kitchen gadget: salad dresser

Sometimes a little invention comes along that makes you wish you had come up with it.

Enter the salad dresser (that is what I’m naming it, not sure what it’s proper name is) – This kitchen gadget came from Crate & Barrel and was a great gift from a great friend (Thanks Anna!) and it is extra-fun to make dressing out of! It has 5 different dressing recipes and you put the miscellaneous ingredients (garlic, herbs, anchovies, etc.) into the bottle and then fill to the lines with olive oil, vinegar, etc. Stir and pour over greens and enjoy a fabulous home-made dressing that couldn’t be easier.
Here are all of the ingredients:

Mixed together

And on some greens

I used “Jackie’s Vinaigrette” recipe which was a clove of garlic, some mustard powder, cayenne powder, brown sugar, white wine vinegar and olive oil. It was lovely. :)

What kitchen gadget could you not live without? I would probably say one of my favorites is my food processor and/or magic bullet and/or Kuerig coffee maker and/or…well, I obviously can’t decide!!

ask the nutritionist: favorite fast food

CHIPOTLE!

Now usually I bring my own lunch to work, but there are definitely times when I don’t have time the night before or I just don’t have any great lunch food on hand…or I’m just plain lazy :)
I work in the suburbs and so there are not a lot of great restaurant options (think every fast food restaurant you could ever imagine) – not really my style and while I do enjoy Panera from time to time Chipotle has my heart. So fresh, flavorful and delicious AND I think it’s pretty easy to walk away with a healthy lunch on the go.
Here is one of my favorites from Chipotle:
Lettuce, fajita veggies, black beans, pico de gallo, medium salsa, a side of guac and sometimes chicken or steak.
I appreciate their commitment to not using dairy/meat products with antibiotics as well as beginning to implement organic beans (they are currently using organic beans in about 30% of their locations) and think they are heading fast food in the right direction. Oh and it is probably one of the only fast food restaurants that you can actually make a decent-tasting raw meal. (Lettuce, pico and guac)

in my cupboard: sunshine falafel burgers

The sunshine burgers are back in a falafel version and as expected, they are fabulous!
Served with tzatziki sauce and a greek salad it was a fast, fresh, balanced meal! I can’t wait to try the Southwest variety as well – these are definitely a new staple in our house!

My Tzatziki Recipe:
Greek yogurt (I prefer 2%)
Chopped cucumber
Minced garlic
Splash of olive oil & vinegar
Dill, Salt & Pepper

raw california ranch salad

This recipe was inspired by Gena at Choosing Raw – she had a recipe for a California Ranch Wrap – raw style that looked great! Since I usually have to pack everything up to take to work I thought I would just chop everything for the sake of ease :)

Salad Ingredients:
- Napa cabbage
- chopped carrot
- green pepper
- cucumber
- avocado
- Gena’s raw ranch (cashew based)

The ranch dressing from Gena was awesome and I didn’t even use any fresh herbs because I didn’t have any – next time there will be some fresh ones and I imagine that it will add that much more flavor. I see many more of these colorful salads in my future!