Today was the monthly Potluck at church.
I am so lucky that every one, and I mean every one loves the dish I bring. I am luckier still that it is a salad! I make a 7 layer salad (Connecticut style). It is my signature dish. People look for it, and are sad if I do not bring it. It is also one of the easiest things for me to make. I doctored the recipe a little today as I used Romaine lettuce instead of iceberg, and used way less cooked bacon on top.
Easy recipe for 7 layer salad Connecticut Style
Break up lettuce in bottom of clear bowl (so people can see the layers). Top that with about half a cup of celery chopped, and about 1/2 - 3/4 cup of frozen petite peas sprinkled on top. Next layer, miracle whip light, followed by low fat sour cream. These two items make a layer about 1/2 inch - 3/4 inch thick. Top with grated low fat cheddar cheese, and crumble a few strips of crispy bacon on top.
Dessert - I bought a pan of brownies at the library's book and bake sale (supporting a good cause in the process.) This let me not be tempted by the warm tantalizing smell of cooking brownies. I ate 1, as I allow myself 1 dessert per week.
I survived the potluck because I avoided the pasta, and filled my plate with veggies, salad, pineapple, and fruit salad, with a tiny piece of roast beef, and barely a square inch of meat loaf. I avoided the coffee, and drank water.
My son and daughter-in-law came to church with their baby, and I spent a lot of time holding him, and feeding him. It is amazing how making a baby smile can take your brain and stomach off the sweets!
Note about photo: The picture is actually of a pizza my husband made several months ago, not the salad. Every time I think about taking its picture, the salad is gone!