286. Garbage for Lunch


Since joining Weight Watchers, my fruit and veggie intake – especially veggies – has skyrocketed.  Since they’re zero points, I’ve been making sure to really load up on them.  This is especially true at lunch.  Lately I have been relying on what I’ve started calling “garbage salads” as my go-to lunch.  These salads are pretty much whatever I have in my fridge tossed on a bed of lettuce and spinach from the farmer’s market.  There’s no recipe here – just a method and a simple one at that.

Step 1: Tear up 3 – 4 oz of lettuce and spinach and toss in large bowl or tupperware

Step 2: Top with whatever you happen to have in your fridge.  Seriously.image

This has become my #1 way to load up on veggies and use leftovers.  Yes, I’ve made more “traditional” salads with leftover grilled veggies or fruits, but more often I just toss leftovers from the previous day onto the salad.  I’ve used the left over filling from my stuffed mushrooms.  I’ve made a batch of couscous at the beginning of the week to add to my salads throughout the week.  I had a whole mess of chunky homemade pineapple mango salsa leftover after fish tacos a few weeks ago so I used that along with some crushed blue corn chips and shredded cheese.  Last week I was eating leftover pasta salad in my garbage salads.  (Also, pasta salad recipe will be posted next week.)  Today I’ve got left over mac and cheese on my salad!

I absolutely love this garbage salad for lunch.  It’s quick to throw together.  It’s a great way to use leftovers.  It always leaves me full and satisfied.  There’s even been a couple occasions where I haven’t been able to finish the salad I’m so full!  Now get going and make yourself a garbage salad for lunch today!

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