I find lunches really hard as I'm not a huge fan of salads or sandwiches, so I'm always looking for new ways to make lunch healthy... but still entertaining and enjoyable to eat. This week, I made a non-leafy salad base and vowed to add three different things to it each day to make it different and yummy.
I have to say it was actually a huge success! I was excited to try new flavours and it challenged me to use our leftovers in new ways. Each salad included one to two cups of the salad base and then different ingredients to jazz it up.
Day One (Top Right)
For this salad I added strawberries, pork tenderloin and red onion, the dressing I used was a store bought roasted garlic balsamic. This one had great flavours, but I wish I had added another veggie.
Day Two (Bottom Left)
This one is our "Bang Bang" chicken salad. I often make homemade chicken nuggets and toss them in sweet chili thai sauce as an appetizer. This week we had some leftover so I warmed them up and added mandarine oranges and sesame seeds. I used my own white wine vinaigrette as the dressing for this (see below). This was my favourite variation - soooo good.
Day Three (Bottom Right)
I tend to always have homemade turkey or beef meatballs in the freezer from batch cooking, and for this salad I heated up some turkey meatballs in Guinness BBQ sauce and added carrots and craisins to the salad, again using my own dressing (below). For my husband he says it's a tie between this one and the day two salad but they were both great!
What do you do to meal prep and keep your food interesting day to day? Let me know in the comments below.
I love to cook, entertain, craft and create - all while being a wife, friend, daughter and a mom to a little boy.