Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sip and Shop Sunday [Salad Edition]

Happy New Year, friends! (I do realize it's February, but that's kind of still the beginning of the New Year, right??)  It's been a while and then some since I've last posted, but I'm back today to share a little healthy New Year's tip.

We eat a lot of salad in our little hive, both for lunches and dinners.  While salad isn't particularly time consuming or difficult to make, I've discovered a couple little tips that you can do on Sunday and then enjoy all week long.

While we love the ease of bagged salad, it just doesn't compare in terms of taste and freshness and chopping yourself ahead of time tended to result in wilted leaves....until now.  Enter the salad spinner.  We happened upon this by accident, having chopped, spun, and ultimately stored in the fridge when we ended up going out one night instead of eating at home.  Three days later the salad was still crisp, fresh, and delicious.  It's now become part of the Sunday routine.

To prep salad for the week, simply chop (or tear if you prefer), rinse, and spin.  Then store in the spinner and enjoy all week long!

A couple tips:

  • Make sure to spin to dry as much as possible.
  • Discard any water that accumulates in the bottom of the spinner.  Check throughout the week to see if any additional water has accumulated.
  • You can place a paper towel on top of the lettuce, too, to soak up any additional water, if desired.
  • This is the spinner we have.  I would think any would work, we can just only confirm this one.
While were at it, I whip up a big batch of dressing to use throughout the week, too.  While we still use our favorite standbys (this balsamic dressing and this creamy dressing) Santa brought a new little dressing bottle that takes streamlines the process, while offering other recipes to mix things up.  

The bottle is glass, so is perfect for storing long term, and has 8 recipes printed right on the side.  Just add the liquid ingredients first (oil, vinegar, lemon, etc.), add the spices, and then shake.  We've tried several and they're terrific.  We've decided we like to use a little less oil than what is called for, but just simply fill shy of the fill line for that particular ingredient.  Easy peasy.

With that, I'm off to prep for the week!  Wishing you a terrific week!

Happy Shopping!

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