I had a very good salad for lunch yesterday, but first, I have a little rant…
At work yesterday morning, a lady called in to ask if we had a kids menu (I work at a Latin American/Spanish tapas restaurant). I told her that we do not. Then she asked if we served chicken fingers. (WTF? This is not Zaxby’s…) I told her no, but we do have chicken skewers. Her reply was, “Oh, so you don’t have anything kids normally eat?”
Ummm…Why can’t kids eat chicken grilled with garlic and parsley instead of breaded and deep fried?? Have your kids ever tried real chicken than is not in the shape of a dinosaur?? WHY IS IT SUCH AN UNHEARD OF IDEA TO FEED YOUR KIDS FOOD THAT IS NOT CRAP??!
There are some families that bring their kids in to the restaurant where I work, and the kids eat everything that the parents eat: garlic shrimp, ceviche (raw tilapia cured with lime juice), salmon with mango and red pepper salsa….It’s delicious food! And kids will like it if you don’t train them to only eat chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese. I’ve seen proof. (Remember the kid I met at the farmer’s market whose favorite food was asparagus soup?) Kids deserve to eat real food, too!
Anyway, after work yesterday I stopped by at a really good sandwich and salad restaurant (its called Transmeteropolitan in case you are ever in Athens…), and I got a “build your own” salad to-go.
I chose spinach as my base, and I added green peppers, fresh tomatoes, artichoke hearts, zucchini, and blackened tofu with balsamic vinaigrette. Not sure if you can tell by the picture, but this salad was massive!!
Look at all those fresh veggies. Heaven in a plastic to-go container.
Being literally 100 degrees outside, I was fantasizing about making Gena’s blended frozen bananas for something cold and sweet after my salad. However, I did not have any bananas, I had to work again in one hour (no time to grocery shop and freeze bananas…), and Ben and Jerry’s was right across the street. The decision was too easy. I went for a cone of Imagine Whirled Peace yesterday, but I really want to try Gena’s dessert soon!
P.S. Thanks for all the book recommendations on my last post! You all had some great ideas, and I loved seeing what you like to read!