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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Favorite fresh salads

Our family have all committed to lose weight together this winter and to that end, Shannon and I have decided to start posting our favorite "Light" recipes for all to enjoy. Salads seem like a good place to start. Here are two salad ideas to help you add a little green to your day.

Heather's "Everything In" Salad

Baby Spinach
Green Leaf lettuce
Shredded cabbage (I buy bagged coleslaw mix)
Sliced red onion
1 oz. Blue cheese crumbles 100 calories
1/4 c. Walnuts or Pecans 196 calories
1.5 oz. Dried Cranberries 140 calories

I top this with a sweet vinaigrette. My favorites are balsamic vin. or strawberry vinaigrette, but you can use the dressing of your choice and it is still a delicious salad. The blend of sweet and savory is simply delicious!

Total calories: 436 calories

Shannon's Grilled Chicken Salad
Lettuce (whichever kind you would like)
Grilled Chicken Sliced ( I season it with Taco/fajita seasoning)
2 Boiled Eggs Diced
1/2 c. Cashews
1/2 c. Cheddar Cheese
1 c. Black Olives diced

Serve with light Italian Dressing.
Total Calories: 1390
serves 4
Calories per serving: 348