Saturday, September 24, 2016

DIY Blue Cheese Dressing

*Another repost but I was making a batch for a our steak and wedge salad dinner on Saturday so I figured, what the heck, let's share this awesome recipe, yet again! Enjoy!

We love blue cheese dressing in this house ... nothing better than a bacon blue cheese burger ... oh yum! But of course, if you take a peek at that label on the back of that Kraft Salad Dressing label, you will find quite a few things that you have no clue what they are! As I'm getting older, I'm a little more concerned about what I'm putting into my body ...

It's funny how people react to blue cheese! Some people love it, the bluer the better ... others, like me, prefer not to see so many blue veins running through ... and then you have "those" people who will up and leave the table if you even mention blue cheese ;-) If you are one of the latter, just hit next page to skip right over this recipe, I understand!

The first time I went to make this recipe, I had to make a quick batch of my mayo since I didn't have any left in the house ... that set me back a few hours as the mayo ingredients had to come to room temperature before I could make it ... but making a batch of mayo is pretty damn cool if you've never done that before! Nothing taste better than homemade mayo with a mere 5 ingredients!

Ok, back to the star of today's blog ... Blue Cheese Dressing ... here's how I make it and it's a keeper!

1 cup of mayo
1/2 cup of sour cream
2 tbs of dried, minced onions
1/2 tbs garlic powder
1 tbs of lemon juice
1/4 cup dried parsley
1 tbs of white vinegar
1/2 cup blue cheese, crumbled (rough chop is fine, just don't make it too chunky)
salt and pepper as needed (I never needed the salt as the cheese is salty enough)
Milk to thin out as needed

Ready? Ready!


Dump everything in a medium size bowl EXCEPT the milk. Whisk all together.



Add a touch of milk to thin a little if desired. Cover and put in fridge for about an hour.

After an hour, take out and give a quick whisk again. You will most likely need to add milk to thin it out a little. Mine was way thick each time and I used up to a 1/2 cup of milk to thin it out.



Serve  over your favorite salad (wedge salad!), burger, chicken (buffalo chicken!), whatever ... I LOVE BLUE CHEESE DRESSING!!

*Confession ... I've made this with reconstituted powdered milk successfully!

Enjoy!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!


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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Chicken and Broccoli - Whole30/Paleo

Uhm, are you seeing a little bit of a trend around here lately?


Paleo?

Whole30?

What the ???

Nah, it's not that I've converted Hubby, thereby making MY life any easier, trust me, it's not like THAT at all ...

BUT

I have convinced him that I really need to be more focused on what I eat and that if he participates, even just a bit, it's a lot easier for me to stay focused ...


Yeah. It's kind of working ... until the weekend rolls around and then the beer tops pop, the tequila and wine flows like a river and all those other cheesy little cliches ... (the mountains are blue in this house, just for the record) ... but if I can stay focused Sunday Funday through Thursday then I'm about 75% there, right? It's work in progress, that's all I'm saying ... work in progress ...

Right.

And, that, my friends, is how we got this dish happening ...

2 pounds of chicken thighs, cut in to bite size pieces (ALDI)
1 large head of broccoli, cut in to bite size pieces (ALDI, I used 4 small heads)
3 tbs sesame oil (forever in the pantry)
2 tbs ginger ... I'm not a fan but I used this stuff (Publix b1g1f)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2/3 c coconut aminos (soy sauce alternative to avoid soy, grains, etc.) (Whole Foods!)
1 tbs arrowroot powder (or corn starch) to thicken (Amazon)
Riced cauliflower (Trader Joes!) or zucchini noodles, if desired

See, not a whole lot of stuff ;-)  AND ... it only took 30 minutes of cooking time so get chopping in the morning before you head out to work!

Let's hop to it!

Heat up a large skillet over medium heat and add the oil, ginger, coconut aminos, salt, garlic powder and them pepper flakes.  Add the chicken in and give a quick shake to coat a bit. Cook til chicken is about half cooked through.*

Add the broccoli, shake the pan a bit, turn up the heat and put a lid on the pan. I used a lid that sat just inside the pan as I didn't want it 100% covered.  Lift lid and give a stir every few minutes to get the broccoli coated a bit.

Once the broccoli has started to get soft, if desired, add a sprinkle of arrowroot powder over the mixture and stir with a large spoon. This will help it thicken a little.

Serve over zucchini noodles OR riced cauliflower.  I opted for to serve Hubby his with Trader Joe's Veggie Rice ... it's like a perfect thing for the men in the house for some reason, lima beans and all ...


MEN. 

Me? I ate mine just as is in a bowl. I may have had more than one serving as well ... and went ahead and packaged up my lunch for tomorrow as well. It's a good thing, Hubby loved it and said it was a keeper. Huh. Does he know it's Whole30/Paleo Approved? Well ... he knew that I used the coconut aminos instead of soy sauce ... so that should have led him to believe ... but then again, he's been using the coconut aminos instead of soy sauce ever since I told him soy sauce isn't good for women ;-) I guess that means he loves me? I love him too! Any how ....


This was pretty damn good and it will so be happening again!

Enjoy!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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*So for the record: I followed the original recipe from the start and was sorry as soon as I added the chicken in. The chicken NEEDS to cook first other wise you will have raw chicken on top of quickly dying broccoli. I ended up scooping the sad broccoli out in to a bowl while the chicken cooked, adding it back at the end with more raw broccoli so I wouldn't have sad broccoli throughout.



Friday, September 16, 2016

Island Shrimp

*It's another repost from the past but it's what I made this week!  Instead of the radishes though, I just served this over a bed of shredded lettuce and it was spot on with the saucy/dressing! And yes, it's Whole30 Approved!

This recipe comes from a book I got a while ago, Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals. which prompted me to get back in to the actual cookbook mode ... even though I have tons of them, I need more that are on track with this new way of eating!

By the way, in case you didn't know, 450 Swagbucks will  give you $5 in Amazon cash ... and that's how I've been buying the cookbooks ...

Another side note ... I do NOT like to have them on my Kindle. I mean, yeah, it's sort of cool to just open up the Kindle BUT I don't like the layout/format whatever. It's not the same as looking at the 2 pages, side by side ... so I've decided no more cookbooks on the Kindle.

Anyways ... 

It's Whole30 Compliant! Sweet! Perfect for January 2016 which is RIGHT around the corner, you know?

I renamed the recipe to Island Shrimp with Avocado, then, just Island Shrimp ... more appealing to ME than Tropical Avocado & Shrimp. And yes, there were a few modifications along the way ... if you want the real deal, buy the book and flip to page 57 ...


You can easily double, triple or even quadruple this recipe, as I was only feeding myself for a late lunch and early dinner, I made it in the quantities listed below ... Ready? Ready ...

1/4 cup mango, cut into chunks
1 jalapeno, seeds removed
Juice of 1 lime
dash of salt
3 tbs olive oil
1/2 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (personal note, I always take the freakin tail off, it annoys me)
1/2 tsp cumin
1 avocado, cut into chunks
3 radishes, sliced
1/4 red onion, sliced
chopped cilantro (optional but recommended)

Get out the big gun food processor ... add mango, jalapeno, lime juice, olive oil and salt.


Let it rip and make a sauce. 


Put sauce in fridge to chill a little. Trust me. I wasn't crazy when I tasted to adjust the seasoning, but after it chilled for a bit, it was a whole different flavor!


Sprinkle the shrimp with the cumin and saute in a bit of olive oil til cooked (not overcooked!)


In large bowl, combine the shrimp, avocado, radish, onion and cilantro. Toss with the sauce and serve OR you can pour the sauce over prior to serving. Either way, recommend making this ahead of time and letting chill in the fridge for 45 minutes or so ...


Good? Yes it was ... the radishes really tasted good with the mango sauce. I think I was in love for a minute there.


Note: I have made this with cooked shrimp ... in that case I just added the cumin to the food processor when making the sauce ... I'm all about making do, you know?

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Bangin Good Shrimp

*This is another recipe that I shared quite a while ago and figured I'd share since it's on the menu for Hubby this week (I'm doing a Whole30 so I'll have another shrimp based meal!) Enjoy!

I posted this recipe quite a while back and I've made it a time or two since, even though it's been on the menu quite a few times (hey, I'm honest, the menu is not set in stone!) ... so the last time I made it, I followed the directions a little more carefully and will have to say ...



YUM  ... YUM ... YUM ...

The cornstarch made ALL the difference in the world ... who would have thought? :-)

So this is the NEW and IMPROVED, rather, than revised Bangin Shrimp recipe ... hop to and go make it!

1lb shrimp (I had to peel and devein ... I do both the top and the underside deveining). Avoid the salad shrimp at all costs, otherwise you will be flipping them in seconds and they will overcook
2 to 3 tbs cornstarch with a sprinkle of black pepper
5 tbs of mayo ... are you making your own yet??
3 tbs sweet chili sauce
1 tbs of Sriracha sauce

3/4 head of shredded iceberg lettuce
2 handfuls of shredded coleslaw mix
Thin sliced green onions (greeny part) ... to suit my taste

Lay your shrimp out on a baking sheet and sprinkle with the cornstarch. Mix them up with your hands and add a little more cornstarch where ever you see a naked shrimp. You don't want them coated, just lightly 'dusted'.

Heat a little olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and toss in the shrimps. Try to keep them in one layer so they all get even heat ...

While shrimps are cooking, mix up the mayo, chili sauce and Sriracha sauce in a medium size bowl (one that will be large enough for the shrimp too).

Be careful that you don't over cook the shrimp ... it will be tough and just make you sad upon your first bite.

Divvy up the lettuce and coleslaw mix on plates.

Add cooked shrimp to the bowl with the saucy stuff, mix to coat well.

Top the lettuce/coleslaw with shrimp and top that with pretty sliced green onions.



Admire, take a photo and dig in ... Hubby said these were MUCH better than last time! I agree and NOW will definitely be making this more often ...

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Cilantro Lime Rice

*I'm joining in on the #SeptemberWhole30 Challenge which officially started on Monday, September 5th (thankfully AFTER the holiday weekend was almost over!!*

Did you see my excitement a few weeks ago when I finally found the bags of riced cauliflower at Trader Joe's? I made a bag of that stuff that very night without any thought ... that's how excited I really was ;-)

It was really easy too since the cauliflower was already riced ... all I had to do was zest a lime, chop some cilantro, juice the lime and cook the "rice".


I have turned so many people on to this stuff in the past few weeks
that I may never find it again at the Trader Joe's by my house!

*Type 1 Diabetics should be stockpiling this stuff with only 3 grams of carbs per serving!

This isn't really a recipe, so to speak, but more of a process. And I'm looking forward to making it again!


Here's what you need:

1 12 oz bag of riced cauliflower (or you can certainly rice your own, it's just messy)
handful of cilantro
1 lime

Toss your cauliflower rice into a non-stick skillet over medium heat and allow to heat through without messing with it much. I used my Green Pan and didn't use oil or anything else and it was cooked in 15 minutes.


Add the cooked cauliflower to a bowl and toss the cilantro in. Zest your lime, cut the lime in half and squeeze both halves over the rice/cilantro mix.

Give a quick fluff/stir and serve up ;-)

I had made this for Taco Tuesday (which really was a Taco Wednesday) and had a taco bowl - shredded lettuce, "rice" and meat ... can I just tell you how dang happy my tummy was?? It was pretty tasty and I can honestly say that the day of Taco Salads are gone ... I will forever be having taco bowls (ohhh....a knock of Chipotle bowl is in the future!!)

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Simple Grilled Asparagus

For years, and years, like every other veggie out there, I wouldn't go near asparagus ... that's like, a tree stalk, right?  It's right up there with the green tree shrubs (broccoli) and that funky white stuff (cauliflower)!

And then, I tried these little skinny stalks with garlic and olive oil and since then, I've been addicted to asparagus ... I'm the one in the produce section tossing the fat things aside, looking for the wimpy, skinny things.


Yup. That's ME!! Hi! Sorry if I held you up!  If nothing else, Whole30 has made me branch out and try all kinds of different veggies ... that in itself is a NSV, you know?

So a few weeks ago, Aldi's had asparagus. Imagine that!? $2.99 for a one pound bag. Now, mind you've I've seen asparagus there before, but it was either, you guessed it, fat and woody OR the tips were all mush which is a no-no in the asparagus world.

So whenever, I see them model thin stalks, I scoop them up, run home and promptly start cooking ... I LOVE LOVE LOVE these things!



I used to make them this easy way: asparagus, chopped garlic, diced onion, olive oil, salt & pepper mixture ... but then ... I discovered this:


Trader Joe's Lemon Infused Olive Oil  ... uhm ... HELLO!!??

So now, I just skip all that happy chop chop chop stuff and get straight down to this technique:

Snap and rinse your asparagus, toss the tops in a large bowl.

Drizzle with generous pour of that there Lemon Infused Garlic Oil

Liberally season with your salt & pepper mixture (ours is salt, black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder poured in to an OLD Badia spice bottle ... we live by this stuff)

With clean hands, fluff and mix to coat all the asparagus.



Fire up your grill and allow to heat on high. Reduce the heat to medium (make sure no flames are hitting the grates) and clean. Put a grill mat down (if you don't have one, you NEED one ... this is what they look like and I really need to do a review on these! I picked this up at Bed Bath & Beyond for like $10 or so but like the link better as there's 3 and they seem to be larger than what I have)


Toss on your asparagus (I did two batches as I made 2 pounds), spread them out a little and close the lid. After a few minutes, check on them, giving them a little toss with your tongs ... keep an eye on them as they will get charry really fast ...

I love, love, love these little things and this is such an easy recipe to make! Go ahead, give it a try!

Enjoy!

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Frugal Activities


Hey hey, it's time to share the Frugal Activities post and I know a lot of you liked them because of my full disclosure too!

So, what the heck, since I seem to have fallen off the Menu Plan Post, let's revive the Frugal Activities shall we?


I generally try to start my week on Monday with it ending on Sunday but pretty much keep Sunday out of the picture as I try to keep that as a stay home, entertain family and relax day!


Here are some of our Frugal Activities that we did this past week!


1. Only hit up the grocery store one time, and that was at Walmart and it was a proactive trip for the potential of a storm hitting us. Luckily, that fizzled out and well, what I bought we will be using. It was MORE than I anticipated, $130 ...

2.  Ate all 5 breakfast at home and packed my lunch for 4 of the 5 work days. The one day I didn't pack was Friday as my boss was taking me out to my favorite place, yet again. I'm telling you, I really do have the best boss! 

3.  Even though I didn't eat dinner too many times this week (busy and just distracted), we only went out ONE time and that was Wednesday night ... $86 for the 3 of us and I had leftovers that I ate for breakfast on Thursday.

4.  Did a little meal prep but not as much as I should have (hence, the shortage of dinners) ... we did have leftovers from Saturday and Sunday and Hubby made a large batch of tuna to tide him over during the week.

5.  Met up with some girlfriends for margaritas on Friday. We said only one drink each, ended up having two and only spent $30 with tip.  The best part? Free chips and salsa all around! 

6.  Thankful that I've been stashing the extra loaves of bread in the freezer lately as Saturday morning we all wanted toast but there was NO BREAD! Oh wait, yes there is! I ran out to the garage freezer and showed up with a loaf of sour dough bread! Perfect!

7.  Hubby was working on the generator this week and noticed that he had a flat tire AGAIN so he pulled it off and located the leak. It's a tubeless tire and he shopped around and lowest price he could find was $45 plus shipping. We hopped on Amazon and found the same thing for $20 with FREE shipping. Gave him something to look forward to! 

And of course, in keeping with tradition and to make myself accountable, here's the NOT so Frugal Activities from this past week!

1.  Finally paid the cable bill and I paid it short, come to find out. They slapped me with a $10 late fee because it wasn't revised like they said it would be. Need to follow up with them when I have the energy to do so this week.

2.  I had a little extra time waiting for my girlfriends on Friday so I ran in to TJMaxx ... picked up a pair of jeans and 3 new blouses for $80. Uhm, that's not in the budget this month! Most likely will be taking the blouses back and the jeans as well if they don't fit. I really should take it ALL back as I'm getting ready for the September Whole30 and well, hopefully, I'll get rid of this little muffin top that's going on and a smaller size might be in order! Maybe? Maybe not?

3.  Paid $2.80 per gallon for gas. Uhm, 17 gallons worth. That stinks.  Hubby wanted to me to check out the gas station. Gas had gone up 10 cents this past week with 99L hanging around out there in the ocean.h

So there you have it! I'm skipping out on Sunday, we anticipate having an open house IF the weather holds out ... Hubby and I will go scope out our "new" neighborhood and hit up the local neighborhood pub while out. 

What have YOU done frugal this past week?


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Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Simple Shrimp Dish

We've been working on eating down the freezers AND staying on budget. Just for the record, eating down the freezers DOES help the budget, except when you see a great sale on some frozen foods and think, hey, I've got plenty of room in the freezers for that!

Ahem. It happens ;-)


So, I was out of shrimp. Who would have thought that day would come? But never fear, there's always a sale on shrimp somewhere so of course, I bought more!

Not stock up more, but more. Because I wanted to make this ... *Sorry the pictures are crappy, they are OLD and well, if I can, I'll try and take NEW pics when we make it this week!*

When I came across this recipe, I immediately fell in love with the picture ... and then the SUPER SIMPLE list of ingredients. Awww, yeah, we can do this.

Of course, I had to stop at the store to get me a chili ... which brings me to the next point:

Are all chilis created equal? No, they aren't. But heck if I know the difference from one to another...I need to go google a guide and see what's what ...

So here you have it, without further ado ... and I must say, it's pretty damn good!

a generous handful of shrimp, peeled and devined (luckily, I was on top of my game that morning and took out a handful from the freezer)
olive oil
1 to 2 garlic cloves, thickly sliced OR just use the stuff you have minced already
1 chili, seeds removed and sliced
sliced up sweet peppers
pinch of paprika
dash salt
chopped parsley to garnish
sliced green onions for garnish
Crusty bread for sopping up the juicy stuff :-) ... found a half loaf of cubano bread in freezer ... may have to grill it up.

I had EVERYTHING except that big green chili on the left there




  

Stray loaf of Cuban Bread from freezer  and all the ingredients chopped and ready to go!

Heat oil over medium low heat and add garlic and peppers. Let cook for about 2 minutes and then add the shrimp and paprika. Cook til shrimp is pink and done, add salt.




Dish up in a large, flat dish, sprinkle with parsley and serve with crusty bread. Yummm.... this is a definite keeper!

I opted to toast the bread in the same skillet after I was done cooking ... it worked out pretty well ...




The bread actually had a slight kick to it from the oil that was still in the pan


Add in a Sea Dog Wild Blueberry beer while cooking, chat with a girlfriend and pretend you have a party going on ... 

Ok....so as much as I loved the dish (and the concept, so quick and easy!) ... I went a little heavy on veggies and not heavy enough on the shrimp. Also, I think next time, I will do oil AND ghee ... I think I used too much oil, and the heat needs to be more towards the medium range, I think. Also, the chili definitely gave it a KICK. Ummm, not a problem, except I was HOT from cooking, eating, drinking and rushing to get ready to go out with my girlfriend ... then I had a slight case of burpees the rest of the evening!  Yes, I WILL make it again but more shrimp, less veggies, add butter AND definitely cook up the bread in skillet!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Frugal Activities


Hey hey, it's time to share the Frugal Activities post and I know a lot of you liked them because of my full disclosure too!

So, what the heck, since I seem to have fallen off the Menu Plan Post, let's revive the Frugal Activities shall we?


I generally try to start my week on Monday with it ending on Sunday but pretty much keep Sunday out of the picture as I try to keep that as a stay home, entertain family and relax day!


Here are some of our Frugal Activities that we did this past week!


1. Hit up the grocery store (Publix) on Monday after work. Uhm, spent a little more than I wanted, $70, but that included quite a few cleaning supplies, salad stuff, milk and a few other things. My goal was to hit up Aldi once later in the week for salad stuff and Walmart for my Dad ... that worked out, NOT so much (see #1 below!)

2.  Ate all 5 breakfast at home and packed my lunch for 4 of the 5 work days. The one day I didn't pack was for a social luncheon that we were hosting for the office so FREE lunch that day (at my FAVORITE place!)

3.  Again, did my own manicure with a nice cold beer at my own bar in my own home. What can I say? This was done Monday, and as I finish this post on Saturday, they still look perfect with no chips, smudges, etc.


4.  Pampered myself to a 55 minute foot reflexology massage on Friday at lunchtime, courtesy of the boss. Honestly, I DO have the world's best boss ... 


5.  Hubby and I did another movie night on Friday night. Honestly, as much as we pay for cable/internet/phone service, I'm bound and determined to use it all up. Not to mention, it's kind of nice to not drink a ton of booze (as is standard because it's I Don't Care Fridays) and this way, we either each have a beer or two, or a soda, and movie snacks and snuggle in for a movie in the living room ... I'm glad we started doing this!


6.  We are having friends over for dinner on Saturday (tonight) and both of us had zero inspiration. I finally grabbed my Memories of a Cuban Kitchen and we settled on Piccadillo ... it's an all time favorite for us and guess what? I had 80% of the ingredients on hand to make ... a few things to be picked up and we are D O N E (uhm, watch for recipe soon, along with a repost of the Mojitos I'm making as well! These are going to be modified a little bit and if as good as the original, I'll share!)

7.  Skipped out on the Aldi trip ... much as I wanted to go. I guess I'll stop there on Monday night after taking my dad to the VA. They have boneless skinless chicken thighs for $1.29. Can't pass that up and the sale is good through Tuesday evening so go stock up!

And of course, in keeping with tradition and to make myself accountable, here's the NOT so Frugal Activities from this past week!

1.  Took a quick lunch break and ran to Walmart once I saw that Google Maps said it was only 2.3 miles from the office. Only thing is I have to go down Broward Blvd. and then over I-95 which is a pretty crappy traffic area. Regardless, went, spent $40 for the items on my list. Did not deviate too much from the list and was mindful of what would have to go in the office with me since I didn't have a cooler in the trunk. Why not so frugal? Because, I only intended to spend $20 or so and well, look what happens!


2.  Hit up Publix on Friday night after work ... and, just take a wild guess? $70.00 and 30 minutes later. W T F? This was totally not acceptable :-( I was there to pick up a few hot snacks (oven stuff) for our Movie Night. Well, they had a lot of stuff buy one get one free ... but still ended up spending way too much. 


So there you have it. I'm skipping out on Sunday as, fingers crossed, I'll be floating in the pool and chillin on the couch! 

What have YOU done frugal this past week?



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Monday, August 15, 2016

Cobb Salads

Somedays, all I want to do is head out to Sweet Tomatoes and have an all you can eat salad buffet with unlimited soups and a few other starchy things on the side. I never opt for dessert because I'm usually a stuffed pig by the time everyone is ready to hit the yogurt bar.  No thank you.


They do NOT serve Cobb Salads there but whenever I get around to making this, I'm always like, YUMMMM, we should do this more often!  So again, after making this for dinner the other night, only because I didn't have anything thawed, AND Hubby had made 6 hard boiled eggs, I got to chopping. Took me a whole 15, maybe 20 minutes top ... even to make it pretty like so!


It's really easy to make and I figure it's a bonus that I generally have everything on hand for the most part since I try to keep a healthy fridge! I even had a little bit of blue cheese crumbles left to put on Hubby's since that's what HE looks forward to when he orders it!


Me? I just stuck to the basics and used my homemade Honey Mustard Dressing too ... after we were done eating, we looked at each other and gave a high five ... these salads hit the spot!

Here's what you need:

1/2 head of iceberg lettuce, torn (or cut) in to bite size pieces
1 head of butter lettuce, torn (or cut) in to bite size pieces
handful of grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 seedless cucumber, cut in half, quartered and chopped into small bite size pieces
4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
bacon bits
ham or turkey, chopped (I used ham this time around)
shredded cheddar cheese
optional - crumbled blue cheese
optional - diced avocado (highly recommend but didn't have any)
Ranch, Honey Mustard OR Blue Cheese Dressing (these are 3 tried and true recipes!)

Ready to build this bowl of awesomeness?

Add a handful of each lettuce to each bowl, more or less as you'd like.  Put the lunchmeat down the center of the bowl.

Add a line of tomatoes and then a line of bacon bits.

Add a line of cucumbers and a line of cheddar cheese.

Add a line of eggs and then the avocado if using.

Garnish with the blue cheese crumbles if desired.

Serve with your dressing served on the side.  I like to keep my salad pretty when I eat it. Hubby, on the other hand, grabbed a big mixing bowl and dumped his pretty salad in there so he could properly "dress" his salad ;-)  MEN.

This is a big hit and I highly recommend you give it a try!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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