A Summer of Glorious Food Starts With Lettuce
While I was at the market over the weekend, all the different greens reminded me of a fabulous thing that happened several years ago around this time. It was the start of a glorious summer of food and a 45 lb weight loss! And believe it or not, it all started with lettuce. I had planted lettuce in my garden just to try something different and before I knew it, I had an over the top abundance. Romaine, Green Leaf, Red Leaf, you name it, I had it all in my backyard and at my fingertips. It was so easy to grow that I was truly amazed. It was in the shade most of the day except for a few hours of beautiful sun in the afternoon. Then came the question of what to do with it all, so I just started eating salads. If I was hungry, I would eat more salad. It tasted so much better to me than any lettuce I had eaten before and it became a fun way to discover making different dressings and adding other things from my garden like mint, cilantro, tarragon, spinach and swiss chard. I think I even picked the dandelion greens in my yard and threw them in. As the spring and summer progressed, I started adding grilled chicken, steak, nuts, dried fruits, avocado, cheese, and hard boiled eggs. It was wonderful. So every year, in early spring, I plant my lettuce and I see what develops!
A Quick Note: A salad spinner is a summer simple essential and a huge time saving tool!