Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sometimes A Salad Tastes Even Better If You Don’t Have to Make It

On the weekend, we were at the mall in the late afternoon. On the way out, we passed by Fresh Choice, a salad buffet. It’s one of the places we go to once in a while with the toddler. There is lots of room, it’s noisy, and if the toddler makes a mess, it’s not a big deal… Plus, the toddler really likes to eat beans there. It’s not that we don’t eat beans at home, but I guess to the toddler they taste better at Fresh Choice….


Anyway, when we passed by there, the toddler insisted on eating there. Since it was almost dinner time, and I really didn’t feel like cooking anyway, we agreed. And I remembered that I really enjoy eating a nice, “interesting” salad when I don’t have to make it…


Here is my plate. Because of all the different textures and flavors, I never need to use dressing at Fresh Choice. I don’t remember everything I put on my plate, but there was spinach, cucumber slices, mushrooms, beets, red cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, jicama, radishes, gabanzo beans, edamame, kidney beans, cottage cheese, & blue cheese.



And here is hubby’s plate.



And the toddler’s bowl of beans & peas…



The toddler also loves to eat the tofu there. So he always gets a bowl of tofu as well.




In addition, the toddler also finished a bowl of macaroni & cheese. Since children 2 and under eat for free, the toddler certainly got his money’s worth! :)



I think the reason hubby loves to go to Fresh Choice is the dessert. He always gets a little bit of ice cream with tons of chocolate syrup, strawberry sauce, & caramel sauce. Since we don’t go very often, I guess it’s okay…



And here is the toddler’s and my dessert. Yes, I know, the toddler and I are soooo good! Just kidding; there are no "good" or "bad" foods... :)



Questions: What do you add to your salad to make it “interesting?” Do you put things on your salad at a buffet that you never add at home? I always add cottage cheese at a buffet, but I never add it at home for some reason…


Be well,

Andrea

33 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, I can't BELIEVE your son is eating plain tofu!!! When I was his age I hated tofu, more than anything. And he is even eating it without any sauce or anything, that's crazy. Good for him!
    I wish we had a good salad place like Fresh Choice. We don't really, unless you could Whole Foods (their salads cost an arm and a leg though). I like to add beats, artichoke hearts, eggs, and nuts and seeds!

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  2. I'm a fan of pom seeds on my salads as well as dried blueberries and cranberries....and feta cheese is a must

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  3. What a great place!! I love salad bar buffets!

    I definitely load up on much more on my salad plate at a salad bar- things that I wouldn't necessarily take the time to prepared 20 different toppings at home- edamame, dried cranberries, different seeds, cheeses, every veggie possible...yum!

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  4. Your son eats plain tofu! You are a great educator and mom!

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  5. LOVE your salad! I haven't been to a salad bar in ages..and I doubt there is anything I could put on one at a restaurant that I don't already chuck on mine at home.... maybe bacon bits from a long time ago.

    ha!

    good eats toddler!!!
    love it when our tots eat good food! Makes a mama feel great

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  6. Now THAT is a salad! Mmmmm salad bars are the best--mmm and I love the edemame on top!

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  7. Your salad looks very good and yummy.

    I put all kids of stuff on my salad at home. I like to keep it intresting.. Sometimes I blend beans with olives in the blender and put it on top of my salad almost like chicken or egg salad. If I am eating a salad out i try to keep it to simple fresh things. But from time to time I add a small spoon of potato or pasta salad since I never make it at home.

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  8. I always try to mix things up whenever I have a salad. At home it just the usually greens with tomato or avocado. When I'm out and there's a salad bar. I'll add some fresh mushroom, corn, pieces of fruit if available. Really jazz it up when I can.

    I love that your toddler like to east veggies and salads.

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  9. I think your husband's salad looked like a work of art...beautiful subtle colors. But I would eat the one you made in a minute! I think I just use a greater number of veggies at a salad bar because they are there and so easy to grab.

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  10. i have to make a salad tonight and am feeling totally uninspired!!!

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  11. Looks like so much fun. I love that those places are kid friendly. We had a Sweet Tomatoes in Las Vegas and it is the same idea. I add more veggies in general when out since they are available with me having to purchase them at the store and worry about them going bad.

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  12. hey andrea! catching up~loved the candy cane lane post (the tods was adorable all bundled!) and the date night looked yummy and FUN! your salad in this post has all the right components. love it! i love buffet salad bars b/c they have things there that i usually don't have~baby corns, beets, etc.

    xoxo!

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  13. Wow that salad looks fantastic!

    I like adding slices of apples to my salads, and also chickpeas. Homemade croutons or homemade salad dressing is also tasty. Sometimes I use hummus as a dressing and that works super well, or I'll make beanballs and crumble a few of those on top of the salad. There's so many options!

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  14. What a lovely place! I LOVE salads especially with garbanzos and beets, what a combo huh, lol!

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  15. Salads do taste better when you don't have to make them!!! I love eggs, avocado, seeds, & cucumbers on my salads.

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  16. I love salad bars- I can get a strange mix of everything that I wouldn't normally have in the kitchen!

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  17. Those salads look wonderful! I love salad bars, too!

    When I'm out, I love cold peas and egg whites on my salads. Mmm!

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  18. Yum, those salads look so yummy! I usually put beets on my salad when I go to a salad bar, but that's not something I ever have at home. I like to put totally random things on my salads to make them more interesting...it's a great way to clean out the ol' fridge!!

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  19. I love ordering salad when I'm out because they are always better than when I make them!

    My favorite addition to salads is chickpeas. They seem to go with sweet or savory salad ingredients. Love em!

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  20. What a great restaurant to have in your town! I can't imagine how great that would be to have that here.

    I like to add lots of different things, but currently my favorite is a few nuts. Yum.

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  21. I am so impressed with the way your toddler eats! I pretty much always add feta to my salad, but I also like craisins, almonds, and avocado.

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  22. I'm definitely impressed with your son eating tofu but also with how much he eats! My 5 and a half year old can't even finish a bowl of mac & cheese. She's too skinny :) Oh, for my daughter, a salad is not a salad without almonds, she loves those!

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  23. Your little kid eats peas and chickpeas and kidney beans and tofu?! He's every parent's dream child! And super cute, to boot!

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  24. You really train your son well...am very impressed. Really healthy salad. I would love to eat that often.

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  25. salad definitely tastes and looks better when it's served in restaurant. I love trying new toppings and if I like it I recreate it at home! Last night I had smoked salmon in the salad and loved it! :)

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  26. I love good salad bars, too. I just feel like I never have that many fun toppings at home! :)

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  27. You guys are such a healthy family, it is an inspiration!

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  28. This place sounds great! Your salad looks delicious! I cannot get over your little toddler eating Tofu and all that other stuff most kids would never eat! Way to go Momma!

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  29. I love salads. I like to add candied nuts and feta cheese when they're available. At salad bars, I'll usually add some kind of bean, but I don't always choose to open up a whole can at home.

    P.S. Cute kid!

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  30. love that your son is eating plain tofu!! I plan to introduce all sorts of foods to my kids at a young age (when I have kids of course!)

    I love salad bars! Some things I love are roasted garlic (at whole foods!) peas, beets, egg whites, dried cranberries, hearts of palm, artichoke hearts, edammame, chickpeas, walnuts amd MUCH more (not all on 1 salad of course!

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  31. When I have it at home, goat cheese is one of my very favourite things to add to a salad. It is so creamy and sharp, I love everything about it. One thing I rarely think to add to salads when I am at home but will always go for it I see it on a salad bar is beets! Love beets!

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  32. A toddler who loves tofu! Now that is something to not only brag about, but revel in. ;)

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  33. That toddler sure loves his food! Even if it's healthy :) Awww and his little fingers are so cute when he's eating the mac and cheese!

    I like to put cottage cheese in my salads as well at a buffet, but it's never that great when I do it at home (maybe they use full fat cheese?and I eat lowfat). Peas and beets are especially yummy in salads, a bite of sweetness!

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