I made this salad for lunch on Sunday, and then it was so good that I made it for lunch again today. I fully intended to take a picture, but I forgot until I was already halfway through eating it so you’ll just have to use your imagination. The good news is salads are super easy and barely even count as a recipe (this one especially), so using your imagination shouldn’t be too hard.
This might be my favorite thing I’ve ever made.
For starters, while most desserts can never really be healthy but only healthier, I genuinely believe that this edible cookie dough can qualify as just plain healthy. It’s 100% whole grain with only one teaspoon of added sugar, and it has raisins, which can definitely count as a portion of a serving of fruit (I didn’t use enough to make up a whole serving).
But more importantly, there’s the edible cookie dough thing. Everyone I know eats cookie dough even though everyone knows you’re not supposed to. That said, I remember being unbelievably excited when I was a kid and I heard that they’d started selling edible cookie dough in grocery stores. Unfortunately, whoever made the product never considered the poor children like me who can’t (or won’t) eat chocolate, so the only flavors were chocolate chip and double chocolate chunk. What a disappointment. Therefore, this weekend I decided to take matters in my own hands and make edible cookie dough for myself.
I stumbled upon a salad recipe the other day that called for blue cheese dressing, but when I went to my Food Lion I couldn’t find any light options and all of the available choices were over 100 calories for two tablespoons, which is ridiculous and way more than I’m willing to use on a salad dressing. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and made this super easy and super yummy dressing myself! Did you know that you can make your own salad dressing? Because I definitely did not. But you can, and I did!
Healthy Blue Cheese Dressing
I’m going home for five days over Thanksgiving, and that means the last few days I’ve been trying to eat as much produce as possible so that it doesn’t all go bad while I’m gone. It also means I’ve had to go with some unconventional combinations as I’ve been trying to use up some ingredients while running out of others.
Today’s lunch was a great example of that, where I decided that I needed to make a salad to use up my kale, and then saw my hard boiled eggs and bacon and settled on a cobb salad. Except that I was missing a whole bunch of the things that cobb salads generally have, including dressing. So I got a little creative, pulled together a bunch of random things I had in my fridge that seemed appropriate, and then Googled cobb salad dressings and combined a few recipes to make my own. The good news is it was yummy, and only 343 calories! So now I share my unconventional cobb salad with you:
I had another busy weekend full of cooking! This time, though, the results were substantially healthier. Which is good. Cause now that my week of exercise and nutrition break is over (I kicked off the beginning of my return to healthiness with a 6.3 mile run Saturday morning), it’s time to get serious again.
So speaking of getting serious, omelets are a really great healthy breakfast because they’re filling, adjustable in size, easily modified for lots of variations, relatively easy to make, and (depending on what you put in them) very nutritious! I actually almost feel silly giving a recipe because omelets are so easy that really all I probably need to do is say “hey, make an omelette and put this stuff on it.” But alas, I will provide the entire recipe anyway. Here’s mine:
And here’s how to make it:
I originally intended to write a post about nutrition today, but then I made this amazing creation for dinner last night and it was so delicious that I felt it would be a crime against humanity not to share it, so here it is. Nutrition will have to wait until Friday.
This was honestly one of those most amazing things I have ever cooked. I ate everything you see in that picture above and as soon as I finished it I was both stuffed and disappointed that I couldn’t eat more. If I’d had another avocado I probably would have made more. AND it only took like twenty minutes to make, start to finish. PLUS for one of the chicken breasts you see in that picture it’s only about 300 calories. Amazing.
But enough talking. Here’s the recipe:
So I was craving some alfredo sauce this evening, but unfortunately, the problem with alfredo is that it generally has a lot of calories since it’s based in heavy cream, butter, and cheese – all very fatty things. Also I didn’t have any. So, to solve this problem, I decided to take a crack at making my own.
I know, it doesn’t look very appetizing, but bare with me for a moment cause it was actually pretty good. If it helps, it looks much better this way: