Jump start your healthy eating routine without breaking the bank or your waistline! Try these two tasty little salads from celeb chef Susannah Locketti and spend the savings on a sexy new bikini instead!
Momlogic's Susannah Locketti: Salads can get so boring if you don't get creative with ingredients. I always make it a point to keep salad essentials on hand such as dried fruit, nuts, one or two cheeses in addition to a variety of fresh leafy greens, veggies and fruits. Salads are a great first course before dinner to prevent you from splurging. They make a great main meal with grilled meat or seafood and they're an easy way to get in your veggies. To keep costs down, I use a lot of ingredients in moderation so they last throughout the week.
Southwestern Chopped Salad
This is a hearty salad that uses every ingredient in moderation to indulge your appetite without compromising your waistline.
4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1 large diced tomato
1⁄2 cup fresh or canned corn kernels
1⁄2 cup drained rinsed canned black beans
1⁄4 cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
1⁄2 avocado diced
2 hard boiled eggs chopped
4 oz. grilled shrimp or chicken chopped seasoned with Mexican spices
Kosher salt and pepper
Mix and serve with your favorite dressing! I recommend a Southwestern Ranch!
Peppery Arugula Salad with Feta
The garbanzo beans add some heartiness and fiber to this tasty salad. The addition of pine nuts gives a great little crunch as well!
4 cups baby arugula
1⁄4 cup crumbled feta
1⁄4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1⁄2 cup thinly sliced red pepper
1⁄4 cup red grapes halved
1⁄2 cup garbanzo beans
1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts
8 black olives
Arugula is a yummy little green with a peppery flavor. I absolutely love it! Mix and serve this salad with Ken's Lite Italian dressing and a crusty multigrain roll. Pine nuts are also referred to as Pignolia nuts. To toast them, simply add them to a hot dry skillet moving until browned. Remove, cool and store unused nuts in the freezer to keep them fresh.
|Susannah Locketti is an on-air chef and lifestyles personality discovered by the Food Network. Susannah is a mother of 2 boys, who specializes in low cost approaches to food and home. She is currently working on her first cookbook.|