The temperatures are soaring outside. I hope they are not just as hot in your kitchen! I hate standing over the stove in the summer. I and refuse to even turn on the oven after noon. So I have lots of creative ways to make healthy meals that don't require the sweat of my brow.
Salads, of course, are a go to for the warm months. Lighter fare is appreciated. We have to watch though, to keep them healthy. What's more, we need to think beyond lettuce. My Chopped Salad In A Cup has been shared more times that any other recipe. Cups are a fun way to eat on the run. I happen to save these cups after being served from our hospitality area at church. I generally use them several times before I dispose of them. Warning: I am not sure if they go through the dishwasher. I happen to be one of those who wash dishes by hand. My dishwasher is basically a storage area for all those extra plates and bowls I can't help but collect! My guilty obsession. Don't judge me. Tiny kitchen yet enough plates to feed an army.
But back to summer food. I have an entire issue of the Diner News dedicated to meals that are cool to eat and easy to prepare in the heat. You should check it out. http://www.247lowcarbdiner.com/html/newsletter.html
I happen to be a huge fan of this salad dressing. I went ahead and drizzled it on top because this salad should be eaten fairly soon after making. Zoodles are better fresh. It will not hurt them for the dressing to seep down, but I wouldn't suggest making this one a day or two ahead. But do make it! So delish.
Zoodle Cup Salad with Peanut Dressing
This salad is a take-off of my popular Chopped Salad in a Cup. The ingredients are layered into a clear plastic beverage cup, topped with a lid, and then packed to travel. If you would like to pack a salad in a jar, simply double the recipe and have a more substantial salad meal.
1 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
1 tbsp lime juice or 1 packet True Lime
2 tsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or soy sauce
1 tsp Sambal Oelek or hot sauce
2 cups spiral sliced zucchini
3 tbsp chopped cilantro
3 oz cooked, diced chicken or salmon
In a small bowl, combine peanut butter, Bragg’s Aminos, lime and Sambal Oelek.
Spiral cut the appropriate amount of zucchini. Dice the cilantro.
In the base of the cup, add 1/2 of the zoodles. Drizzle with a fourth of the dressing. Add 1 oz chicken and top with cilantro. Add remaining zoodles and top with chicken and cilantro. Pour the remaining dressing over . Place lid on the cup and chill.
Serves 1: 237 calories 10 net g carb
Now check out the rest of the amazing warm weather meals and treats I have featured this month. You will want this issue!
|Miso Ginger Salmon Salad|
|Barbecue Chicken Skewers|
|Lemon Blueberry Salmon Salad|
|Calorie Burn Frozen Arnold|
|Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Shake|
|Jerk Chicken Marinade|
|Crazy Chocolate Mint Shake|
|Lemon Sugarfree Sherbet|
|Tropicana Pulled Pork Soft Tacos|
|Steak Fajita Bowl|
|Summer Sausage Salad|
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