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30 Days, 30 Salads Reboot: Introducing the Home Edition

Friday, March 12, 2010

About that picture. Disconcerting, I know. But I am a HUGE "Alien" fan (and by "fan" i mean, a simultaneously thrilled and terrified consumer), and I am also a fan of a renaissance artist named Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The brilliant digital artist Till Nowak took two of my favorite nerdy loves and combined them into a meta-nerd triumph. That it's basically a salad made me even more ridiculously happy. ˆ_ˆ

Vegetal-nerd-foolery aside, I'm here to say that 30 Day, 30 Salads is back, hopefully for the full course this time. Life got the better of me last round and, while I continued to vigorously document my salads with phone pics and hand-written diary entries, that documentation never made it to the computer screen. I kept putting it off, first because I didn't have time, then because it would take to long to update ALL the entries I'd written offline, etc., etc.

It wasn't long before my fledgling challenge's momentum began to flag. Add to that a tightening budget that couldn't always accommodate pricey downtown salads, and wimpy discipline with preparing salads at home and it all went kablooey. In a word: FAIL.

So, now I'm back by (my own) demand, with a little more energy, some new time-management techniques, and a new approach to 30 Days, 30 Salads.

Ladies and gents, say hello to 30 Days, 30 Salads: Home Edition.

This iteration of 30D30S is building on an idea that I've been tooling around with for almost as long as I've been playing with 30D30S concept. A while back I got hooked on Mark Bittman's column for the New York Times, "The Minimalist." He's a writer I encourage every foody and nutrition-conscious person to follow (his blog, "Bitten," is also a must-read), mainly because he truly nails the idea that cooking at home can be simple, fast, and truly delicious. If you're learning to experiment in the kitchen he's a godsend of no-fuss sensibility, and while not all of his recipes are super-healthy, a little quick thinking and innovation can often make them so.

Last summer I came a cross a terrific list of salads that he posted in an article called "101 Simple Salads for the Season" ( ). It did exactly as the title claimed: there were 101 salads recipes, many so short as to be practically twitter-worthy. From the totally vegan to meat-and-potatoes, Bittman gave you a how-to on making yummy salads using very simple techniques and a minimum of ingredients.

No fuss. No muss. No reason I shouldn't be doing it myself.

So, when I started 30D30S back in January, one of my long term goals was to incorporate many of Bittman's recipes into my daily salad explorations. Aside from the health element that obviously comes from freshly prepared salads (the not-dredged-in-dressing-variet
y, at least) there was also a budget-friendly component that made the idea irresistible to me. After all, it's easy to spend $50 - $70 a week on average lunches around where I work. What could be better than using $25 of that for produce and stashing the rest in savings?

30D30s: Home Edition will be much like the last cycle. I'll include photos, a calorie count (which I'll be culling from the SparkRecipes Recipe Calculator) and some thoughts on what I'm eating. This time around I'll also share the wealth by including a quick recipe, in the chance that one of you guys might want to try a little of what I'm having.

So for those of you who were following me before, I apologize for the unannounced and unintentionally long hiatus. I hope you'll come along for the ride again. I think this one will be even more fun!
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  • DAWN_B
    Looks like I have some catching up to do - what a great idea!
    2927 days ago
    I am glad to see 30D30Salads back. The Home Edition sounds even more intriguing. I am looking forward to this new development.
    emoticon Welcome Back
    2927 days ago
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