Backstory is that after our vacation last month that included all things butterbeer, and then the holidays that included lots of sweets and treats, and then of course carb loading for our half marathon, well - Jeff and I have been feeling like we want to swing the pendulum around regarding our food choices. So I've actually cooked a bit - I know, don't faint. This recipe for an easy Korean beef bowl came out so well that I'm making it again tonight, only I'm doubling the amount of sauce and adding steamed broccoli to make it a little more well-rounded:
I served this over Calrose rice, which is a sticky rice that steamed up beautifully in my little rice cooker.
But that isn't the decadent meal. Believe it or not, our decadent meal came from a salad restaurant - Salata, to be exact. Remember back in the day, when I used to make giant salads for our dinner? I'd chop up veggies and fruit and have everything ready to assemble, and those salads were delicious. But I've gotten out of the habit of doing much in the way of food prep, and quite honestly, I didn't want to bother with going to the grocery store, much less wash and slice up all of the ingredients - I just wanted to eat a big, healthy salad. So we decided to try Salata, which is where you stand in line and have your salad built in front of you as you go. Now, I'm generally opposed to standing in line for my food - if I'm going out, I want it brought to me - but big salad was calling us, and this was the only way it was going to happen that night.
I have to say, there's something about seeing all of the veggies that were available that was so appealing - I had my server add a handful of this and a handful of that, building on my mixed greens base and then we moved to the fruit section, where they had thinly sliced apple pieces, and fresh strawberries and pineapple and I went to town with that, and on it went. You could add a protein to your salad for an extra three bucks, and I did - the herbed chicken breast was really tasty. Their dressings were all labeled with calorie amounts, and they let me taste a couple before deciding on one.
All told, our salads were $11 each - which is a lot for a salad, I know. And it did feel decadent, especially knowing that I could have created a similar salad at home. However, it ended up accomplishing more than just feeding us. Along with nourishment, I felt worthy, to use Debby's favorite word. Worthy of allowing myself to spend more money than really was necessary on a healthy meal for myself. And once I was finished, I was inspired to make a list of ingredients to buy on my next trip to the grocery store, so that I could recreate that salad at home. Win-win all around. While I'm going to work on adding homemade salads to my meal repertoire more often, I'm not opposed to going back to Salata once in a while, because every now and then, you do need to treat yo self to a decadent meal. Unless, of course, this is happening: