Tossing the Salad

I hate salad. I think I may have mentioned that before in previous posts, but I think it’s worth noting again. I hate salad. I know it’s good for me, I know it’s a great way to get in my six to eight servings of vegetables a day (or however many I’m supposed to be eating), but seriously, salad is just lame. LAME! The boring lettuce, other soggy vegetables…and the only way to make it taste even remotely appetizing is to drench it in a heart attack-inducing dressing sprinkled with half a pound of refined-carb garlic croutons.

So after a while salad and I parted company. It was for everyone’s own good, we just weren’t meant to be. His friends dressing and croutons were bringing me down and my weight up. I never forgot about salad though, and one day made the brave decision to try things again. We could work this out; we just needed to add some spice to our relationship! So that’s exactly what I did.

I found this fantastic recipe for Turkey Lettuce Tacos on the blog skinnytaste.com—fabulous recipes, I highly recommend you check it out; especially if you are on Weight Watchers because all the point values are broken down for each recipe. Anyway, back to the tacos. I made the seasoned ground turkey from the recipe and instead of making tacos, I added it to my salad. Mixed greens, some chopped tomato and peppers, a little shredded cheddar and BAM! I had the makings of a delicious salad. Colour me shocked! The best part? The sauce from the seasoned turkey acts as a delicious dressing. Take that fat-laden salad dressings! Your services are not required here.  The even better part?  One serving of the turkey taco mix (slightly more than half a cup) has 134 calories, 2 g of fat, and 21 g of protein.  Can you say yay?  Oh wait I don’t think that was loud enough…YAY!!!

I know at the begging of this blog I said that I hated salad; that may have been a little harsh. Salad and I have now reconciled—gone are the dreary days of unsatisfying lunches and in their place remains a long-lasting love affair with passion and spice.

Next week I’ll tell you about my steamy affair with quinoa pasta 😉

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