This year we are participating in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share through Echollective Farm. As expected, we've been buried in the overflowing bounty of fresh, organic greens. SJM:"What are we having for dinner"
Repeat every day for three weeks.
My first order of business was to re-invent the salad game (not affiliated with The Game)- having salad every night for our main course calls for variation. Following is an unproven, unaccredited method for preparing a delicious, nutritious salad based meal. It smells good too(It might not smell that good.)!
Choose at least one of these: A light, leafy green lettuce
- Spring greens
- Baby greens mix
- Lettuce mix
- Beans - pinto, black, chickpea, etc.
- Meat - a lean meat such as turkey or chicken, the size of a deck of playing cards is one serving
- Fish - Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon, tuna, etc. (same serving size as above)
- Mushrooms - cooked shiitake or a portabella cap, etc.
- Green Beans
- ANY VEGGIES
- Nuts - almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, peanuts
- Seeds - toasted sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, poppy seeds
- Nori (dried seaweed)
- Dried fruits - cherries, cranberries, raisins, figs, blueberries
- Fresh fruit - apple, pear, orange slices, papaya
- Tips: These are tasty, but high in sugar and low(er) in nutritional value. Use sparingly!
- Freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Sea salt
- A small amount of oil (1 TBS) - olive, walnut, safflower
- Balsamic vinegar
- Tips - Dressing can add a lot of calories so stick to the recommended serving size
- Cheese - small amount, DUH! Maytag Blue is a household favorite
- Raw food crackers
- Hard or soft boiled egg (a good source for protein)
- To revive wilted lettuce or greens: place in an ice water bath (50/50 ratio) for at least 30 minutes - you can leave the whole shebang in the fridge overnight as well. Drain or spin; store in a loose, open plastic bag or special vented vegetable container or use.
This is the CSA I belong to: http://echollectivecsa.blogspot.com/
**Hey, I'm not a nutritionist, dietician or medical doctor. Never said I was, so don't be a jagoff. These are my personal opinions, only.**