Some people eat salads to be healthier. Some people eat salads as part of a diet. I eat salads because I generally love eating all types of salads. I don’t think I have ever had the same salad twice. I am constantly making up new recipes and throwing extras in or taking things out. It really depends on what is in my cupboard.
My family doesn’t always feel the same way about salads as I do so I make a lot of hot salads for dinner for us. I love hot salads as much as I love cold salads. I think the term salad is used for a whole ray of mixed vegetables bowls now and the stigma of the traditional leafy green salads shadow people’s judgments.
This Chicken Salsa & Avocado Salad is a family favorite. The kids eat most of the chicken salsa on top and the avocado separately and Mr P piles on the chicken but I prefer extra leafy greens to keep my immune system up and eat healthier. I love throwing a scrumptious dinner salad together because as a busy working mother I don’t have time slaving over the stove every night. Sometimes I even make the meat ahead or save leftovers from another dish to throw on top of a bed of vegetables and spinach.
- 400g chicken, diced
- half onion, diced
- 1/2 cup of mixed red, green, yellow peppers, diced,
- 1 package fajita season
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 1 avocado
- 2 cup baby spinach
- 1 tomato
- 2 cup romaine lettuce
- Grill your chicken in a frying pan (one tsp of oil optional) with onions, peppers, fajita seasoning
- Lay your spinach, romaine on a plate
- Slice your tomato and avocado
- Pour grilled chicken, onions, peppers on bed of greens, top with tomatoes and avocado
- Pour preferred amount of salsa on top about 2 Tbsp per person
- Recipe makes four hot salads
Since my family goes through a lot of spinach, romaine lettuces, and hearty, spicy greens, we also used to throw a lot of it away too. Leafy greens can only last so long in the fridge. I was recently told about the Oxo Good Grips GreenSaver containers for the fridge, to store and preserve all your produce for a longer period of time. I have bought other salad containers before that we just that a bowl with a lid. So I was a little skeptical but willing to test a GreenSaver out.
Have you heard of the Oxo Good Grips new GreenSavers. It has a carbon filter on the top that helps keep your produce fresh and last longer, allowing you to throw less food away. Each carbon filter lasts about ninety days and you can buy packs of 4 filters to replace and have on hand. I love that you can sign up for reminders so you never have to worry about forgetting to change your filters. They do have a reminder dial on the back of the lid too. You are saving money on wasted produce each and every week by using the GreenSavers. They come in three sizes for small and large produce which is handy for various produce.
Week One: I bought a large bag of baby spinach and put half in my 5qt. GreenSaver container and left half in the bag in a zip lock bag like I normally do. They came from the same bag, on the same day, and I placed them on the same shelf in the fridge.
Week One & Half: A few days later, I opened both containers to compare the quality of the spinach. You could already see a little dew and moisture showing up in the bag and the GreenSaver was completely dry and the spinach leaves were crisp.
Week Two: We were nearing the time where if there is any baby spinach left in the bag it would be soggy and need thrown away. I opened both containers and I could see right away I was right. The bag spinach needed thrown out. I did think the spinach would have started to go soggy and bad in the GreenSaver by week two but I was impressed I would happily make one of my dinner salads with this spinach.
Week Two & Half: I left some spinach in the bottom on the GreenSaver just to see if it would continue staying fresh. At two and half weeks later, I was impressed how long it lasted and was ready to throw the rest away. (obviously for this experiment, normally we would have used the rest up beforehand).
If you eat salad you will be familiar with this scenario: you want to make a fresh crisp salad and you go to open that bag of leafy greens. It’s pure slimy and gross but you swear you just bought it a few days ago. It’s such a disappointment. Some weeks as a family, we eat more salads than others so it’s nice to know I am getting the best length of time out of my produce as I can. I can’t wait to try the smaller versions for fruits and vegetables and see how much produce I really can start saving.