A Semi-Homemade Lunch Salad

I love to cook, but I also love not cooking. Ha! Does that make any sense? Reminds me of my thoughts on camping... I'm sure I could have a blast camping with the perfect group of friends, perfect weather, nice set-up, and lots of alcohol food, but without all of those in place, I'd rather be cuddled up in a nice hotel somewhere with a down comforter, room service , and champagne... ya feel me!?
So although I love whipping up delicious meals with whole, natural foods, I want it to be ee-zay and low-fuss. I hate dirtying more than 1 pot or pan at a time! That said, I don't want to resort to using processed, junky convenience foods just to keep it fast and easy. So, I subscribe to the "Semi-Homemade" school of thought... thank you Sandra Lee and Food Network for the nice catchphrase, it has a nice ring to it! ;)

Every trip to Whole Foods arms me with goodies for semi-homemade meals. On my latest trip, I hit up the salad bar for some salad items that I would rather buy than make myself....
Teriyaki tofu and shelled edamame.... YUMMMMMM! The tofu is SO freakin' delicious! I wish I had bought more. I will definitely be stocking up on this from now on when I make it to WF. Before going vegan, I would have opted to get some chicken for salad protein, but this is BETTER. Seriously.

I also picked up some super sprouts from the produce section:

Add them all to chopped romaine and baby spinach, throw in chopped roma tomato, and voila! An incredibly speedy and tasty vegan salad!

Please excuse my fine china, I take my lunch to work everyday. ;)

This tofu has definitely inspired me to try and start cooking with it more often! I will keep taking advantage of Whole Foods' chefs by buying their tofu off the salad bar, but I also want to try pressing and flavoring some on my own. Averie over at Love Veggies and Yoga has some awesome-looking tofu recipes that I will start trying as soon as I get my hands on a tofu press.... Christmas present, maybe!?

Do you love tofu as much as I do!? What are your tips for semi-homemade salads?

1 comment:

  1. I, too, love tofu. My boyfriend and I were just talking the other night about how much we both love the stuff!

    Have you ever bought shelled edamame in the frozen foods section? I've found bags at a couple of places, and it's probably cheaper than buying them from the salad bar?