italian chopped salad


I’m always looking for new salads that are portable and can be made ahead of time. They also need to be filling, healthy and delicious. I’ve told you how high-maintenance I am when it comes to lunches. And even though I can eat the same breakfast, day after day, lunches need to be new, exciting and always different. Oh, and then healthy too. :) I swear I’m fun to go out to eat with!

This is the kind of salad that fits all of my requirements – we’ve got veggies (about 4 servings); fiber from the beans, flavor and protein from the meat and cheese and some good fat from the salad dressing. It is a change from the usual, sometimes boring, and just what I need from time to time to mix things up.

Italian Chopped Salad – 2 servings

  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 4 basil leaves, cut into thin strips
  • 1 thin slice red onion, cut in half
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 english cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup garbanzo beans
  • 2-3 Tbsp balsamic vinaigrette (I used garlic gold)
  • 2 oz provolone cheese, chopped
  • 2 oz genoa salami, chopped

Layer half of the lettuce, basil, onion, pepper and cucumber slices on plate or in a bowl.

Sprinkle garbanzo beans and dressing over veggies and top with cheese and salami.

review: amande yogurt

Almond milk yogurt. Heard of it? Amande just recently launched their almond milk yogurt.

I was pleasantly surprised to see this (and sample) at a recent food show, but also felt a tad frustrated with myself.  How could I have missed this? I scour the aisles at Whole Foods and the Coop! I feel that finding and reviewing products such as these is my civic duty! So you know what I did the minute I left the food show? I walked up and down the aisles of Whole Foods. Just to be sure I wasn’t missing anything else. :) Can you tell that I’m meant to be in the natural food business?

I sampled the coconut yogurt which I was very surprised with – when I’ve tried soy and coconut yogurts in the past, they have struck me as being a bit runny and not very thick, but this yogurt had almost the consistency of greek yogurt. The coconut flavor was profound and felt like a sweet treat!


  • thick yogurt texture
  • sweetened with fruit juice
  • dairy free/soy free/gluten free
  • made with live cultures
  • great alternative for those on a diary free diet


  • there was more protein (only 3 grams)
  • it wasn’t so sweet! (I must be accustomed to plain, tart yogurt!)

I’m really glad there is another alternative for those who can’t digest dairy. Try it out!

daily eats: 7.2.11 {food show edition}

Rarely do I talk about work on the blog, but I thought it would be fun to share a “day at a food show” with you all.

I’ve been doing food shows for about 4 years and I’ve certainly learned a lot along the way. I should probably say my stomach has learned a lot along the way.

Saturday 7.2.11 – Gluten Intolerance Group Show – Orlando, Fl

7:15 Realize I’ve overslept. Roll out of bed and down to the fitness center for a quick 25 minute treadmill workout.

Lesson #1: Always, always bring work out clothes, shoes, etc. Even if you end up not using them or not having time, if you DO have the chance, you’ll be really glad you have them.

Breakfast: Coffee + water + 2 hard boiled eggs + apple + raw macadamia butter

Lesson #2: Always start the day off with a decent breakfast. Or you’ll be snacking the ENTIRE day. (Trust me, it took me a long time to finally learn this)

Make an endless amount of Gluten-Free Quesadillas – always a favorite at these events. Simultaneously, resist the urge to eat half of the brownies you cut up. :)

Snack on a few kale chips before lunch.

Lesson #3: Bring your own snacks/typical snacks – there are never veggies at food shows, and always an abundance of sweets.

Lunch: Caesar Salad +salmon + roasted vegetables. This was a really good conference lunch – it was delicious!

Lesson #4: Eat a real lunch. Eating all samples will leave you with a belly ache and completely unsatisfied.

Snack on some GF Quesadilla pieces, because they are good and taste a GF cupcake. Resist all other show snacks. (Gets a lot easier after you’ve done a ton of them.)

The pool looked to inviting to skip so after the show ended, I grabbed my book, a beer and a seat in the sun. I drank 1/2 my beer, read about marketing remarkable products and literally turned into a pile of sweat. I decided not to pack a swim suit on this trip, because I’ve never had time to use them in the past.

Lesson #5: Always pack a swim suit – even if you don’t think you’ll have a chance to use it.

Then it was time for a rest and some computer work, along with Diners, Drive ins and Dives and some kale chips. (A rather awful combo to be completely honest as Guy was touring the country on the search for BBQ and I was hungry ;) ) I was really wishing I had some hummus on hand for a little snack, but no such luck so I stuck with part of a go picnic meal.

Dinner was interesting. We headed to the Boardwalk at Epcot and stopped into the ESPN Club for a drink. When it came time to head somewhere for dinner and we asked the bartender for a dinner recommendation, he laughed, reminded us that it was a holiday weekend and we DIDN’T have a reservation, told us we were eating there and handed us a menu. We laughed, realizing it was a little crazy that we would just be able to walk in somewhere :)

Dinner: I had trouble deciding between the two most opposite items on the menu – the Muffaletta Burger and the Veggie-Hummus Sandwich. I ended up making a great decision on the burger and ate about half of the burger and fries, leaving pleasantly full.

Lesson # 6: Order what you are craving! When I’m in the mood for a burger and fries I get one – I eat plenty of salads and veggie sandwiches to balance it all out!

I hope you enjoyed this twist on the daily eats posts!