Some people, like my sister Hope, crave steak for dinner, followed by ice cream and brownies for dessert. Some people enjoy salads as a “pre-meal” or only eat salad on “fat days” when they feel forced to eat healthy. I am quite the opposite. Salads are a staple in my “diet” and I am constantly excited try new ones, enjoy constant favorites (like the fourth one pictured from Atrias in Pittsburgh) and make them on my own. As much as I love them, it sometimes can get boring and bland, so I have to mix-it-up and experiment! Part of my summer routine includes making a crazy salad every night for dinner. Recent additions to my delicious salad mix include: PEPPERS (all colors, always), corn, fresh mozzarella, avocado, fruit (berries usually!) and Wheat thins. A few beauties:
As constant as my salad routine is, I also maintain the same for my breakfast choices. Coffee is a must; flavored creamer. Iced or hot. I’m a firm believer in the quote “A morning without coffee is like sleep.” The rest of my breakfast is usually a jumbled mess of yogurt, various fruit and granola. Favorites below:
Below are a few more pictures from other favorite food creations or restaurant pics. That amazing salad bar can be found at Goddess and the Grocer downtown Chicago and the flatbread pizza was a recent pick at Chef Geoff’s when I visited DC this past weekend. These are a little break from my meal routines at home, but were nothing less than excellent and delicious.
What are “staples” when it comes to meals this summer? How do you mix up your meals so you don’t get bored with what you’re eating?