So what do I use in mine? To start.......Lettuce and baby spinach (I buy pre-packed lettuce mixes/baby spinach-Make sure you wash. I did recently find a live wasp in one variety.) I have grown my own, but it's not the right season and they brought all the snails to the yard. I've also started buying iceberg lettuce it's great for lettuce cups to accompany so many meals. Try my Lamb Souvlaki or Homemade Taco's in a lettuce cup...Wow. Lovely change.
After that.......Well possibly.....Half a hard boiled egg, cut up into pieces, I slow cook thin strips of pumpkin in sesame oil until cooked and add into the mix, cubes of avocado, bean shoots, cucumber cubed, carrot strips, mint (everytime), red/green capsicum, fresh parsley, red onion, purple and/or green cabbage thinly sliced (and not much), green beans, chopped beetroot pieces, corn, broccoli/cauliflower florets, tomatoes (rarely), mushrooms, radish (sometimes for both). pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, chia and possibly slivered almonds. I may sprinkle with ground ginger and definitely drizzle with fresh lime juice as a dressing. Cracked pepper is also my last must. MMMM yummy. At times I'll add in strawberries, mango, pear and/or apple. Why not! Add what you want. Be creative. The world's vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices are yours to explore.
My take on a salad might sound a lot, but you can make it as big or small as you want. Break the rules. It doesn't have to be fancy, but you sure will get full. Remember this is served on a platter for the whole family and everyone makes their own. Mine just happens to have more than everyone else in my family. I introduced this way of salad grazing over a year ago and my family has adapted to it 100%.
So what about the mains? Well if I have a huge scrumptious salad, I may eat a portion of meat, as a small side. Depending on what we're having, I'll pre-cut the meat and if possible cut into smaller portions and freeze. It not only prolongs meat for another meal but we're eating more raw food. I've discovered since eating this way, you don't need a huge portion of meat if you've got a scrumptious salad taking up a quarter or half of the plate. Don't get me wrong, we have hardy meals too and less salad, but salad is always a main stay.
When shopping I go armed with a list of what we're eating that week. See my 7 day meal planners and shopping lists for ideas. I wasn't always this way, in fact totally opposite. What are we going to eat tonight I'd ask? I made a decision one day, that if I was lactose and significantly reduce my gluten* (I can digest some..but stay away mostly, long story) well.... the family could adapt. There were times I would be cooking multiple meals. I partook in pre-made gluten free food from the supermarket too. I can attest they're over priced and usually not very nice. I now head to the fruit and veg section first and buy my own countries/state produce. If I go to a farmers market, I ask is this yours? It's nice see the beam of a smile and answer, 'yes it's mine.' I always say thank-you and when I go back, complement the vendor, buying again.
Now, I embody Eat Simply Now. Get Creative. If I can so can you. Make a scrumptious salad, cook a meal but start somewhere. Try my take on a salad to get you motivated and then check out the recipe section for more ideas.