Greek Salad and Fruit Jar

What’s this?  Actual free time?  Oh my Lord, it must be a miracle!

Celebrating the Day of Valor here in the Philippines last April 9, I found myself avoiding chores and catching up on some of my reading when I remembered buying a buttload of chopped Romaine.  There has to be feta somewhere and aha!  Apetina was there.

Of course I had to forget the pitted black olives and I wonder why.  I usually look forward to that little nugget.  Oh well.

Balsamic vinegar and EVOO check and we’re ready to toss them all up in a glorious Greek-ish salad.

There was so much that I can only pack half of it in my lunch box and the other half, I ate by myself.

Greek Salad

My favorite part in the whole thing is crumbling the cheese.  I have always loved feta’s slightly grainy and then smooth texture.

I was a little overenthusiastic with the vinegar though, and completely forgot about the spices.  Then again, there’s always next time.

Greek Salad
Serves 2

1 bag Dole romaine lettuce, chopped
1 medium cucumber, halved and chopped
50g Apetina feta cheese, crumbled
1 T balsamic vinegar
1 T EVOO
Pepper to taste

Mix everything gleefully!

Next up, dessert.

I honestly believe buying these Mason jars from Pretty Little Cravings is so worth it.  We had some leftover melons and grapes, and a couple of canned fruits to boot.  They made a pretty little picture.

Fruit Jar

I usually store these babies in the freezer to maximize its potential.  Plus of course the fact that it’s summer here already and there’s nothing like consuming something cold.

See those juices at the bottom?  Those were actually from the pineapples and the mandarin oranges.  Even though I drained them well, the juice was still there.  It added a lot to the flavor though, and in a way, sweetened up the melon too.

So far, this healthy eating lifestyle is off to a good start.  Then again (Again!? Hahaha.) I got to make all these because I had the time to.  So while I’m still on break from school, I should really make more of these.

How about you?  Do you have any other quick recipes for me to try?  Let me know!

 

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Healthy is expensive.

I was supposed to do my weeklong detox this week, but because of an event midweek, I had to postpone it.  I mean, I can’t be invited to an event and not eat.  Come on.  That’s just rude.  Hehehe.

So this week, I decided to just prepare for it.  Controlled eating and healthier meals would make the detox easier to transition into.  So for today, I had a good breakfast, and salad for lunch.  I had light snacks in between — nothing too white — but what I realized is this:  eating healthy is expensive.

This is the salad I ordered from Wendy’s.  I already ate about one or two forkfuls and already, it looked like this:

It’s their “Big” Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken and bacon bits.  The dressing was not tossed in the salad, which is good.  I can just have the dressing that can still consider this salad healthy.  Can you imagine that this salad cost me P160?!

It’s not a new thing.  Everyone knows that when Jollibee comes up with 39-peso meals, it’s pretty hard to resist that offer.  They’re tasty and as they say, sulit.  You can have two of those meals and still save money!  My salad, although satisfying (?), would have afforded me FOUR of those meals.  Gehd.

I wish they will make healthy food more affordable so more people will find it easier to eat healthy.  I kind of like the fact that SM Supermarkets have set up fruit and salad bars.  It allowed people to mix and match their salads (but if you go there almost at the end of the day, the fruit and salad bar will already look like a warzone if not a hamlet of sorts) to their liking, and customers just have to pay according to its weight.  I believe 1kg of mixed anything is P158, still cheaper than my nowhere-near-1kg salad.

I’m just complaining because I don’t want to fail my easing-into-detox week by succumbing to cheaper, more processed, most probably synthetic options.  Not only is it sometimes hard to eat, it could also easily burn a hole in the pocket.

Pray for me? :)