Grab ‘n Go Lunch: Salad in a Jar

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Balance is where my focus is these days. Time and money are major pieces of that puzzle, so a healthy grab n’ go lunch sounded like the best thing since sliced bread. During my Toastmasters meeting, I learned how to make a mason jar salad and decided to pack six salads for the upcoming week.

After collecting recipe ideas from Pinterest, I went a little overboard buying ingredients (see below) for this salad party of one. Only three of the six salads were eaten because work provided lunch on two days. Packing multiple salads for one person is tricky. Next time, I will buy half the ingredients and get a more creative with the left over ingredients.

The cost of ingredients totaled less than $30 and the reusable mason jars are about $10 at Target. Thirty bucks for a week worth of lunch is a steal. Buying a good salad near my office costs $10.

Interested in making your own grab n’ go lunch? Here’s  “How to Pack a Perfect Mason Jar Salad” via PopSugar.

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Easy Peasy Turkey Meatloaf

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Where are the eggs? Oops!

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Dinner is served.

I found this super easy recipe on Pinterest. The pin carried me over to 4 Men 1 Lady‘s blog. The directions seemed simple enough, so I tried it.

I forgot to add the eggs, oops. Luckily, I remembered 2.1 seconds after I closed the oven door, so I had time to add them.

Everyone loved it!  I made it for my niece (age 5), sister (age 21), and friend (age 28), who all asked for second servings. Winning! I paired the meatloaf with a cheesy baked potato and a baby spinach salad drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette (pictured above).

If you have kids around, turn it into a fun kitchen bonding experience. My niece enjoyed mixing the meatloaf ingredients with me. Get the “Easy Turkey Meatloaf” recipe deets from 4 Men 1 Lady.

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H O M E: Living and Dining in LA

HOME (Los Feliz location) is where you wet your whistle and chat, on a warm Los Angeles summer night.

While HOME is a restaurant, I am more likely to return for the ambiance and cocktails, instead of eats.

Attempting to make up for the poor food choice I made earlier in the day, I ordered the Warm Spinach Salad. If HOME’s goal is to serve a dish as the average person would at home for a chill night out by the pool, then call it a success. The presentation is subpar and the salad fell short at titillating my taste buds.

On the other hand, the atmosphere and service are terrific. Did I mention that Happy Hour drinks are five bucks and are not watered down? Worth it!

As for the Chicken Pomodoro Sandwich and soup, my friend date says, “The sandwich was quite savory, the cheese added a great kick to it. Soup was bland, but ok. I’ve had better. Oh! The fried pickles were my fav!”

Check out the pictures below. Feel free to ask questions. xoxo

IMG_2727The view from our table. We were seated outside.

IMG_2724Warm Spinach Salad $11.95 
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Chicken Pomodoro Sandwich $10.95 & Soup $3.95