6.20.2014

Recipe // My Favorite Summer Meal


Happy Friday! I don't often post recipes here (mostly because I don't actually cook all that much...), but today I thought I would share one of my favorite meals to make during the summer since it is light and fresh. In truth, I am rather lazy and impatient when it comes to cooking. I don't like to spend hours in the kitchen or make things that dirties several pots or pans. I prefer things that are quick, simple, and healthy (I try!). When I am short on time or want to get to the eating part quickly, this is one of my go-to concoctions.
It is super simple (just the way I like it) and can be adjusted to be made with whatever veggies you have on hand. Plus, it is just filling enough and always leaves me feeling satisfied in a healthy way.

Generally, my recipe goes something like this:
+ Start with a bed of greens on a plate (this time I used a "power greens" mix of spinach, kale, & chard)
+ Chop veggies of your choice & add to greens (I used tomatoes & onion because that's what I had on hand)
+ Add a little of your favorite crumbled cheese
+ Cook a patty of your choice and place on top of salad (I love the frozen chile lime chicken patties or turkey patties from Trader Joe's) *Bonus points for making your own patty!
+ Top with avocado
+ Finish with your favorite dressing! (this time I used a roasted garlic vinaigrette, but I often just mix a little balsamic vinegar & olive oil together)

*Note: I usually prefer to toss my greens, veggies, and dressing together in a bowl before placing on the plate so that it is easier to spread the dressing around. Also, this recipe can easily be made vegetarian by substituting a protein alternative.

That's it! Easy, right? What I especially like about this meal is how you can really change it up depending on what veggies or extras you add. Sometimes I add drained black beans, bell peppers, cucumber, slivered almonds... Anything really! It is an easy formula to follow and insures that I get the veggies I need, but still makes my tummy happy!

If you try this out, definitely let me know!

What's your favorite meal to make during the summer? How do you like your salads?


3 comments:

Ashley said...

This looks so delicious! I love anything with avocado!

Jess // Foreign Room said...

Me too! I don't understand how people don't like avocado! Makes anything better.

Jess // Foreign Room said...

That sounds so good too! I love chipotle ranch. Yum.

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