Not Oatmeal Breakfast Salad

For the ladies and gents who asked. Salad is good any time of day. I like it in the am instead of hot cereal. In this case bulgur subs for oatmeal, but so could barley or wheat berry. Any whole grain. The veg can be poached from leftovers. Do yourself a favor and dress with olive oil or lemon juice, or better yet make a super simple vinaigrette that has zero of the additives of store brands.

1/2 cup cooked bulgur warm, cold or room temp

Handful cooked green beans whole, or 1 inch

Handful grape tomatoes, halved

1/4 bell pepper, sliced and diced

2 spoonfuls feta (or cooked white beans for dairy averse)

Sprinkle of chopped parsley, dill, both or nothing

Vinaigrette

1 tablespoon olive oil

2-3 teaspoons white vinegar

1 teaspoon-ish

A few grinds of pepper

2 big pinches salt

Shake & drizzle over salad

Double down if you're feeding more than one

Eat – B

 

“Remember Summer” Greek Chicken & Salad

Don't you hate when you know everyone expects a dinner but nobody has a suggestion about what it should be? Not helpful! How about pasta bolognese? Or beef stew? Or even meatloaf for goodness sake?!

I did get “something lighter” as a suggestion from the love of my life last week. I took that to mean chicken. This is what we call a no recipe, recipe. Most ingredients are approximate and flexible except the chicken.

Ingredients

2 lbs chicken thin cutlets

1 lemon, halved

3-4 cloves garlic

1/2 teaspoon oregano

Olive oil

Salt pepper

Combine 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, juice from half a lemon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, healthy dose of pepper, chopped garlic and oregano. Marinate chicken a couple of hours in the fridge or 30 minutes counter top. Either way leave on counter top 20 minutes before cooking.

Heat 1 or more tablespoons of oil in heavy duty sauté pan over medium heat. Less if non stick, more if metal. Add chicken in 2 batches (or use 2 pans) when it shimmers. Flip chicken when edges turn opaque. Cooking takes about 3 minutes per side if thin. Meat thermometer should show 165. Squeeze other lemon half over finished chicken.

Serves 4

Salad

2 Persian cucumbers, halved, quartered and sliced

1 pint cherry tomatoes – yr best winter option, halved &/or quartered

Bell pepper, chunked in smaller pieces

Big handful hearty lettuce leaves like romaine, chopped

2 tablespoons dill, chopped

2 scallions sliced

1/2 cup crumbled feta

1 lemon

Olive oil

Calamata olives (optional)

Salt & pepper

Combine all vegetables. Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and juice from half the lemon, a few pinches of salt, pepper to taste. Toss and combine feta and olives if using. Adjust olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Carb appreciators add bread or pita. Hummus on the side. I make mine (EZ!) – don't feel compelled.

Eat – B

 

 

Eat Your Veg

It's the “It” vegetable of the day, but don't let that deter you from making this dish at home. I will also say – unless you're meat free, ordering cauliflower as a main while dining out is a big fat…well, you know. It's a pretty big markup for little investment. Do it if the chef is your bestie.

For all others consider, click here for the 1-2-3 recipe.

 

Eat – B

 

OMG, Is Tonight Book Group? Salad

My book group is no wine and cheese affair, although there is always wine and usually cheese. As a member who's missed more meetings than I've attended, I usually try to step up my contribution. Except last week, with 430 roses being processed for an event, a pediatric visit and the need to visit two (!) shops for dog food, I made the clear decision to work with what I had. And it had to be assembled quickly.

That meant green beans, tomatoes (and I added cucumber). My son googled the ingredients between doctor, vet and pet store. Book group ate it up. Click here for the recipe.

**note: I halved the recipe and added less salt. The juice of one lemon was enough for half.

 

Eat – B

 

 

Inspiration For The Salad Bowl

I'm thinking you can slavishly follow this recipe, or pick and choose among your fave ingredients. If you're living grill-less, skip the charring of the vegetables and use them raw.

Whatever you do, toast the almonds and overload on the ricotta salata. Just a thought…I've got your back 🙂

Click here for the recipe.

Eat – B

 

 

Breakfast salad for Meat-free Monday

 

Despite my sweet teeth, I mostly prefer savory for breakfast. If grains and veggies are not your daybreak cup of tea, try this salad for lunch or dinner. It tastes the same.I made this as a single serving but double or quadruple. It keeps well for a couple of days and travels nicely too! 

Ingredients
1/4 cup barley, cooked 
1 pickling cucumber, chopped 
Handful of cherry tomatoes, chopped 
1 tablespoon dill, chopped 
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon-ish red wine vinegar 
1 oz feta, crumbled 
Salt 
Pepper 

Combine barley, pinch of salt & up to 1 cup water. Boil & reduce to simmer, cooking until it's just slightly chewy. Drain excess water if there is any. Cool slightly & combine all other ingredients. Adjust pepper, salt & vinegar to taste. I like to assemble it when it's warm. You could add red onion or chives, but even I don't indulge at breakfast. :)

 Eat - B

 

The House Dressing, Green Edition

I get many calls for this salad dressing. Before I bought into the precious nature of balancing single estate olive oil and artisanal vinegar in just the right proportions, I ate this and happily. It's got a million uses from salad, to grilled veggies, to steak marinade. My mom called it the house dressing. This version is green. It's got a match in red. And we've always whipped it together in a blender or food processor (hello, Ninja!)

Probably for the first time ever, I tried to measure out ingredients, but adapt to your own taste.

Ingredients

1 big clove garlic

Small handful parsley leaves (less stem)

Small handful dill (less stem)

BLITZ BLENDER

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2-3 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon salt

Several grates pepper

BLITZ BLENDER

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons veg or neutral flavor oil

BLITZ AGAIN – Adjust seasonings, oil & vinegar

Note: most recently I used this dressing with a minimal amount of mayo in chicken salad – a winner!

Second note: it keeps really well if fridge. Big batch it!

Eat-B