Somehow, it's just always the thing that gets pushed down the "To Do" list.
But not today. Today, although this is not up to the usual, visual-standards I like to maintain, I give you…
Ehem. Drumroll please……………
my lunch time salad.
She's a beaute ain't she? (that picture didn't turn out so bad after all) Well, it was delicious whether your mouth is watering or not.
Today's salad consisted of:
- red tipped romaine lettuce
- kidney beans
- garbonzo beans
- goat cheese crumbles
- chopped walnuts
- dried cranberries
- pickled jalapeños
- fresh cracked, black pepper
- and about a tablespoon of balsamic vinaigrette
The final product had a nice, lingering heat (thanks to the jalapeños) and the balsamic vinegar, though a permeating flavor, was very complementary with the other sweet and savory flavors; plus, at 10 calories per tablespoon, its such a great way to add a ton of flavor without sacrificing a ton of calories in just the dressing alone.
Note: goat cheese definitely doesn't fall under the Whole Foods, Plant-Based diet category. Strictly speaking, that diet consists of no meat or dairy products of any kind. But, as mentioned in an earlier post, I have backed off from a strict, w.f.p.b. diet to one that includes fish and dairy, from time to time. When I do eat dairy, it is usually this, goat cheese. It's incredibly creamy texture and smooth, I wanna say, almost warm taste is especially complementary with toasted nuts and dried cranberries. It was a little odd to add the peppers. Ordinarily, I have a few cherry tomatoes or peppadew peppers (bright red, surprisingly sweet, and super good) on hand to help beef up my dish. Today though I thought, "Yeah. I could do with a little heat."
So there you have it.
Delightful. Delicious. and Quite Nutritious.
In addition to this, I had some fresh cut veggies and some fresh made spicy, black bean dip. (Ya' think I was hankerin' for some heat today? I guess so…)