What if we told you there’s an easy way to cut calories, make dinner more quickly and wash fewer dishes? It’s possible, it’s satisfying, and it’s delicious. Trade your plate for a bowl and lighten up with these one-dish wonders.
Chopped salads are a great way to get your daily requirement of fruits and vegetables. The best explode with texture and flavor, making them super satisfying. And a hefty serving of fiber will keep you feeling full, especially if you up the percentage of green leaves.
The idea is to take a smaller portion of the meat and sides that you’d usually put on your plate, chop them up and toss them together over a pile of crunchy lettuce. Using greens to stretch the higher-calorie parts of your meal can help you cut calories.
Just be sure your ingredients don’t add up to a diet disaster. Limit quantities of dense foods such as nuts, cheeses, meats, dried fruits and dressing. Make veggies the star of your chopped salad, and use these EatingWell recipes as guides.
Save time by doing all your chopping on the weekend. Pull out the food processor and prep for three or more entree salads at once. Store each ingredient separately in clear containers; when it’s time for dinner, just mix and match.
Dish up your chopped salad into big bowls, and dinner is served!