As the mercury hit 80 degrees today in Las Vegas, my thoughts turned to salad being what's for dinner. My two favorite Spring/Summer salads are Chicken Caesar Salad and Salmon Caesar Salad. Caesar Salad is notoriously fattening, and as a flexitarian, I don't eat poultry except on rare occasions, so how to make a favorite salad healthier? Simple!
Take one bag of a Light Caesar salad like the Fresh Express Caesar Salad Kit Lite www.FreshExpress.com or Dole Foods Light Caesar Kit www.dole.com. Both of these have 50% fewer calories and fat (100 calories, 7 grams of fat, 1 gram saturated fat per serving including croutons and dressing).
For Chicken Caesar, add Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Chik'n Strips (140 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, .5 saturated fat, 23 grams of protein per serving).
For Salmon Caesar, add a portion of salmon (I like to get the multi-pack with individual servings that's skinless from Costco to have on hand, and grill it on my mini George Foreman grill with Chef Paul Prudhomme's Seafood Magic seasoning blend (www.chefpaul.com) which can be found in many supermarkets. It takes just minutes to get your dose of high protein and heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids this way.
So now chicken Caesar salad and salmon Caesar salad can be easy and quick healthy lunches or dinners. It even works on Fridays as a meatless meal during Lent! Just one more example of "Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"
--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too! Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com
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