Have you ever felt like you or your children were eating too much bread, pasta, or grains? Or, maybe you served a well-balanced meal, but the focus turns out to be on the bread and not on the vegetables? Have you thought about adding a nutrient dense, filling meal to your regular rotation?
If you could see my hand, it’s raised high in the air.
So, as a result, I’ve turned to meal-sized salads. When our entire meal is a salad, and everyone’s hungry, we fill our tummies with greens, veggies, nuts/seeds, and beans all smothered in flavorful sauces or dressings. One of our favorite meal-sized salads is one that I posted here a little while ago – Tex Mex Salad.
The kids don’t ask for more bread, because there isn’t any. The focus is on colorful foods, packed with so much powerful nutrition…fiber, phytonutrients, omega 3s – all the stuff our bodies crave that deeply nourish our cells.
If you follow the blog FIMBY, written by the eloquent Renee Tougas, you may know that she just released an ebook called Eat This: Meal Salads and Whole Foods Dressings. Renee has been an inspiration to our family in many ways and now you have the opportunity to be inspired to incorporate meal-sized salads into your repertoire. In Eat This, Renee explains why her family eats meal sized salads and talks about the various components she includes in hers. She includes six of her favorite dressing recipes made with whole ingredients, plus three additional recipes for a total of nine recipes.
There is also a contribution by me(!) on how to sprout beans, which I have found to make them much more digestible than just cooking them straight from dried. Sprouted legumes may be used on your salad raw, made into raw hummus, or cooked. You can find my brown rice sprouting method here.
Renee has generously offered two of my readers her new ebook for free in this giveaway ($4.99 value)!
To enter the giveaway, comment below noting your favorite type of greens to use in a salad. You may enter a second time if you “like” kidoing! on Facebook and then come back to comment to tell me that you did that.
I will choose a random winner on Monday, August 27 and Renee will email the ebook to you (in both ereader and PDF formats).
Giveaway has ended! Stay tuned for the winners to be announced!