- Plan a main dish. Most often meat.
- Incorporate a carbohydrate/starch; potatoes, bread, pasta etc.
- And THEN as an afterthought realize, oh, maybe a veggie or fruit should be thrown in. How about a can of corn, green beans, you fill in the blank.
This is just one more reason (of many) that we are thankful for Bountiful Basket. It is helping us focus more on our vegetable and fruit intake and making it a more central part of our meal planning.
Today we would like to show you one VERY SIMPLE, yet DELICIOUS salad recipe that might help you take your (almost) weekly head of lettuce and turn it from drab to fab. We hope this will help you enjoy getting your fruits and veggies instead of having them be an afterthought.
Mandarin Orange Salad
1 head green leaf lettuce
1 can mandarin oranges drained
red onion (optional)
Cut as much lettuce as your family will eat. Add mandarin oranges, red onion and sugared almonds. Serve with dressing.
Our family always uses the original flavor Good Seasons Italian Dressing on this salad. You can make it one of three ways:
Follow directions on packet.
Replace the vinegar with balsamic vinegar. Add one tablespoon real maple syrup.
Replace the water with fresh juice from one orange.
Add a bit of orange zest.
Use oil as directed.
Use only half the Good Seasons packet.
DRESSING TIP: If you add 1/2 teaspoon of mayonnaise to your dressing, it will keep it from separating!
Toss one cup of slivered almonds into a heavy pan. Add 1/2-3/4 cup sugar. Turn the heat to high. In about one minute the sugar will start to melt and you need to begin stirring them with a wooden spoon. Stir constantly. In about 4-5 minutes the sugar will turn golden brown and the almonds will be coated. Take the pan off the heat. Dump the almonds onto a piece of parchment paper to cool. Try not to eat them all before you add them to your salad!