On the Menu: Big Salad, Big Sun, and Chuck Palahniuk

It’s spring break!  No Tupperware for me today!  My initial (active) plans for today were scuttled by the protestations of my tummy, so I gave in to a day of reading and sunning on the deck.

Lunch today was a BIG salad. First, I prepped by baking some tofu.  I made this batch spicy, adding lots of crushed red pepper along with Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute and some smoked paprika.  I love to bake it until it is soft on the inside and firm on the exterior.

Asparagus was on sale at Kroger, so of course I stocked up.  These were not the usual slender tender stalks of spring, these were large and succulent.  These big boys hold up well to grilling, so that’s just what I did with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Then, it was time to put it all together.  I started with a base of mixed spring greens and added cucumbers, red onion, red pepper, baby bella mushrooms, tomatoes, avocado, asparagus, pumpkin seeds, and tofu for mine (the boyfriend prefers chicken).  This was all topped with my boyfriend’s favorite dressing: garlic, pomegranate seeds, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper all mixed in the blender.  We both love these big and satisfying salads.

I decided to search for new books by some of my favorite authors.  You can tell by my find (Damned, October 2011), that I don’t do this very often:)  Chuck and I are having a glorious day in the sun along with the dog.  The cat, as you can see, prefers the shade.

 

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