It's so funny - every year around this time I feel like I need to detox. I feel inspired to deep-clean my house, throw "stuff" away, eat healthier, and just generally "get it together". I am discovering more and more that my moods are determined by sunshine. I've also discovered that while I love meat, sometimes my body just needs a break. My skin and hair pay the price when I'm eating an especially fattening diet. It's been about a week since I've had meat and I can say that I feel great. I have tons of energy, and it's a nice change. I'll probably go back to meat next week, but for now I'm reveling in the novelty (and not needing deodorant - isn't that weird?).
I've been trying some new recipes and the sandwiches we had last night were a winner! Even Emma, who hates tomatoes and cucumbers (but wishes she liked them), said, "this is pretty good".
Basically, it's a pocketless pita that we stuffed with tabbouleh, chopped lettuce, and the world's best salad dressing.
If you do nothing else, you must try this salad dressing recipe. It's a riff on the Olive Garden salad dressing recipe. I have been to the Olive Garden maybe once in twelve years, but I do remember the salad and breadsticks - remember when the breadsticks were coated with butter, garlic and cheese? yum. Anyway, trust me when I tell you that you will love this dressing recipe. It keeps really well - I usually make a batch and we use it for a few weeks until it's gone.
But, back to the sandwich. A couple things: it's very messy. It's also delicious, and you could totally include ground lamb, grilled chicken, or even shrimp if you wanted to. The crunch of the lettuce and cucumbers mix well with the pillowy softness of the pita and the creamy dressing drips down your hand in the best way possible.