Summer Salad

I love salads. What woman doesn’t? But I wanted something a little different, so I “grilled” {really, I just used a grill pan, because we ran out of gas} a few different summer veggies.

Atop a bed of chopped romaine lettuce, I added grilled cucumbers, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms & grilled yellow bell pepper.

Then I made my own dressing out of balsamic vinegar, a splash of olive oil, a spritz of lemon juice, salt, pepper and paprika. You may think this is strange, but I then mixed 1/2 TBSP of brown spicy mustard in. It gives it a punch of tangy flavor for less than 5 calories! And, how could you not love it when you see how beautiful it is? Almost too pretty to eat! Almost.

Enjoy!

*Statistics are approximate and can be calculated on www.recipes.sparkpeople.com

 1 Serving
Amount Per Serving
  Calories 277.0
  Total Fat 14.8 g
  Saturated Fat 2.0 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 1.6 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 10.0 g
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  Sodium 2,716.1 mg
  Potassium 1,276.5 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 30.8 g
  Dietary Fiber 7.0 g
  Sugars 1.6 g
  Protein 7.7 g
  Vitamin A 83.3 %
  Vitamin B-12 0.5 %
  Vitamin B-6 31.0 %
  Vitamin C 642.7 %
  Vitamin D 13.3 %
  Vitamin E 12.2 %
  Calcium 9.9 %
  Copper 27.8 %
  Folate 61.0 %
  Iron 18.2 %
  Magnesium 15.0 %
  Manganese 58.4 %
  Niacin 27.5 %
  Pantothenic Acid     19.1 %
  Phosphorus     20.7 %
  Riboflavin 30.2 %
  Selenium 10.6 %
  Thiamin 19.7 %
  Zinc 9.5 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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Thai Basil {Noodle Cafe}

Remember when I said I would be talking about this place? Yeah, that’s happening right now.

I’m kind of finicky about Asian food – I frequently find it either too heavy or not filling enough {hard to please?}, but this place has it right, let me tell you. It’s just a little hole-in-wall sort of joint, and not too impressive upon walking in, but if you cut it some slack, it will be worth it {plus, you’ll find the price to be surprisingly agreeable}.

My parents got the same lunch {oh, how cute} of Thai Spring Rolls {a rice wrap stuffed with shrimp, veggies & served with Thai peanut sauce} and Thai Spicy Soup {which included shrimp, onions, tomatoes & mushrooms, and had a delicious spicy broth – I will be trying to recreate it soon}.

Soup

I ordered their Grilled Beef Salad, which is pretty much strips of lean beef atop baby spring mix – it’s MUCH more flavorful than it sounds, and the perfect amount for a light lunch, including tons of protein to keep you going until dinner. Very important for a day of shopping.

Grilled Beef Salad

Next time I go there, I would like to try the Thai Curry Lime Beef. If you’ve ever been, menu recommendations would be welcomed gladly!

Enjoy!