Posts Tagged ‘recipes’

Chopped Salad, Three Ways

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Last year I vowed to change the way I eat. 20 pounds had crept up on me and I knew a lot of that came from lazy eating habits. Instead of picking a specific diet I simply decided to eat clean instead. I do not obsessively count calories, I hate feeling hungry so I never ever skip meals, but I do watch pretty carefully what I eat each day and for me the main rule is the food has to be as close to natural as possible. I won’t give up chocolate and red wine but both clean eating and consistent exercise has given me more energy and I’ve stuck with it for a year, dropped the weight, and I’m feeling better than ever.

With my clean eating manifesto comes a lot of salads. A LOT. And like with exercise you can totally plateau and become extremely bored. Lettuce, let’s face it, you’re drab.

good grips salad chopperWhen it comes to salads it’s all about the toppings but I was even growing bored with my go-to favorites, so last week I switched things up with a kitchen gadget that’s helping me love salads again.

I’ve been to a few restaurants and even Subway that offer a chopped salad and I wanted to be able to do it myself at home so I ordered this bowl and chopper combo. I’m hooked!


I love a basic cobb. Butter lettuce, BACON, blue cheese, hard boiled egg, tomatoes, avocado AMEN, and cooked turkey or chicken.

chopped cobb salad ingredients

This tool is cool, you layer the bigger tougher ingredients on top of the lettuce and chop away.

chopping tool




Next, add the more delicate or softer ingredients.

more delicate

Drizzle your dressing (blue cheese or ranch) and toss.

drizzle dresing 3

A classic chopped cobb salad, hello lunch.

classic cobb

So instead of stabbing the salad with your fork it’s more like scooping and that small difference makes the salad taste better in my opinion. More little morsels in each bite. (That plate is vintage Tar-jay, seen here in 2011).

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White Chocolate Mint Fudge

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

I love to make sweet little bites for our Christmas party every year, those tiny little morsels that guests can grab and I don’t have to worry about slicing up portions and serving them formally.  One guaranteed way to satisfy guests’ sweet tooth is with a little fudge, and this is my white chocolate mint version.  It’s less sweet than most fudge recipes and tastes more like cheesecake.

The addition of mint extract gives it a wintery flavor but you can edit it out if you prefer pure chocolate.  It’s incredibly easy to make and it’s one of my favorite treats to serve guests during the holidays!

white chocolate mint fudge recipe

To make this white chocolate mint fudge, here’s what you’ll need:

3 bags 11 oz. white chocolate chips

1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

6 oz. lowfat cream cheese

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 tsp peppermint extract

nonstick spray

green icing (optional)

8 x 8” glass dish or metal pan


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