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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!

246. Slow Cooker Saturday: Slow Cooker Falafel

I’m a day late on this week’s slow cooker Saturday because this week’s recipe actually got made on Saturday of this week! Unbelievable I know!

This week I made SlowCooker Falafel from CrockPot365.  I followed the recipe exactly except subbing out some spices and stuff I didn’t have.  I used 1/4 c of dried minced onion because I was out of onion (ridiculous!).  I didn’t have coriander or cayenne pepper so I used a heaping teaspoon of paprika.  Otherwise it was game on.  I cooked mine for just over 3 hours, and I did flip them half way through.

I got 8 falafel out and served them in whole wheat pita pockets with a simple cucumber dill sauce.  I wanted to have some red onion in there too, but again, no onions in the house.

Cucumber Dill Sauce

Ingredients
1 c. diced seedless cucumber
1 c. sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
1 T. dried dill, (heaping)
salt and pepper to taste
lemon juice to taste (optional)

Do It
Combined all ingredients in a small bowl.  Cover and chill for 20 – 30 minutes.

I was really impressed with this recipe.  I’ve never made falafel before, and I was surprised how similar these tasted to falafel I’ve gotten at restaurants before.

The cook time on this recipe is a little awkward to me.  It’s something that would be difficult for me to make for dinner during the week unless I got a timer for the slow cooker.  I’m considering making a batch one evening this week to have for lunch though.

If you’re a fan of falafel, I would definitely suggest you try this out!

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