Marci posted about making a weekly salad bag on her recipe blog recently and I thought it was a great idea! For “convenience” purposes, I usually buy the pre-packaged bags of salad at the grocery store. Not only are they usually way overpriced, but from my experience, they usually start to get wilted or slimy a few days before they even hit the “sell by” date. So, many times, a lot of the bag ended up going to waste.
I have also been trying to eat healthier and so I had been buying salads at work. After I read Marci’s blog post, I decided to try making our own weekly salad bag. I usually just cut up a head of lettuce and then I add in carrots, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, and anything else right before I serve it, and it has worked out so well. It is a lot less expensive than buying the prepacked bags and you end up with a lot more. For example, iceberg lettuce and romaine lettuce are on sale for $.88 at Kroger this week, so I can make our own yummy salad bag for a lot less than it would cost to buy a much smaller pre-packaged bag.
I have been making a salad to take to work every day (so we have been going through more than one “weekly salad bag”) and when we have leftover meat (chicken, beef, etc.), I will take it along to throw on top. It has helped to cut down our expenses (since I’m not buying salads at work), leftover meat is not going to waste, and I have had some really tasty salads!
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