Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What's in the BIG salad?

"Big lettuce, big carrots, tomatoes like volleyballs..."

One of the chunky hunk's and my favorite meals, whether we're dieting or not is the BIG SALAD. It's a great way to get in 2 or more servings of veggies, a serving of lean protein, and even a serving of dairy.

Since there's a blizzard bit of snow on the ground, I won't be taking the monsters to the gym today, instead I'll be trying out some fun home workouts. Stay tuned for the workout later in the week.

There are so many different varieties and ways to make a big salad, it's so much fun to get creative with your meal. So, with no further adieu-here's your big salad.

BIG Chicken Salad
Makes 2 servings
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
3 cups fresh spinach
1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
1 cup chopped red leaf lettuce
1 cup shredded carrots
3/4 snap peas
1/2 cup brocoli
1/2 cup cauliflower
1 cup shredded cabbage

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup fat free croutons

Place chicken breasts in a medium stockpot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and let boil for 2 minutes, turn heat down to simmer and cook 15 minutes or until done. Drain and let cool. Dice chicken and marinate in balsamic vinegar at least 2 hours.

Place lettuce and all the ingredients but the garnish in a large bowl and mix well. Serve on two plates, top with garnish, marinated chicken, and dressing of your choice.

Without dressing: 406 calories/serving

And just because I can't resist showing off my monsters, this is Big Monster, holding my new favorite salad dressing. 90 calories per serving, so even if I use this, the entire salad is still under 500 calories. Yahoo!

Enjoy your snow day!

1 comment:

  1. love the big monster, haha! : )
    And the big salad ! : )