Lots of recipes claim they can be cooked in 20 minutes or less. Some nights are so busy, even that’s too long. “Surviving Dinner” is a series that is not about good wifeing, mothering, or cooking. It’s about surviving. It’s for those nights when you’re tempted to write “fast food” on the menu, but cooking at home will save you a few dollars, a few hundred calories, and loads of mommy-guilt. Recipes found here can be cooked quickly and have minimal prep and clean-up. Some may require a little pre-planning, but many won’t.
Ladies, you’ve got your work cut out for you this week! Convincing your husband that an entree salad is an acceptable dinner option isn’t always easy, but it IS possible! Trust me, mine has been on board for a few years now, and a no-cook dinner night is a lovely reprieve. The trick is to put lots of protein and varied flavors in it so he forgets he’s eating a salad, and to make sure he’s not still hungry when he’s finished!
Salad with Smoked Salmon
- smoked salmon
- salad fixin’s
- bacon bits
- sunflower seeds
- dressing (optional)
1. Boil eggs. The easiest way to get a perfectly boiled egg every time is to put them in a pot of water, bring to boiling, and allow to boil one minute. Turn off the burner and place the lid on the pot, leaving it on the hot burner for 10 minutes. Then drain eggs, add ice cold water, and allow to sit for 3 minutes. Peel immediately.
2. Chop veggies and assemble salad. This is a great way to use up lots of stuff in the fridge. If you do this the day before, you won’t really have any work to do on the night of your meal so you can serve it faster!
3. Add lots of protein and yummy, filling extras to the salad – salmon, cheese, sunflower seeds, avocado, sliced eggs, deli turkey meat, etc. Don’t add this stuff in advance or it will become soggy. Get creative!
4. Add dressing if desired. Usually I have so many flavors in the salad that I forego the dressing. I would prefer to use my calories for more filling things. More cheese & bacon crumbles? Yes, please!
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