Egg Rainbow Salad

egg-rainbow-saladOn to my 3rd week of Monday Salad Dinner! This time, I called it “Rainbow Salad” because it’s just like that – a colorful rainbow of ingredients.

If you have checked out my crunchier salad last week, and if you have tried it on your own, surely your canines had their share of chewing exercise (just like mine). This week, I decided on something more jaw-friendly set of bite-sized fiber chunks.

I’ve been thinking of throwing in some grapes into my next salad bowl since last week. But before I was able to pick a bunch of them from the fruits section of SaveMore, an assortment of colorful sliced fruits caught my eye, and I ended up picking a package of it instead. Who could ever blame me? It ended up to be a whole lot cheaper and more practical than picking whole fruits (which obviously won’t fit into my salad bowl altogether. And the best part is, the package had grapes, too.

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I thought that it would be such a shame if all those colorful fruit slices will just be gobbled up by me and just end there. It was fun just by simply looking at the varied colors, so I decided to spend a little more time in preparing so that the presentation would be more nice. Here’s what I did. If you want to do this one, too, be my guest. ^_^

arranged-lettuce-leaves1.) Cut off the lower part of each lettuce leaf (about 1/3rd of the whole leaf size). Arrange the upper parts of the leaves so that it would cover the inside of your salad bowl. The lower parts that you’ve removed can be further cut into bite-sized pieces and place them at the bottom of the bowl.

2.) mixing-mayo-and-fruitsDivide the mixture of bite-sized fruits into two. Throw in the first half into the bowl, squeeze in half of the mayo, and mix. Just be careful not to destroy your “lettuce bowl” formation.

3.) Add the remaining half of the fruit bits. Arrange the tomato slices on the sides of the bowl. Squeeze in the remaining mayonnaise, spreading it evenly on top of the fruits. Do not mix anymore.

4.) Cut each egg into six pieces, lengthwise, and arrange them at the center of the bowl.

5.) Chill for at least 30 minutes, and serve with VitaMilk Black Cereal Soymilk.

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Hope you liked this version. Got other ideas? Feel free to share it below. Stay healthy. ^_^

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Chicken Salad Mania – The Better Version

Chicken Salad by Flame
Chicken Salad by Flame

Last week, I had my first attempt at creating a home-made, cheaper than ever salad. If you have tried making your own using that as your guide, then you may have felt something was missing after you’ve gobbled up your bowl of greens. In fact, there was, indeed, some bits missing in that recipe. So this time, I present to you my second – and better version of Monday chicken salad dinner.

Living healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. All it requires is creativity, resourcefulness, and loads of fun.

My salad experience gets better and better with every bowl! Well, okay, let’s not get carried away. After all, I’m still on the first month of my “one-salad-dinner-a-week diet”. It was self resolution I started 2 weeks ago, along with my daily yoga and semi-vegetarian diet.

SaveMore Salad Package
SaveMore Salad Package

For this week, I decided to try out something way better than the ones before. So earlier today I was there, pushing my blue cart and strolling inside SaveMore Supermarket.

I picked items from shelves as I went down my well-prepared grocery list. Intentionally, I picked my salad ingredients last to preserve their freshness. And when it was time to gather my greens, I went to the vegetable section. The process turned out to be a lot easier and faster than I expected. That’s because I have noticed a package right next to the ball of lettuce I was about to pick. When I checked it out, it was a salad package complete with a Caesar Dressing, to my great delight! And it’s got more varied slices of fresh veggies than I was planning to buy.

What Went into my Chicken Salad

Cucumber with Skin
Cucumber with Skin
Onions, Carrots, Corn, and Turnips
Onions, Carrots, Corn, and Turnips
Seedless Green Tomatoes
Seedless Green Tomatoes
Caesar Dressing
Caesar Dressing
Chicken Salad Ingredients
Chicken Salad Ingredients
Vitamilk Soya Drink and Chicken Salad
Vitamilk Soya Drink and Chicken Salad

I got all of these for only Php75.00. Okay, okay, that costs Php7.50 more than last week’s salad, but what a small amount compared to the added colors (and nutrients) I got, right!

Same as before, all I had to do was to mix everything. Since almost everything were already sliced into bite-sized chunks, the preparation went a lot faster.

How long did we prepare the other salad last week? 20 minutes? Well, this one took only 10 minutes, and presto! Here I am, blogging as I munch on salad pieces in between sentences!

That bottle of drink on the side?

I’ve read a lot of shocking facts about diet drinks and the not-so-good effects of their artificial sweeteners, so I switched to Vitamilk Black Cereal Soymilk this time to go with my salad meal.

More from the Background

Earlier, I had my once a week “eat-anything-I-want lunch” at Orange Brutus. Unaware that I’ve successfully reduced my preferred meal size in just a matter of one week, I was stunned at how large the chicken pieces they serve! I ended up asking the crew to pack for take out one of the 2-piece chicken I ordered. That’s the chicken that ended up mixed into my salad.

By the way, if you plan to do the same thing, make sure not to include the breaded chicken skin. Only the white meat strips should go into that bowl or else, your salad will taste like fast food! It won’t be as healthy as you would intend it to be. Better yet, just use plain boiled chicken, sliced into bite-sized cubes.

 

Flame and her Chicken Salad
Flame and her Chicken Salad

There you have it! Try this, and you’ll definitely find it more delectable than the first one. Next week, maybe we’ll to find more variations in preparing our salad mania. I can hardly wait!

Salad Mania

image credits: http://food.lizsteinberg.com/2009/01/27/pretty-purple-salads/
image credits:
http://food.lizsteinberg.com

I used to think that salad is only for rich girls, and so is the pretty skin and other health benefits that comes with it. But not anymore.

I’m now on the second week of my “operation-dissolve-those-tummy-potatoes-diet-and-lifestyle”, and as part of it, I have imposed a self rule to have a dinner of fruits and greens every Monday night. So there I was, squeezing in lettuce and green tomatoes into my carefully budgeted weekly grocery basket at SM. I was determined to prove that yes, even a college student like me can enjoy a bowl of home-made healthy salad at least once a week.

You see, if you want to try this, too, the ingredients can be as colorful as your budget would allow, or you can follow the cheapest version I have come up here:

Lettuce at Php16.00
Lettuce at Php16.00
Cucumber at Php11.50
Cucumber at Php11.50
Papaya at Php10.00
Papaya at Php10.00
Green Salad Tomato at Php12.50
Green Salad Tomato at Php12.50
Best Foods Mayo at Php18.50
Best Foods Mayo at Php18.50

All these ingredients I got for only Php68.50. That’s actually cheaper than a one-serve meal at some fast food chain!

The preparation was no sweat at all. All I had to do was wash and slice the fruits and lettuce, put them in a plate big enough to hold them all (I was supposed to use a salad bowl, but could not find one), add the mayonnaise, and mix until the dressing was evenly spread. In less than 20 minutes, I was already enjoying a plate of fresh salad along with a bottle of four seasons Fit ‘n Right.

The final product (plate already half-empty!)
The final product (plate already half-empty!)

I saved myself from being tempted to eat fried chicken or some red meat for dinner, and I felt like a Korean millionaire’s daughter picking my salad slices with my good old wooden chopsticks.

Let's eat!
Let’s eat!

Next Monday, maybe I’ll try to add some strips of my favorite carrots and some apple slices. ^_^

Living healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. It should only be fun through creativity and resourcefulness.