Salad in a Jar

Salad in a Jar - The Salty Kitchen

Salad in a Jar – The Salty Kitchen

 

While I’ve been on this whole Paleo-kick, I’ve discovered several things about myself.

One.

I really, really like ghee. Like, really.

Two.

I can eat more than one avocado at a time, in one sitting, and at any given time of day.

Three.

I despise preparing my normal lunch staples.

I’m a wannabe food blogger, so I love being in the kitchen. That said, I like being in there creating, experimenting, and trying new recipes.

I do NOT like washing lettuce, making my lunches the night before, and hunting for storage containers for salads.

Then, I saw the light. I actually saw the light on Pinterest. Most people see the light there. It’s a fact.

Salad in a Jar. She’s my new best friend.

Here’s what you do.

Get out a few mason jars (I went to Hobby Lobby and got three large ones). My work week begins on Monday, so on Sunday I spend a few hours washing all my produce for the week. It’s a beee-aatch to do, but it really does save time in the long run – and I don’t any excuses for not eating what I washed.

(If you are curious, I buy a six-pack of Romaine lettuce from Costco, wash it all, and dry it on paper towels. I then roll up the leaves in several “bundles” in dry paper towels and store in gallon bags in the fridge.)

Assembly-line style, add your dressing, vegetables that are okay to be “marinated” (onions, mushrooms, zucchini, celery), then tomatoes, and the rest of your salad. Fill to the top with greens and seal.

Make sure the dressing doesn’t get sloshed around until you are ready to eat – then you just shake it.

I bring avocados and grilled chicken separately, and I’m not sure if I would add egg to this salad. Has anyone done this?

Anyway, these jarred salads keep for at least three days in the fridge.

It’s a really good tool to use to keep you in line for having a solid, healthy lunch, with no excuses (I’m the queen of those).

Plus, I can mess up my kitchen during the week for more important things. Like pancakes.

 

** Linked to Miz Helen’s Country Cottage.

Salad in a Jar - The Salty Kitchen

Salad in a Jar – The Salty Kitchen

 

Cream of Tomato Soup – Paleo

Creamy Tomato Soup - The Salty Kitchen

Creamy Tomato Soup – The Salty Kitchen

 

Tomatoes are funny vegetables/fruits for me. Do you have an opinion about these? Is it strange to have a thought more than, “add tomatoes” or “no tomatoes”?

Hmm.

I love them cold in salads or on sandwiches. But hot tomatoes are not my thing. I will not, under any circumstances, eat a soup, cheese dip, or casserole, with warm, chunky, and mushy tomatoes involved. Well, I’ll probably eat it, but I won’t eat the tomatoes. No way.

There are lines I won’t cross.

But if I can puree a tomato….well, all bets are off.

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Chicken Tenders – Paleo

 

Paleo Chicken Tenders - The Salty Kitchen

Paleo Chicken Tenders – The Salty Kitchen

Having our lives revolve around a 7-year old and a 4-year old requires a lot of patience, time, love, nurturing, laughter, Dora/Sophia/Star Wars/WWE/Scooby-Doo, and lots and lots of chicken tenders.

My kids would eat them each and every single day if they could. They try to demand them for dinner in front of other well-to-do parents, who I’m sure feed their kids freshly hulled peas. After demands are made, they sing “Pump Up the Jam” (Thank you Wii Just Dance. ‘Preciate it.).

They have this sort of obsession for chicken tenders like I do a good margarita.

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Italian Meatballs – Paleo

Italian Meatballs - The Salty Kitchen

Italian Meatballs – The Salty Kitchen

Meatballs have suddenly become a staple in our household. (Reference here, here and here – I told you.)

If I continue to eat Paleo, I will continue to obsess about meatballs.  So far, I do enjoy eating this way, and I really haven’t had any issues. I feel great, my stomach is flatter, and I dare say, my skin is clearer.

Of course, this way of eating would be a lot cooler if pasta and bread were allowed. Stupid cavemen.

But these meatballs are good enough for me to eat sans noodles.

No. I’m still here. Lightning didn’t just get me.

I quickly get tired of salads each day for lunch, and while I love all the avocados I’m allowed to eat, I still miss something about a warm, comforting meal. These do the trick.

I’m actually happy while eating under the fluorescent lights at my desk at work. I feel fancy. I feel worldly.

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Date Shake – Dairy Free, Paleo

Date Shake - The Salty Kitchen

Date Shake – The Salty Kitchen

My daughter is really, really into playing I Spy.

Each time we get into the car, we play, and we have to designate if the item spied is in the car or outside of the car. We go on and on playing until I end up zoning out, shrugging my shoulders, and saying sighing,  “I give up.”

I Spy is getting on my nerves, to say the least.

Sooooo….

We have another game. The Rhyming Game. Yep. We are one creative bunch around these parts.

I have her rhyme with cat, dog, tree, or car.

Her words for me to rhyme with?

watermelon

newspaper

trashcan

mailbox

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