Emma's Bites – Salad

Welcome back to another edition of Emma’a bites. How are you all and how is your meal planning going?
I don’t know about you but I find lunches and meals a bit easier in the summer, it feels like there are more choices. I mean let’s be honest. No one wants a salad or a BBQ in Winter!!!!
Now before I met Ste and before we moved in together more so, I didn’t have much variety in food and what I ate. If you had told me years ago I would be happily making myself a salad I would have laughed!!!
So let’s chat about salads. Now don’t get me wrong, I can still get a bit iffy about what I eat in a salad. You won’t catch me putting a raddish in my salad for instance!!!
Now let’s get this out of the way. I realise this next comment can be quite controverisal but……I like fruit in salad. There I said it!! I have my limits, mainly though I will pop some grapes in my salad. Ste was reluctant at first but he agrees it really add’s to the flavour.
Cheese wise, I much prefer using grilled hallaumi. If your adding grapes too then wow!!
Actual salad leaves I prefer a mixed bag of leaves. I will use iceberg lettuce too but I prefer the former.
As for the other bits you can put in I stick to my favourites. Red pepper and cucumber are a must for me. I also use, red onion, cherry tomatoes, boiled egg chopped up, croutons, pasta, spring onions. You could also use watermelon if your having halloumi with your salad.
If your a meat eater, you can use all sorts. Ham, cooked chicken, or if you want to push the boat out a steak!!! Steak salad is amazballs!!!
If you make a decent salad, personally I don’t think you really need to add a dressing but thats just me. If you do however want a dressing I would stick to things like, olive oil, olive oil with balsamic vinegar, sea salt, or even just a squueze of lemon is nice. If you do use any of these though, I really would only use a little bit.
I wish I could say I have an endless supply of ideas about salads but I don’t. Truth is I thought this may be a good time to remind you that salads can be really nice and tasty!! I would love to know what you like to put in your salads.
Here’s my meal plan for the week. If there’s anything you fancy knowing more about let me know. Next week is homemade lasagne.
Monday –
B – cereal
L – Salad
D – filo pastry bake
Tuesday –
B – spinach, poached eggs, toast
L – Sandwich, crisps and fruit. (We are out for the whole day)
D – cheesy chips (quick easy and needed after a full day out!)
Wednesday –
B – cereal
L – salad
D – Lasagne, garlic bread and salad
Thursday –
B – cereal
L – salad
D – pork steaks with veggie rice
Friday –
B – french toast
L – fruit
D – homemade pizza
Saturday –
B – spinach, poached eggs and toast
L – sandwich, salad bits and crisps (out for the whole day again)
D – quorn nugget curry and rice
Sunday –
B – Mc Donald’s fakeaway sausage and egg McMuffin
L – fruit
D – Turkey dinner
Thanks for reading.
Much love

By Admin

I am Mrs Shep aka Emma. Mum of boys. I suffer for FND and I also have dyslexia and dyspraxia. I chat about everything from baby loss and (sen) parenting to general life stuff. I even through in some meal ideas and recipes sometimes too!


  1. Over the weekend I cooked a whole load of BBQ meats from Tesco (3 for £10 offer). I now have a batch of leftover marinated chicken and lamb kebabs to have with leftover salad. That’s my tea sorted!

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