There are certain rituals I always turn to when beginning a new week. One of those involves meal-planning. While I haven't quite evolved to mapping out every menu ahead of time for our household, you will likely find me any given Sunday combing the aisles of my local Trader Joe's in search of weeknight meal inspiration and quick, easy to grab food with which to stock the fridge. Food that is prepped and ready to eat is the best trick I know to help curb fast food temptation. Because if you are anything like me, you will no doubt push hunger to the limit until it's absolutely necessary to eat. now.
Budget permitting, a trip to Whole Foods is of course the ideal scenario. How easy it is to point to the food case and fill my cart up with my favorite salads, already prepared and ready to pack into those clear containers. And I will say this... it is a treat. But that is one place for me where temptation always gets the better of me and in no time flat, I find myself gleefully wheeling around a cart full of goodies, followed quickly by a remorseful ride back home.
Luckily, I know how to whip up two of my favorites from the Whole Foods deli case.
I like to stock up on the plastic food containers at my local Smart & Final and go for the whole "just bought" experience. It's cheating yes, but I'm none the wiser when I peer into the fridge looking for my next snack. Fresh ingredients aside, most of the ingredients used in these salads will stretch into two or three batches, making these homemade versions as affordable as they are easy.