When There’s No Time for Salad

Okay, so sometimes you just don’t have time to make one more salad for dinner! Or, more likely, you are just a little bit sick and tired of chopping lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, celery, hard-boiled eggs, mousepads, staplers, pencils…oh, sorry…I guess I zoned out there a second and started listing off things sitting on my desk. But, yeah…the chopping…and chopping. It can get tedious and monotonotonotonous. (There I go again getting carried away!)

Soooo…I thought I’d make a handy-dandy little list o’ things to start off your dinner when you want to give yourself a gold star for making a salad, but you really just DON’T WANT TO MAKE ONE MORE SALAD!!!

1. Salad – You’re thinking…”Um, okay, so that one threw me. It’s a trick! She made me feel like there was a shortcut and now she’s laughing in my face! Sucker!” Alrighty, calm down now. It’s not a trick, I promise. I’m just saying that instead of feeling like your salad has to be some big ordeal, make a Super Simple Salad. It can be nothing more than a little baby lettuce from a bag (no chopping…yay!) with some chopped carrots (chopping…boo!) and a little shredded cheese (no chopping again…yay!). See? You can put up with chopping ONE thing, can’t you? As a matter of fact, if you are really lazy you could even forgo the toppings and just buy a bag of baby spinach. We’ve been known to eat the leaves plain with some meals.

2. Chlorophyll – Huh? Isn’t that the stuff in leaves? Why yes, Ms. Scientist, it is! And you can buy this stuff and pour it into a glass and drink it. EASY! No chopping! And here is our personal favorite (click for details)…

Bonus! It helps halitosis (Ask me how I know. Hint: I am married to a Greek and have Greek relatives who eat raw garlic. Yes, Papou, I’m talking about you…and Nana is very glad to have found chlorophyll!)

3. Shredded veggies with dressing – If it sounds like something I just made up off the top of my head…well, no comment. But regardless of its spur-of-the-moment origins, doesn’t it sound much easier to run some carrots and cucumbers through the food processor, throw some dressing on it and call it a salad rather than chopping up a cornucopia of vegetables well into the night? Healthy and fast. Sounds good to me!

4. Carrot and celery sticks – Okay, okay, so it’s really just a minor variation of #3, but I’m…
Sorry. I got so bored and tired of writing that sentence I couldn’t quite finish it. Let’s wrap things up. It’s pretty simple to pull these out of the fridge and throw them on the table with a bit of dressing (or no dressing). Just avoid the baby carrots you buy in a bag from the store. Apparently, they are all given a lovely chlorine bath. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t consider pool water part of a healthy diet.

If you are feeling guilty for taking the easy way out and are convinced that eating a healthy salad must include chopping and chopping and chopping, then I present to you my new-found Love of My Kitchen…My Vidalia Chop Wizard! Not sure it would enjoy dealing with hard carrots, but it can tackle the onions, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, and sometimes cheese (if you are patient) with ease. If you have to chop, this is the way to do it, girls.

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