I've been trying to be healthier and choose smarter food options. I actually like salads a lot and don't know why I don't eat them more often as a main dish for lunch or dinner. I think part of it is that sometimes they can seem like too much work with all the peeling and chopping.
I've been seeing more ideas, on places like pinterest, for easy lettuce cups or boats as a way to eat salad. They're also a handy way to lighten up things that are yummy - but more fattening - due to carbs. Serve them in a big romaine leaf cup (or "boat" like their shape) and they can still be tasty, but far less calories.
I made these easy caesar boats the other day for lunch. They were so easy, and so tasty, and I didn't even miss all those croutons.
I washed some large romaine leaves. I then added 2 tbsp of yummy caesar dressing (only needed a little). And topped them with some shredded leftover rotisserie chicken I had on hand. I then added some grated parmesean cheese and some black pepper. Such a fun way to eat a salad!
Instead of croutons I added a sprinkle of sunflower seeds. Quite a tasty lunch! I've also eaten turkey & cheese, or ham & cheese "sandwiches" this way. Just put a little mustard or honey mustard on the leaves and add the meat and cheese. Cuts out those carbs, but still has yummy fresh and crunchy flavor with the crisp lettuce. You could roll them up as a "wrap" too. Here's some other ideas I saw on pinterest:
Chicken salad with fruit and nuts wrapped in lettuce leaves.
Some chicken lettuce tacos and some pulled pork lettuce sandwiches. Yum!
Even a neat way to have a gluten free dessert - this one has lemon pudding on it with strawberries & candied pistachios. The lettuce is just a fresh "vehicle" to put the dessert all together in an easy-to-eat way. Such fun ideas!! Here's to happy healthy eating. ;)
I have some busy days ahead so I'll be taking a break through the weekend. I'll be back on Monday. Have a wonderful weekend!