Weekly Lunch Tip (salad bar)

Stock Your Own Salad Bar


For those of you looking to start the fall being money conscious but also looking your best, here is a great way to save over $25 per week.  Figure an average chopped salad-once you fix it up just the way you like it costs about $10.  Now you can totally deck out your fridge with your favorite ingredients for about $25 per week and it’ll last you ALL WEEK LONG.

Too much salad-NEVER. Especially the way I make ’em.  So if this idea catches your fancy-here’s the quick how-to:

Groceries:

Protein: I like chicken and tuna (turkey and bacon work great too)-grill the chicken before hand and dice it up so that it’s ready to go.  Tuna is easy-pop a can, strain, and top your salad

Dairy: cheese!  (you pick your fav: blue/goat/feta/cheddar) and hard-boiled eggsgrate cheese beforehand unless it is easily crumbled

Veggies: lettuce, broccoli, carrots, celery, peas, zucchini, peppers, cucumbers, baby corn, roasted red peppers (and mushrooms and beets, etc–let’s lump them into this category)-chop up all your veggies into bite sized pieces before hand so they are easy to add later

Fruit (in the right salad-just the right thing): mandarin oranges, grilled pears, cranberries, chopped apples, avocados, tomatoes–chop up all your fruit into bite sized pieces before hand so they are easy to add later

Extras: nuts (pine nuts, walnuts, sliced almonds), sunflower seeds,

Dressing: I love to make homemade ranch and to alternate it with a vinaigrette but if you like to buy let me recommend Annie’s Natural Dressings which are just delightful

So-if you take 1 hour of your time one night (or even on a Sunday afternoon) you can reap the rewards all week.  You’ll save on the cost of bought lunches.  You can make things just the way you like them with the freshest ingredients and you’ll be making healthy choices throughout the week because they will be convenient and delicious.

It’s that easy.

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