Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Grill Your Salad!

Howdy friends.  How is your day going so far? 

Mine started with a 40 minute power walk with the jog stroller.  After the horrific run (90 degrees, bad blister, couldn’t get my rythym) I had yesterday, I couldn’t stomach the thought of doing hard cardio today.   I came home and did a little Tony Horton.

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Chest and Back

Looking back on the worksheets that go along with the program, it looks like I haven’t done the Chest and Back workout since June 8th.  Can that be?  I really can’t get over how fast time flies.  Of course, that being said, I wasn’t as strong as I was – or at least I couldn’t do as many pushups and pull-ups as I did then.  Le sigh… such is life.  Maybe it was also because I had to jump up and grab Ava before she pulled everything out of the book shelves and pantry? 

The other day I picked up a head of romaine lettuce.  I rarely buy romaine or iceberg lettuces, because I much prefer spinach and mixed greens for salad, but it was on sale and so I rolled with that.  As I started to tear off a couple leaves for a sandwich, I remembered the Grilled Romaine salad  that my friend did at her appetizer party a couple of months ago and decided to save the lettuce for use in that instead.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a bit intimidated to grill lettuce.  I fear over grilling, or just a big sloppy mess all over my grill grates. So I called on her “directions” and it came out spectacular!  Here’s what she said to do.

Before:  Cut in half and rub with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. 

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Grill about 2 minutes per side on hot grill, or until you achieve those “grill marks.” 

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Top with whatever dressing you like and fresh grated parmesan.  Sarah uses Girards Light Champagne vinaigrette, but I forgot to get it, so I rolled with good balsamic and oil.  Still delicious!  I will make this again fo sho, and remember the Champagne Vinaigrette next time! 

We had this along side some fresh salmon and new potatoes

For wine we tried a new (to us) white…

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This was a wine that they were tasting at Trader Joe’s over the weekend.  It had a medium body, and somewhat fruity flavor.  I can’t believe how cheap inexpensive it was, considering it’s made from organic grapes.  (I really liked the cute label.)  A really good apertif or picnic wine, as the low alcohol content, (12%) made it quite smooth and easy to drink. 

Is there any food or preparation that intimidates you?

6 comments:

  1. I love the idea of grilled salad... but I'm so intimidated!

    I love label on the wine bottle :) I often buy wine just cause the label is super cute :)

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  2. yum, I don't know what looks better, the salad or the wine. hehe.

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  3. Food prep that intimidates me: deep frying. But I dont mind since fried foods aren't something I would make all the time anyways. Love the creativity of the grilled salad!! Adds SO much flavor. An of course, lovely food/wine notes :)

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  4. Was the lettuce cold in the middle and grilled on the outside? I like the idea of grilling romaine though!

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  5. Brittany,
    The lettuce was not cold in the middle. I'd say it was luke warm? There was a little leftover which I ate cold the next day and it was just as good! Try it - so easy.

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  6. I love the idea of a grilled salad. Yum. Now that I have a grill I will have to try that out. I would say grilling is also what intimidates me most because I've never had one so I am less familiar.

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