Tuesday:) Toni’s Tasty Everything But the Kitchen Sink Salad

20 Jun

“Never underestimate the power of good food. Eating delicious food can be a life-changing experience.”

Shon Mehta


Many people say they hate cooking or they have trouble thinking of what to prepare for meals. I know I’m crazy, but I love to cook and bake. The secret is being creative.

I’m not a vegetarian or a vegan, but I’ll admit that I very rarely buy meat when at the store. Plus, I don’t eat fish, yuk. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll order a burger or chicken when I go out to lunch or dinner. Oh! Don’t get me started on chicken fried steak at Rick’s or chicken fried chicken at The Pantry. I just don’t prepare it at home.

I’d say that I fix salads 9 out of 10 times when I eat at home. My favorite salad is my Everything but the kitchen sink salad. I love organic baby spinach, so I buy the big plastic box to last me all week. I put a huge handful in a big bowl then add … a mixture of a lot of stuff.

Here’s my lunch for today.

I get a large bowl and add drained cans of….

I can garbanzo beans

1 can white navy beans

1 can sliced/diced beets (turns everything red, but that’s ok)

I can black eyed peas or whatever

1 chopped cucumber

1 chopped celery stalk

I diced apple

Some diced tomatoes

Some diced strawberries

30 or 40 grapes sliced in 1/2

Sometimes I add red onion…add whatever you like or have on hand.

Then I pour in some organic AC vinegar and a few squirts of Italian dressing. S &P and a few dashes of garlic powder. I don’t measure anything. Then, refrigerate. This is enough for all week, 5 or 6 salads.

I put a big handful of spinach in a bowl, top with about a cup or more of the bean/fruit mixture. Oh, I forgot. Sometimes I’ll sprinkle with some of the nuts that I keep around for snacking, adds crunch and salty.

I love my big easy-peasy everything but the kitchen sink salads, very filling, pretty tasty, and pretty good for you. And, it lasts all week.

After fixing this and feeling creative and healthy, that’s when I bake a few pans of brownies. I said I was creative. I didn’t say I was a health nut.

4 Responses to “Tuesday:) Toni’s Tasty Everything But the Kitchen Sink Salad”

  1. ccbarr June 20, 2018 at 2:06 am #

    I know what you mean. I’ll make a salad,put in whats in the frig(cukes,tomatos,onions) put a scoop of cottage cheese on it or tuna. I use oluve oil and rice wine vinegar-very lite tasting. I do like fish though-swordfish all time fave.I think they call we light meat eaters “flexatarins”. I use to do cooking jobs for a living so I’m tired of cooking much. I will try your salad. Very balenced. Have you ever used spinach leaves on a sandwich instead of lettuce?Tasty

  2. toniandrukaitis June 20, 2018 at 2:55 am #

    I e never heard the term flexatarians. Never too old to learn something new. I use spinach for so much. I put it on my pasta, pizza, instead of lettuce in sandwiches, but I rarely use bread. I use flour tortillas. You can throw a lot of stuff in a tortillas. I even put a little spinach in my smoothies. So, you cooked for a living? I can see being tired of cooking then.

  3. Lynn Teska September 29, 2018 at 9:44 pm #

    How can I sign up to follow you? Great blog! Hope all is well!

    • toniandrukaitis October 20, 2018 at 5:49 am #

      Hi Lynn. You can follow me on Facebook. I post there every day. Hope you are doing well. It will be strange and painful not staying with my Mom and seeing all her friends. ❤️

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