Orange Juice in Salad Dressing

January 14th, 2014 | Posted by Alison Spath in Lunch - (8 Comments)

Oranges show up on the list of 44 affordable healthy food under $1 and I have to agree.  When it comes to saving money on produce, the best (and sort of obvious) tip I have is to buy what’s in season.  Oranges are showing up front and center in the produce section right now, coming in by the truck load from California and Florida (as there are no oranges trees in upstate NY, also sort of obvious).

These are a Few of My Favorite Greens

February 16th, 2013 | Posted by Alison Spath in Lunch - (1 Comments)

At this very moment, my house is quiet.

Zak is at drum practice, the girls are off on a mini-adventure with a beloved aunt, the boy is napping.

I can hear crickets.

Yes, crickets in the winter. Hard to believe, eh?

Well believe this – I just finished this kick-ass salad for lunch.

Bleu Cheese and Salmon with Arugula

The ass-kicking was thanks in part to the pile of arugula I added to the greens mix.


Arugula, spinach and red leaf lettuce, tossed in a little olive oil and balsamic.

Spinach Red Leaf Lettuce and Arugula with balsamic and olive oil

Rockin’ Salad Concoctions

January 17th, 2013 | Posted by Alison Spath in - (1 Comments)

How to Make an Awesome Salad

salad Salad with Hemp

Bacon, Avocado and Egg Tossed Salad

The Brendan Brazier Salad (it started here!)

Cashews, Apple, Tofu with Miso Dressing

Simple Caesar Salad

Swiss Chard massaged with Avocado

Lentil Taco Salad

Hummus on Salad

Salad Habits (hummus, beets, hemp seeds, grape tomatoes, egg)

Fat is Your Friend (load your salads up with healthy fats!)

salad_big Have Salad Will Travel

Always Bet on BLAC

January 16th, 2013 | Posted by Alison Spath in Lunch - (6 Comments)

A lunch time quickie today!

When I was a vegetarian, I truly didn’t miss meat.  Truly.

But now that I’ve been eating some meat again, I must admit.  It’s good.

Especially bacon.

When I get good quality bacon from the local markets – or in this case, from Zak’s mom and step dad who raised their own pigs last year – I dig it.

I’ve been cooking 10 – 12 strips at once to make homemade bacon bits for salads.  Fry it up, trim most (but not all) of the fat, move to a few paper towels to soak up the grease, chop and store in the fridge to use on salads over the course of a few days.

I don’t think it will come as a surprise that I eat salad. A lot.

Like a lot, a lot.

So now picture me in the health food section of my local supermarket, skipping merrily (and cluelessly) through the store aisles, humming some crunchy-granola-new-agey-kumbaya song that my homeschooled kids taught me, sometimes buying the supposedly healthy salad dressings, sometimes buying canola oil to make my own salad dressing at home.

THEN picture me reading Deep Nutrition, getting a better understanding at how completely terrible vegetable oils are for us and thinking, phew! Good thing I don’t buy vegetable oil!