Last Monday was a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Mondays can be like that. Take for example, this Monday.
No, no, no I’m not going to tell you what made this morning bumpy. You know the endless ways there are to get off track! But I will tell you what made me smile in the face of, you know.
Salad in jars. That’s right, salad jars. If you want the nitty gritty about How to Pack the Perfect Salad in a Jar then click the link. It is a perfect tutorial and blog post.
But perfection isn’t what’s happening in our family right now and the good news is that salad in a jar doesn’t have to be perfect. Here’s my tip. Go to Costco and purchase a large gourmet salad kit (for example, the one with a sweet dressing, hardboiled egg, and bacon) for $9.99, a large veggie tray for $9.99, and a large box of salad greens for $3.99 . And purchase Annie’s Homegrown Goddess Dressing or some other delicious salad dressing that is unusual enough to not tempt you to make your own instead. We’re looking for speed, convenience, and delicious.
With all of your supplies ready at home, pull out the large gourmet salad kit and make half into a dinner salad, adding extra salad greens from box of salad greens, and one container of dressing included with kit. Serve. Make the other half into (2) quart salad jars also adding additional greens, splitting second dressing container between jars. (Pictured on right.)
Next day, again make a dinner salad, using boxed salad greens and veggies from the tray, sliced. Add some vinegar, olive oil, Italian seasoning, toss. Serve. Take your delicious bottle of salad dressing and pour some into (2) quart jars. Add vegetables from tray, slicing as needed. Top with more salad greens. (Pictured on left.) Reserve extra vegetables to be served with dip included with tray. Use any remaining salad greens on sandwiches.
Why are salad jars better than bagged salad? They are better quality, easily customized to taste, easy to control portions and calories, and less expensive. Why do salad jars make me smile? Because nutritious and delicious meals and side dishes are ready for this week, regardless of how bumpy this morning was. Take that, Monday.
What foods or other little joys make you smile when your day is off to a rough start? Do you make salads in jars? Tell me more 🙂
Have a terrific and leafy green week ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc