I sit here with a growling stomach.
This is a new feeling for me. My stomach is rarely empty enough to make any noise.
The first food choice of the day is here.
Because I am prepared I have good choices on hand; good eggs and whole wheat bagels.
And because I am prepared it makes life so easy.
The problem is when I don't have something quick and easy to prepare or an idea or a recipe ready to go. It does take more effort to eat this way.
Sometimes I don't want to cook! I'm tired of cooking and thinking and planning.
I want a chef.
I could live like that.
But it looks like I am the chef.
(Patrick and I watched Julie and Julia again Friday night. This movie inspires me to cook and find the joy in it. I may be watching it over and over this year!)
Last night I made Betty Crocker's Mandarin Orange Salad. This is one of the few homemade salads I love. (Emma and I agree that making your own salad is just not the same. That reminds me...I want the chopped salad from Wildfire in Chicago...right now.)
I completely enjoyed my dinner last night and it was because I made this fantastic salad.
I made a few changes to cut down on the sugar. Instead of browning the almonds in sugar. I just didn't do it. Renegade. I know!
The rest I left the same. Yes, there is some sugar in the dressing. But that's okay.
I think like this. Mandarine Salad vs. Chicken Pot Pie.
Salad wins. By a long shot!
I am not going drastic here.
I'm in it for the long run.
Mandarin Salad by Miz Crocker
1/4 C sliced almonds
1T + 1 tsp sugar
1/4 head lettuce
1/4 bunch romaine
1 C celery chopped
2 green onions thinly sliced
11 oz can mandarin oranges, packed in juice
Sweet and Sour dressing;
1/2 C oil
4 T sugar
4 T vinegar
2 T snipped parsley
1 tsp salt
Cook almonds and sugar over low heat, stir until sugar is melted. Careful not to burn. Cool and break the almonds apart. Set aside.
Place lettuce/romaine celery and onions in a plastic bag. Pour in dressing and orange segments and shake, shake, shake,....shake, shake, shake,...shake your salad,
shake your salad, yeah.
Add almonds. Serve.
I have a lot left over for today. It gets pretty wilty...but hey! I just thought of something, I can add more lettuce to it. Yum! Can't wait till lunch!