Salad to Stay in Shape!

I started to love salad when me and my partner in crime @rcarter discovered the healthy benefits and different ways to make it at home.

In our first year of dating we used to go out to eat almost every single meal. We spent roughly 1500 pesos ($30 USD) a day, that's 45,000 pesos a month! (Which is a lot here in the Philippines). Until we noticed our weight was increasing more and our pants were getting tighter =D. So we decided to make a change.

We became fans of Food Network, a cooking show in USA. We both learned a lot of good recipes for salad.

Up until this day, we make salad at home at least 5 times a week. We enjoy it because it helps us stay in shape.

Here are some of our salad creations;

Arugula with Red Beans and Nuts
Arugula is bit overpriced in the Cebu, Philippines. I rarely buy it at the grocery store unless I get it from my farmer friends. I met them during my jog up the mountain here in Cebu. I saw a bunch of lettuce on the side of the street, they were going to deliver to the grocery store =). But I got lucky they sold me some, for only 150 pesos for a kilo but I gave them 200 because I got different kinds, from arugula, romaine, red leaf and green leaf lettuce (wa-lah! happy me!) =D

Ingredients:
Arugula
Red kidney beans
Almond
Pistachio
Sunflower seeds
Feta Cheese
Pan-seared boneless chicken

Dressing:
1tbsp Honey
4 tbsp EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
2 tbsp ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)
2 tsp dijon mustard
dash salt & pepper


Simple Salad

Iceberg lettuce is the cheapest lettuce you can buy at the same time very appetizing . I usually buy it for 40.00 pesos good for two people. Depending on how big your appetite is, you have to remember that you have other veggies to add to your salad.


Ingredients:
Iceberg Lettuce
Cucumber
Tomatoes
White Onion
Feta Cheese
Pan-seared boneless chicken (EVOO, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper)

Dressing 1 :
4 tbsp EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
2 tbsp ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp dijon mustard
about 1/8 tsp salt & pepper


Salad with Pan-seared Chicken and Homemade Bacon Tidbits


Ingredients:
Cucumber
Tomatoes
White Onion
Feta Cheese
Carrots
Red peppers
Apple
Almonds
Homemade bacon tidbits
Pan-seared chicken (EVOO, red pepper flakes, oregano, salt and pepper)

Dressing:
2 tablespoons mayonnaise.
2 EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
1/8 tsp Lemon juice
salt & pepper


Asian Beef Salad

Ingredients:
Arugula
Romaine Lettuce
White Onion
Green apple
Carrots
Cucumber
Chickpeas
Red kidney beans (love beans, it adds extra texture to my salad)

Dressing:
2 tbsp Lime juice
1/8 tsp Sesame oil
1 tbsp Honey
4 tbsp EVOO ( because I like to make my dressing healthier)
dash salt & pepper


PS
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You can always adjust the dressing depending on your taste.*_

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