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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.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tasty Tip of the Day~ Kitchen Sink Salad 

8 Nov

“Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.”



Add some color to your greens

Throw in several kinds of beans

Dice up some fruit,  add to your plate

A boring salad, now is great.



My tasty tip… I love fresh spinach. I eat some just about every day. I buy the big organic container and just grab a handful to start a salad. Then, I add all the color and textures. A salad should be a tasty work of art.


This is my favorite kind of salad. Kitchen sink salad. The fact that I’m not that fond of a lot of chopping and preparing, I’ll make up a big container of fruit and veggies  to use for the next few days. 

Under all that stuff, imstarted with a handful of baby spinach. In a big bowl, I added a can of garbanzo beans, some frozen peas, a diced cucumber, a can of beets, diced tomatoes, sliced celery, a bunch of grapes sliced in half, a diced apple, and an avocado. I pour in pot the veggie bowl, about half a cup of homemade or store bought Italian dressing with a few splashes of apple cider vinegar and shake it up. Plop on the spinach. It kinda marinates the rest for the next meal. Oh man!

Yummy! So good! The next day, I just grab another handful of spinach, and scoop out a few big dollops of my diced up mixture. 

Popeye and I love spinach.