I don't know about how it is at your house, but more often than not, I don't do much extensive menu planning unless it is for a special occasion (or if someone has a particular craving, or request!)
Usually I'll just buy what is in season and the freshest at the grocery store or farmer's market then create what will be on the menu. So meal 'planning' is just a matter combining fresh food with staples I generally always have on hand.
The weather has been rather hot, so I use the outdoor grill nearly every day, and usually accompany whatever we're grilling with a salad of some kind. But recently it was even too hot to be outside to grill.
When that happens, salads become the main course ~ and this is the one I came up with, using what was in the kitchen:
Baby spinach, blueberries, blackberries, celery slices and toasted pumpkin seeds . . .
And bacon. :)
Crispy, flavorful Applewood smoked bacon.
The warm, sweet and tangy Bacon Dressing.
I serve it on the side so each person can add their own.
This combination got enthusiastic thumbs up around the table, and that always makes me happy!
Of course, if you want a healthier version ~ you can omit the bacon and serve the salad with a flavorful Blueberry or Blackberry Vinaigrette, that would be delicious as well.
If you would like a printable copy for the warm bacon dressing, you'll find it HERE on my recipe blog.
Thank you for stopping by today! ~ Mari
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