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13 January 2009 @ 09:13 am
Salad  
I've been eating salads as part of my lunch for the last few months - partly because I figured I should eat some more veg. I'm a fairly sedentary person, so I should at least eat healthily even if I never quite seem to make time for the exercise bit of a healthy lifestyle ;) Of course it's not as healthy as all that, I drown my salads in salad dressing & the other thing that started me off on eating more salads was wondering what to do with the fancier-than-I-usually-buy bottle of olive oil that was part of my birthday presents.

My salad dressing is pretty basic, but it's at least 90% of the point of eating salad for me - and 100% the point of eating lettuce, the only point of lettuce is to give your salad dressing crunch & make it easier to get into your mouth ;) I basically just mix about equal quantities of olive oil & vinegar with a pinch of salt & pepper. I started off using a variety of vinegars, a different one each day - normal malt, balsamic, white wine, even lemon juice ... whatever I had in the house. But I've settled down into just using balsamic vinegar coz it's my favourite. I probably wouldn't serve anyone else salad in that dressing though, it does turn the veg a rather disconcerting brown colour ;)

Veg wise I stick to lettuce, tomato, cucumber & spring onions. I keep thinking I'll branch out (be wild! ;) ) & have pepper or brocolli or something, but then when I get to making the salad that never seems as tasty as the standard set of ingredients. I put some leftover roast chicken in once recently, but that turned out to have a disconcerting texture amongst the veg - a few "omg what's that?" moments.

Of course, the other reason I end up with always the same veg, always the same dressing is that I'm very much a creature of habit when it comes to food. I'm happy eating the same thing for lunch every day, and while I prefer more variety in my evening meals I always quite like the same thing on the same day of the week. It drives J nuts, I think ;)
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The Flat Atom Society: lunchghoti on January 13th, 2009 10:07 am (UTC)
Benedict would eat the same lunch every day if he could get away with it. It drives me mad (I have to make it, after all) and we've settled on his lunch one day and mine the next.

(He could make his own lunch, but I'm very strict about having enough fruit and veg, so like to know exactly what he's got.)
Margaretpling on January 13th, 2009 10:29 am (UTC)
See for me (and possibly Benedict too) there's something almost comforting about having the same thing each day ... I do see that it needs to be something nutritionally comprehensive (hence my salads), tho.
The Flat Atom Societyghoti on January 13th, 2009 11:09 am (UTC)
That makes sense. Also, his dad always has sandwiches, which probably influences him (but Jon has different fillings, whereas Benedict only likes cheese sandwiches).
nirikinanirikina on January 13th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
I couldn't stand having the same thing for lunch each day, or the same thing for dinner more than twice a week. Variety is better for you nutritionally since there's a greater chance your body will get more of the nutrients it needs, and less chance you will be deficient in something important.

Re salads you've given me an idea for what to have for lunch tomorrow, something I used to get from the local cafe near where I worked years ago. Cold pasta salad - with either chicken or ham, with bell peppers, onions, cucumber etc and dripping in mayonnaise :-)