Salad Days (Baby Lettuces with Grilled Portabella Mushrooms)

by on September 11, 2006
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Salad with Grilled Portabella Mushrooms

You’ve probably heard of the “Freshman Ten”–the 10 pounds that many freshmen seem to gain that first year of college. Well, I’m here today to report to you a new phenomenon: The Blogging Ten. I believe that blogging can actually cause you to gain weight, particularly if you are writing and reading about food.

Think about it. All the hours spent sitting at the keyboard rather than exercising. All the experimenting with recipes just to get them right before you blog about them. All the images of luscious foods on other people’s blogs–images that invariably assault you in the form of cravings for dessert just around bedtime.

Or maybe that’s just me. Whether it’s an epidemic or just an isolated case, I’ve definitely caught the Blogging Ten. And now I’m determined to get rid of it.

So you can expect to see fewer photos of cheesecake here and more fresh fruits, vegetables, and salad, lots of salad. This week I plan to feature a different green salad every day. That will tax my creativity a little because I usually fall into a rut of only two types of green salad. So I’m open to suggestions. Drop me a comment describing your favorite salad combination. Remember, I’m going for vegetable-based salads, so tempting me with pasta salad would just be too cruel!

Here’s the salad of the day, my new favorite:



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1 Elizabeth January 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Wonderful salad!! I didn’t have chickpeas this time around and added craisons. I used the marinade as the dressing. Thanks!!


2 David September 3, 2012 at 8:21 am

Susan, I searched this morning for a fat-free grilled portabella recipe to make tonight, and I was excited to see a recipe on your blog as the first result, because I knew it would be good! And I had to laugh about your “freshman ten” comment–I lost 21 pounds when I started Eat to Live, but I’ve put 6 back on in the last few months while making too many delicious vegan but still higher-calorie recipes and testing out recipes for my own blog. It’s so true! Back to salads and veggies!

Keep up the great work. I love your recipes–your blog is one of my favorites!


3 Mari k January 7, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Made the Asian style version you suggest. Soooooooo good!!!


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