Most people do not realize it, but the color of your food can be the difference between a successful eating plan and a failed one. Growing up, there was always something green and fresh on the dinner table and to this day I make sure to add a little green to my dishes somehow. Our daily food consumption is unfortunately dictated by three things: taste, cost, & convenience. Take quick inventory of your daily food intake and you will be able to see where you can inject a bit of color in your diet. Remember, they don't just look good on your plate, vibrant foods give you energy.
So time to try another salad! I am well into rugby season and with work as busy as ever, this leaves me only a few days during the week to cook, so I have to make sure to prep one meal and repeat it a couple of times a week. I'm the type who can eat the same thing day in and day out, but if you're not, be creative and mix it up with this salad. Just make sure you use most of these ingredients, otherwise you can't call it a Cobb Salad: lettuce, tomato, bacon, chicken breast, hard-boiled egg, avocado, and some kind of blue cheese (Roquefort, bleu, gorgonzola etc.)
As I've written before, keep it simple and keep it fresh.
Lettuce (arugula, spinach, red leaf, etc.)
1 red onion
Bacon (leave this out if you’d like)
4 chicken breasts (no skin)
4 hard boiled eggs
Cut up up all the ingredients and layer each one on a plate. It not only makes for an attractive presentation, it makes the salad easier to eat, too.
To repeat the dish during the week, I put each ingredient in its own container and just throw it together. It takes only a few minutes to put together from there.
If you're tired of chicken, use shrimp, tofu, steak. No rules.
For some change, mix up the lettuce or dressing (if you use it)