Summer is near and cooking is the last thing on our minds, right?  In fact, losing weight this summer might be one of your goals, but how? Keep it simple! Fresh ingredients, mainly plant based! Keep your fridge and pantry stocked for you to be able to prepare a salad for a quick lunch or family-friendly meal within minutes.

Salad Fridge Staples:

  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Peppers- all colors
  • Lettuce Greens - (Romaine, Spinach, Radicchio, arugula, - all textures, flavors, even cabbage)
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Mushrooms
  • Snap Peas/Snow Peas
  • Fresh herbs - basil, thyme, chives.
  • Fruits - blueberries, strawberries, oranges.
  • Cheese - crumbled blue cheese, feta, parmesan.

Salad Pantry Staples:

  • Marinated artichoke hearts
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Black/Green Olives
  • Sliced Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans
  • Parmesan Crisps/Shredded Parmesan
  • Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Red Wine/Balsamic Vinegar

RECIPE IDEA: Simple Mediterranean Salad (pictured above)

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 cup cucumber diced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 small jar of marinated artichoke hearts, drained
  • 4 tbsp zesty Italian dressing

Mix everything together and serve. Top with fresh grated parmesan and ground black pepper to taste.

Note: Easily add in beans of any kind for added protein and fiber. 

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