Farmer’s Market and were now totally famished. We decided to have an afternoon feast – more like an early dinner. I threw together some pasta shells with spinach, chickpeas, and Classico tomato basil sauce, and sauteed eggplant slices in garlic and olive oil. I snipped a little fresh parsley on top. It was perfecto.
My next task was bubble bath. Since moving in to a place with an awesome bath tub, I decided that this must be a weekly ritual. I got the bubbles going and eased into the tub until my fingers got nice and pruney. I’m convinced that a bubble bath is really, really good for the soul. To make it even better, husbo came in to gift me with a little teacup of Ben & Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie ice cream (no pic – I was in the tub). Yes, I was eating ice cream in a bubble bath. I always think there’s something funny and purely decadent about having dessert after a midday meal, and this pretty much confirmed that.
So now, I’m going to take a little nap before heading out tonight. I find that if I’m supposed to stay out until midnight (or later) I definitely need a disco nap during the day.
So there you have it: yoga, feast, bubble bath and ice cream. Nap time for me. What do you do on the weekends to recharge your batteries?
I had a wonderful rainy Sunday here. We are slowly but surely packing up the rest of our things for the long-awaited move. Along with packing up our things, our food supply is dwindling big-time. I’m trying to use up all the odds and ends in the fridge/pantry so we won’t have to waste any food. The result is often nutritionally unbalanced and/or relatively small meals. Today highlights that point perfectly.
Lunch was a can of Amy’s split pea soup that I found in the back of the cupboard. We didn’t have any bread/crackers to go with it… no fruit left either (sad face). AND I even split the can with husbo. Yes, I know.
Even with the brunch of champions today, we were both still really hungry after our measly bowls of soup. I still had a little homemade granola mixed with peanut butter left, so we each had a little bowl of that too.
Our dinner was also a mix of ‘found’ items around the kitchen that turned out to be very tasty. The fridge contributed some ground turkey breast, half a brick of cheddar cheese, and salsa. In the cupboard I had half a box of penne. I browned the turkey while the water boiled, and grated the cheddar while the pasta cooked. I mixed everything together, then added some breadcrumbs on top as a finishing top. For a fifteen minute meal that was pretty much thrown together with kitchen scraps, it was pretty darn tasty.
The rest of my evening is pretty much a countdown until Mad Men comes on at 10, haha. In the meantime, I’ll probably pack more clothes, do some school work, and schedule my week. Luckily I have tomorrow off so I will probably be able to finish all the packing (finally!).
Leftovers referring to both my dinner (awesome) and sort of how I feel after this evening. As I had mentioned earlier, there was a leak in my ceiling and I had to run home to tend… Ahhh! I really can’t get out of this place any more quickly!
While I feel like leftovers… I’m now longer comfortably ‘living’ in my current place, but instead am in some weird limbo. As a result, I don’t have access to all my kitchen goodies – arghhh.
Well, I did manage to dig up some lovely leftovers to put together this delight:
Well, despite the poor quality of my iphone pics, this was really really awesome. It was like a Farmer’s Market special:
- ground turkey breast
- leftover mashed sweet potatoes
- black beans
- broccoli and red peppers
- onions, chives, garlic.
It only took about 10 minutes and fed husbo and I with extras for lunch tomorrow
I’m relaxing with a Pilsner Urquell and “He’s Just Not That Into You.” Sometimes leftovers are just the ticket.
This is arguably my favorite summer-time meal. I have always hated mayo for some reason, but I loved the flavors and idea of chicken salad – so easy and tasty you just slap it on some bread and done-ski!
This really couldn’t be any easier. I usually use left-over chicken breast or (even faster) the chicken breasts from a store-bought rotisserie chicken. I chop the chicken into small cubes (some people prefer to shred – whatever). I toss them in a bowl, chop some onions (or scallions, what ever you have on hand) for it too. The onions add that necessary crunch. Next, mix a vinaigrette of smooth dijon mustard (like Grey Poupon), red wine vinegar, and olive oil. Toss with the chicken and onions. I top it off with kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, and herbs de provence (you can use what ever spices you like). I toss it again then put it in the fridge. It gets even better the longer it sits melding flavors in the fridge.
I’m kind of a purist (usually just onions and chicken), but you can add lots of stuff: celery, apples, walnuts, raisins, etc… or even switch up the vinaigrette.
Regardless, it’s super-easy and delicious. It’s a great cool sangie for the summer!
When I’m in a pinch, or just looking to unload some leftovers, this is the meal I go to. It’s fast, easy, versatile, and delicious (not to mention very good for you). It’s an easy three-step process. It may take a whopping 5 minutes to make. Seriously.
There you have it. My black bean soup. All you need are black beans, salsa, and chicken broth in its most basic form. Add all three (no need to use more than 1/3 or so of the salsa with a whole can of beans) to a blender, food processor, or Magic Bullet (my tool of choice). Mix it up. You can eyeball it to see if you’d like it more creamy or more soupy (for more soupy just add more chicken broth). Then heat and eat. It is super tasty in this barebones form. Note: This would also work w/ veggie broth for any vegetarians out there.
On Tuesday I made this for lunch and added chopped onions and leftover shredded chicken on top. Sometimes I add milk to it, a cheddar cheese cube, or a clove of garlic before I toss it in the Bullet.
I’ve even used other bean combos… like a more Italian-style soup using white beans, garlic, onions, rosemary, and chicken broth. This version is great with some crusty bread. No matter how it’s prepared, it’s always fast tasty, and nutritious.
Are there any delicious easy combos that you’ve come up with in a pinch?