It is week 3 of going Paleo in this house and I must admit I am feeling so much better. Knee aches and pains are slowly going away and joints are feeling better and better by the day. Now I can actually beat my body up during a workout and push harder. I really am thinking that this will be the life style for me. After being sick and on over 50 different medications throughout my young years I really wish I had done this 10 even 15 years ago. Or that the parents had looked into alternative life styles and diet changes for people with auto immune diseases. But I can be grateful for today and the knowledge I have now and use it to my advantage to make sure I am the healthiest version of myself I can be.
Anyways! On to the salad! :)
I pretty much eat a salad everyday for lunch, I know boring right? WRONG!! I love my salads, in fact when I do not take one for lunch and have something different I find myself craving one for dinner that night. Just shows me my body likes it. So how do you keep salads from being mundane and boring? Switch up the style. This week I thought about going for a taco style salad that would be paleo and yummy all at once! I found it in an avacado tomato based dressing and the right blend of seasoned meat.
First for the dressing only 3 ingredients!
1 ripe avacado
1/2 cup (or more/less depending on your texture preference) of canned salt free tomato puree
2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice (to your liking again)
Blend all 3 in your blender and viola! I got this into 5 servings at only 2 Points Plus per serving!
This was creamy and tangy all at the same time and I used half for my salad and saved half for my carrot sticks later than afternoon for my snack. It was more than enough for both.
The salad is simple you can toss in whatever you fancy ;)
I stuck with lettuce, tomato and red pepper I am a simple gal
And the meat! I bought the 99% fat free extra lean ground turkey, I just prefer this one over the others you have to be careful when buying ground meat a lot of them can have the skin and everything ground right in so check out the labels. I sauted my turkey in 1 tablespoon of flax oil, garlic, onions, green pepper and more red peppers. Then I seasoned it with some chili powder, black pepper, and mrs. Dash.
It really came out nice. I weighed out 5 Points Plus servings on my scale and baggied them up for my week. I got 4 servings so you could break it up into 4 equal servings for 5 points plus per serving for the meat.
Salad is free! So this salad is a 7 points plus serving for lunch or dinner. I take mine to work and I always assemble right before I eat! I hate soggy salads, this technique has worked for me. I bring the salad in a container and toss the meat in, then the dressing goes on top and I shake it in the container. Then it is ready to eat. Before I would make the salad at home and it would sit all day in dressing and with whatever protein I was using and it just did not taste as good as the one I assembled right before eating it.
I must admit I was surprised at how good this combination of flavors came together!
What is your favorite salad combination?