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There is noting better than a nice cool salad on a hot evening. As we approach summer and temperatures begin to rise it becomes, for some people, harder to plan and prepare well balanced, healthy meals. Some evenings you feel too hot and sweaty to even think about eating. Imagine sitting down to a nice, cool, crisp, healthy salad. As I said, there's noting better.
You will find a number of delicious, filling , good for you salads that are perfect to prepare for a hot summer eveing. So look through, pick out your favorite and try it. You won't be sorry.
Mediterrranean Tortellini Salad
1/2 (9oz) pkg refrigerated rainbow three-cheese tortellini
1 quart water
1/4 lb asparagus spears, trimmed
1/2 cup bottled roasted red bell peppers, cut into 1" pieces
1 tsp minced jalapeño peppers
1/4 cup feta cheese
6 drained canned quartered artichoke hearts
10 grape tomatoes
10 pitted jumbo balck olives
2 thin slices prosciutto cut into strips
3-4 tbsp light oilive oil vinaigrette
Cook tortellini for 6 minutes.
Add asparagus to boiling water and boil for 1 minute.
Drain and rinse with cool water until cooled.
Combine roasted red bell peppers with jalapeno peppers, feta cheese, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, black olives, prosciutto, and vinaigrette in a large bowl.
Add tortellini and asparagus and toss gently.
Note: This recipe makes 3 servings. Each servings contain 29 carbs. This is a delicious satifying main dish salad.
Steak and Spinach Salad
2 cups pre-wahed baby spinach leaves
4 oz beef sirloin, cut in strips
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 medium sized avocado, cut in slices
low fat ranch dressing
Place spinach in large salad bowl.
Heat olive oil in skillet and saute sirloin to desired doneness.
Add steak slices to spinach.
Add avocado slices and drizzle with dressing.
Note: This recipe makes 1 serving and contains 6.1 grams of carbohydrates. Delicious filling main dish.
Grilled Shrimp Avocado Salad
1 lb peeled and deveined large shrimp
1 tsp chili powder
2 ears of corn
olive oil cooking spray
1 bag of pre-cut salad greens
1 lb grape tomatoes
1/2 of an avocado, diced
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbs[ honey
1/2 tsp salt substitute
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
Sprinkle shrimp with chili powder.
Place corn on grill coated with olive oil cooking spray.
Grill for 12 minutes, occasionally turning.
Add shrimp and grill for 3 minutes on each side.
Cut corn form cobs.
Combine shrimp, corn, lettuce, tomatoes and avocado in a large bowl.
Whisk together lime juice, olive oil, honey, salt substitute, black pepper and cumin.
Drizzle over salad and toss gently
Note: This recipe serves 4. It contain 24 grams of carbohydrates and is deliciously filling.
Items to Use to Dress Up Your salad
- Salsa - toss some chunky salsa into your salad to add extra spice and zip
- Meat - adding chicken, beef, turkey, pork or lamb to your salad add protein and make your salad super filling.
- Whole grains - adding whole grain coucous, barley, or quinoa adds exta protein to your salad.
- Artichokes - they are antioxidant-rich and add fiber to your salad.
- Fruit - addingorange slices, apple slices, grapes, blueberries, pineapple or strawberries adds a special touch to any salad.
- hard boiled eggs
- Crumbled blue cheese or any low-fat cheese
- walnuts or almonds
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