Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Salad, juice and jar salads ...

Oh, dear! Not so good on the scales today, back over 77kgs after the weekend! Still, onwards I go! Here's my lunch from yesterday, then the rest of the post is from last week (saved as a draft then I forgot to post it!).

(Added - just home from WW and a yoga session there. Weighed in at 77.10kg - loss of .40kg - I'll take it!)

I never thought I could go without bread for lunch but this filled me up and kept me full all afternoon!

 

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Best part of the morning - glass of freshly juiced apple, orange, carrot, celery...
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some strawberries in this batch...

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My favourite, with beetroot...

It's gotta be good for you! I know there is natural sugar in it but no preservatives or imported concentrates...

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The jugful this morning...

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What do you pay for fruit and vegetables?

Celery $2.98/bunch

Tomatoes $4.48 (these are exxy but will last us a week and I just can't stand pale, insipid tomatoes)

Baby salad leaves $3.75

3 beetroot (4.98/kg) $2.95

Leb cucumbers ($9.98/kg) $4.02

Carrots 1kg $1.98

Avocado $3.68

Mango ($4.98 ea) $9.96

5 Apples ($4.98/kg) $3.63

2 x Skinless/boneless salmon in springwater ($2.61 ea) $5.22

Total $42.65

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I've been looking at Jar Salads on the interwebs - a great on the go lunch that you can take to work and enjoy.

First I made a dressing of 1/2 of one mango cheek and 1/2 of a lebanese cucumber - whizz in a blender then marvel at the tangy taste! No fat!

Now layer the jar with salad leaves of your choice, carrot, diced mango...

... avocado, red onion, cherry toms - whatever you like!
This is a 200gm Moccona coffee jar with vacuum seal lid. Doesn't it look pretty?

Next, I added a can of pink salmon (in springwater, drained)...

I also shaved a bit of parmesan cheese on top too...

All ready to go - in this case to Gus for his lunch.

All he has to do is tip it out into the bowl and ... voila! Lunch in a jar! You could also top it with lean turkey or ham, tuna or fresh chopped chicken. Another dressing idea is avocado and cucumber whizzed together.

Put your personal spin on a jar salad and see how good they are!

Cheers - Joolz xx

 

7 comments:

  1. That lunch looks good Joolz but I'd have to skip the beans. They do horrible things to me. The salad in a jar looks fabulous too, such a great idea. We often just use Balsamic vinegar for our salad dressing, I like the richness of the flavour. I don't think I could manage the juicing. I was ill as a child and mum made me drink carrot juice which was horrible. The thought of juiced veges makes my stomach heave but I love cellery, carrot and beetroot raw so that will have to do. Good luck and thanks for sharing. I hope it's inspiring you to keep going.
    Anne xx

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  2. The salad in a jar looks great. Your lunch looks healthy so all the best with getting rid of the extra kilos. It must be extra hard when you are such a good cook :-)

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  3. The salad bottle is a great idea and looks yummy.

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  4. I was interested in what you paid for those items. I always think comparing how long it tales veg to grow should be reflected in the price. Therefore I would say the salad greens were over priced and the avocado ( I am allowed to say that as we grow avos and don't get paid anywhere near even half of that so some of the middlemen are taking a big share!). The winner for me is almost always the carrots - so cheap and very versatile. Although apparently the "most sprayed crop, " celery, goes a long way if broken down washed , cut up and bagged and kept in the fridge..
    I think the key to salad like this is freshness and colour, but most importantly it must taste good!
    Happy eating!

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  5. Love the idea of the salad jar Joolz, it looks great!

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  6. Your salad is beautiful, such great variety. I think your produce prices are actually quite comparable to ours in the US. It was interesting to read them, thanks for sharing.

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