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A Salad a Day: Take 2 Days 30-43

Ok... I know it looks like I abandoned my goal to get a salad a day.  Rest assured, I have not.  I've just been crazy busy so I haven't been able to try any new salad recipes.  I have been getting salads from the deli section of the store and I've had the old standard of greens and dressing.  I did try a new-ish fruit salad yesterday.  I used canned tropical fruit, chopped apples, sliced bananas, and 1/2 cup of honey Greek yogurt.  It was super yummy!

A Not So Weekly Report on the Boyack Adventures

You would think our lives would slow down once Les Miserables was over.  WRONG.  We are all still busy and rarely home.  Lilli is busy with many dance classes.  Hannah is always at the school - she even insists on staying there to do homework and is often there into the night for Into the Woods rehearsal.  Chad is at school or working out.  John is always at work and doesn't come home until very, very late. I am often running people around to appointments, helping at the school, and keeping Case busy. Now we have our friend living at our house too.  He is often gone at work or playing with his girls.  About the only things you can find at home are the dogs, cats and chickens.
 Lillian got to celebrate her birthday with the kids involved in Les Miserables.  Our silly friend Lyndsey organized a party for all the kids... ice cream, a water fight and dress up.  She had a fabulous time.  After the party, John took Lillian to get to get a new bike for her birthday.  I'd say she ha…

A Salad a Day: Take 2 , Days 24- 29

In case you are wondering... I have NOT abandon my goal of a salad a day.  It's been some of the busiest weeks for me... many events in the high school auditorium for me to be responsible for have kept me from the computer.  Those same evenat have kept me from making a bunch of new recipes.  Thankfully, I can find some quick alternitives.

For example, I was able to find a decent salad in the deli section of the grocery store on Wednesday.

Thursday we had a Cobb Salad
Ingredients 5 cups chopped romaine lettuce 1 cup diced ham 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced 2 hard-boiled eggs, diced 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese For the Greek yogurt ranch 1/3 cup Greek yogurt 1/4 cup buttermilk 1/4 teaspoon dill 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon onion powder Kosher salt, to taste Instructions To make the Greek yogurt ranch, whisk together Greek yogurt, buttermilk, dill, garlic powder, onion powder and salt in a small bowl; set aside. To assemble t…

A Salad a Day: Take 2 Day 21 and 22 and 23

Sunday ended up being a simple day.  I didn't have time to go to the store. So I just had lettuce and Honey Mustard dressing.  Monday I made BLT Salad:
ingredients: 2 cups butter lettuce, chopped
2 cups fresh arugula, chopped
1 pint grape tomatos, quartered
4 slices thick-cut bacon, fried and crumbled
1 cup sweet corn
1 avocado, chopped
4 ounces feta, crumbled 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lime, juiced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper directions: As a note, to chop my lettuce I like to lay it out on a big cutting board and just continuously run my knife through it (in all different directions) until it's chopped as much as I like. In a large bowl, combine lettuce, arugula, tomatoes, corn and avocado. Add in salt, pepper, olive oil and lime juice then toss well to coat. Fold in bacon and feta then divide evenly amount 2 plates. Serve! Today I am making Chopped Thai Chicken Salad:
INGREDIENTS Salad 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts1 small head green or white cabbage (2 cups shredded)…

A Salad a Day: Take 2 Day 19 and 20

Today marks 20 days of salad.  Not bad... yet so many more to go.

Yesterday we celebrated John's birthday.  We went to Thai food.  The Salad of the day became Thai Salad Rolls.

Today, I had left over salad for lunch and will be making the following salad for dinner:  Layered Chicken Taco Salad Ingredients 3 cup Romaine lettuce, chopped3 cup fresh spinach2 cup cooked chicken, shredded or diced2 can (11oz each) Mexicorn, whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, drained3 large Roma tomatoes, chopped1 1/2 cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese (left this out for me)2 green onions, chopped (tops too)1 1/2 cup southwest tortilla strips (or chips)2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped3/4 cup salsa3/4 cup French dressing (I used salsa) Instructions In a large glass bowl, layer half of the lettuce and spinach. Top with tomatoes, corn, chicken and remaining lettuce and spinach. Top with cheese.In a small bowl, mix together with salsa with French dressing. Pour over top of cheese. Garnish with cilantro, …

A Salad A Day: Take 2 Day 17 and 18

Yesterday was one crazy busy day... driving to Salem twice for dentist appointments, going down to the high school twice to help wit the play and see Hannah get an award, and even teaching lessons. Thus, it was a good thing I had left over salad from the day before... that was Day 17.

Today is Day 18 and I will be making the following salad I found on Pinterest:

Rainbow Chicken Salad

INGREDIENTS For the Salad 2 teaspoons olive oil8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts (mine were cut into smaller, thinner pieces which made the sauteing a bit easier)½ teaspoon salt½ teaspoon pepper1 teaspoon chili powder2 cups grapes, halved1 cup fresh blueberries3 cups curly lettuce, chopped½ cup feta cheese½ cup almonds, chopped or crushed For the Dressing 3 tablespoons almond butter1 tablespoon olive oil2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice3 tablespoons water1 tablespoon stoneground mustard½ tablespoon raw honey¼ teaspoon salt, more to taste½ teaspoon garlic
INSTRUCTIONS Heat the oil in a larg…

Salad A Day: Take 2 Day 16

Today, in honor of April Fool's day, I made Pistachio Salad.  Hey!  I'ts green... It has pineapple... :)

1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix6 to 7 drops green food coloring, optional3 cups miniature marshmallows1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained1/2 cup chopped pistachios or walnuts DirectionsIn a large bowl, combine whipped topping, pudding mix and food coloring if desired. Fold in the marshmallows and pineapple. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Just before serving, sprinkle with nuts.Yield: 12 servings.
Ok... in case you thought I've lost it... I did eat leftovers of the yummy cucumber salad I made yesterday and I tried this new recipe: Zucchini Gratin Basically a big frittata filled with vegetables and a bit of cheese making it a healthy choice for dinner!

Ingredients 2 small zucchini (about 1 lb)1 onion, finely chopped       2 cups whole milk1 cup fresh bread crumbs3 eggs, beaten3/4 cup…