Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Salad Night

Meal planning not only helps with the household budget and time management, but it also helps to keep our meals balanced so we're getting a variety of foods that are good for our bodies. One of my favorite nights of the week is Salad Night and it's not because it's a 'quick and easy' night. This dinner actually requires a little more preparation than other meals because these are not ordinary salads.
Here are some things we put in our salads:

Wheat Berries
Boiled Eggs
Pumpkin Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Slices Apples
Black Olives
Black Beans
Homemade Sourdough Croutons
Feta or Gorgonzola Cheese
Real Bacon Bits
Al Dente Pasta

Salad dressings also need to vary to keep salads from becoming boring. It's easy to just put out the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sometimes I make an Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing from, or a sweet Garlic Mustard Dressing, and on occasion I make what we call Friday Blue Cheese Dressing.
What do you put in your salads?

Fall Flowers and Butterflies

Here in New England where we live, most of the leaves are now on the ground. There is still much to do outside but it is mostly raking and cutting back perennials. How I miss the vegetable garden already! There are still some herbs going strong that I can snip and use in my recipes, but I really miss the cherry tomatoes that have been part of every meal since July. For a gardener, this time of year brings mixed feelings. On the one hand it is an opportunity to clean out and start the next growing season with a clean slate. On the other hand, seeing no green or growing plants can be a little depressing.

There is a bright spot still in the garden more glorious than any chrysanthemum or aster could be and that's the fall blooming Anemone. This is one of my favorite plants and seems to be overlooked by many due to the fact that this is a plant that you have to seek out. Check out this great article on the Anemone.

Although the blooming plants and even the Anemone are just about done for this year, I did see the most beautiful butterfly the other day.
Enjoy the day and the pictures of our butterfly - Wonderwoman