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Brought to you in part by my husband Clifford! The recipe is from me!
I hate salads.
I mean, they are not bad when I make them with real bacon, grilled chicken and maybe some chopped steak on top. But real salads, the kind that make you feel like a rabbit when you eat them — I hate them. Really it’s all vegetables except asparagus and the non-vegetables of potatoes and corn.
Without my wife to keep me in line, I would eat like most 12-year-olds wish they could. The coffee is the only clue most days that I’m an actual adult. I still choose a hamburger and fries over anything actually good for me, and a nightly routine that includes ice cream and Netflix binging (House of Cards is entertaining and disturbing at the same time) have lead me to new heights in body weight.
I should get a medal.
So I found myself in the aisle of Save-A-Lot grocery store recently.
With a head of lettuce for my first salad in probably two years, I was pondering choices for dressings. I know, dressings are no friend to the would-be weight-loss effort. But I have a plan. I soak my first salad with ranch or a creamy Caesar. It’s a tactic I’ve followed in the past when I needed to lose weight. I slowly eliminate the dressing, until I’m eating a dry salad with maybe some Chinese noodles on top.
I’d planned on buying honey mustard, it is my go-to salad dressing, but it seems to be considered more of a dip for chicken wings than a dressing for salad, and it can be hard to find. This day, I chose the Portmann’s Creamy Caesar and, since it was inexpensive, I got the Ranch and Italian too. Italian is good on fish too. Tilapia is another food that helps me eat without adding to my growing waistline.
Salads, despite that initial feeling that I’m eating hay, really are a good way to cut calories while getting iron and other vitamins. I brought all this home to wife and turned it over to her for inspiration. Knowing my penchant for meat, she suggested Meatless Taco Salad. Um, say what?
Here is her recipe:
1 head of lettuce
2 cups of mixed greens
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can corn (drained and rinsed)
1 diced red onion
Crunchy tortilla strips
Shredded Cheddar Jack
Her recipe was simple enough for me to follow. I prepped all the ingredients from Save-A-Lot and made up a Meatless Taco Salad. It was enough for 4-6 people. It was amazingly delicious! I mean, obviously, I missed the meat, but I felt less guilty eating this. As a bonus it was healthy and filling too.
If you are like me and trying to get healthy and get ready for an active summer try out my wife’s recipe! While you’re at, head to your Save-a-lot and get all your ingredients there and save money while you shop! You will be amazed at the deals you can find there!
Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen