Raising the salad bar

New Years resolutions.  Hmmm. You can probably tell by this post date alone, it’s not my strength. Two weeks too late. I’m probably like a lot of you. Life is busy. There’s a lot going on. Some are big things and some are not so big, but all together it can be too much on my plate. Literally. My muffin top has changed over the years to a…. well, a small wedding cake. BUT, we’ve come up with a “baby step” program around here that’s been helpful for everyone in the family. It’s a quick way to eat healthy and get your veggies in when your pressed for time, don’t feel like cooking or just need a quick something for OR with your meal.  It’s an instant salad bar.

At the beginning of the week I wash and prepare all the fixins for a yummy salad and put them in various size containers that all fit into one big 9×13 ish size container in my fridge.image

The idea was to give my family an easy to prepare option that was a healthier choice. It was a little love sabotage. We needed something to take the place of the ever so delicious quesadilla. Everybody in the family loves salad but the thought of prep was a downer sometimes.

It’s so easy to pull out the container and personalize a salad that even a teenager can do it. Really. I’ve  seen it done. With my own eyes. I’m a little misty thinking about the first time it occurred. Anyway, I can pull it out every night and make a salad bar in one minute flat. If my dinner is a little on the sub-par side, it’s instantly a better meal. Everything I cut and prepare is good for 5-7 days at least. The only ingredient that has ever gone “man down” on me is an occasional cucumber or a fresh berry.  We use bags of salad and spinach or cut pre-washed lettuce as we need.

These are some of the ingredients we love:

  • tri-colored peppers
  • peas, fresh or thawed
  • jicama
  • craisins
  • cut turkey or ham
  • sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • almonds
  • raisins
  • croutons
  • bacon pieces
  • cubed cheese
  • beets
  • cherry or grape tomatoes (golden and red)
  • cucumbers
  • carrots (slices or pre-shredded)
  • fresh berries

Eating your greens ✔️

Making healthier choices✔️

Baby step goals✔️

Watching your teenager eat something different than a quesadilla ✔️

Happy Resolutions ya’ll. We believe in you.

Why Didn’t I Think Of That!


I’m sure this isn’t what Oprah was talking about when referring to an “Aha” moment, but it has been one for me. This little trick has been a life changer. When I have a sick child, I constantly question myself about a missed dose.  Sadly, I like to check things off too, it makes me feel productive. I saw this idea  with a.m. and p.m. on a medicine bottle, and added a date on the side to be extra over the top. If your medication is taken two times daily make two columns. Three times a day, three columns etc.  This idea come in handy when more than one of your children is sick or taking more than one prescription.

I took this picture, but this wasn’t my idea.  I wish I could give credit where credit is due for this one.  Whoever you are, THANK YOU!


Free Printable Weekly Menu


Two of my New Year’s Resolutions this year are to be more mindful of my money and health.  I found this free weekly dinner menu plan and was excited that I could kill two birds with one stone.  I printed it out, and stuck it in an old frame.   now I can use my dry erase makers and change my menu weekly.  Hopefully I will waste less food, spend less in the store, and be more aware of what I am feeding my family.

I am also considering laminating it and sticking inside my pantry door to save space.  You can get your free menu here  courtesy of The Nest Effect.