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Healthy Cobb Salad

Recipe: Anne-Marie Nichols’ Classic Cobb Salad
Recipe prepared by: Anne-Marie Nichols, Photo taken by: Anne-Marie Nichols

There’s nothing healthier than a chopped salad that uses lots of vegetables and lean proteins. Unfortunately, the Classic Cobb Salad means well but really is a dietary nightmare. The dish is over the top as it contains three kinds of protein – ham, turkey and egg whites. Six kinds of fat – blue cheese, egg yolks, bacon, avocado, olives and salad dressing (three of them contain saturated fat!) And the only greens are some ice burg or Romaine lettuce and maybe a few cucumber slices.

But I have an alternative that is yummy, healthy and fresh! Inspired by Rachael Ray’s FreshOver Recipe Guide on the Ziploc Facebook page, I “healthed up” the Classic Cobb Salad by using lean proteins like roast turkey or chicken breast or in this case, diced leftover pork sirloin as my kids aren’t big turkey fans and my son, Nathan, hates chicken.

I further “FreshedOver” the recipe by using just egg whites instead of the whole hardboiled egg. I kept the olives, which are healthy, but made sure to use olives packed in brine, not oil. I used reduced fat feta and added more vegetables – cucumbers, a celery/fennel mix, and tomatoes. I eliminated the avocado altogether because even though they’re good for you, they’re high in calories and fat.

Cobb Salads are a great way to use up leftover meats and veggies, so experiment and see what you can add!

Ziploc containers make salad prep easy

A Cobb Salad requires a lot of cutting and chopping of meat and vegetables. Plus you have to hard boil, peel and chop the eggs! However, once you have this recipe prepped, it takes no time at all to serve. So what I did was prep my ingredients the day before and store them in Ziploc VersaGlass Containers in the refrigerator to put together right before dinner time.

What’s so nice about the Ziploc VersaGlass Containers is that they’re attractive enough to use as serving dishes. So instead of preparing a Cobb Salad like I did, you could use them to make a salad bar so everyone could custom-make their own Cobb Salads.

You could also do the same thing in the morning when preparing lunches to take to school or work. Give everyone a Ziploc Brand Twist ’n Loc Container or Ziploc Brand Containers with the Smart Snap Seal and have everyone prepare their own lunchtime salad to go. (Put dressing in extra small Ziploc Brand Containers with the Smart Snap Seal so your lettuce doesn’t get soggy.)

The morning after I made my healthier Cobb Salad, I found my kids making salads for their school lunches with the chopped vegetables and lettuce that were leftover in the Ziploc Brand Containers! “Look Mom, we’re making healthy lunches,” they told me. I’m so proud!

Cobb Salad prep

Recipe: Anne-Marie Nichols’ Classic Cobb Salad
Recipe prepared by: Anne-Marie Nichols, Photo taken by: Anne-Marie Nichols

A Healthier Cobb Salad

Based on Quick Cobb Salad with Yogurt Dressing from MyRecipes.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 (5 ounce) container of baby spring mix lettuce
  • 2 cups cooked skinless chicken, roast turkey or leftover pork roast
  • 4 ounces of reduced fat feta cheese, crumbles
  • 4 eggs, hardboiled and peeled
  • 1 6 ounce can of pitted black olives, sliced
  • 1 cup fennel, finely chopped
  • 1 cup celery, fined chopped
  • 4 vine ripened tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cucumber, seeded and diced
  • your favorite low fat, low calorie salad dressing (bottled or homemade)

Directions:

  1. Cut hardboiled eggs in half. Remove and toss yolks. Chop eggs whites and set aside.
  2. Combine chopped fennel and celery in a bowl or Ziploc container and set aside.
  3. Place lettuce on a serving platter. On top of lettuce, arrange meat, feta cheese, egg whites, olives, meat, tomatoes, and cucumber in rows.
  4. Serve salad dressing on the side.

This Mama’s Tips

  • Double or triple the recipe so you have plenty of leftovers for the week’s lunches and as side salads at dinner.
  • I like to make additional amounts of the fennel/celery mix. Combine it with hummus, Greek yogurt and seasonings, or a low fat cheese spread and use it in sandwiches, wraps or in pita pockets as a crunchy sandwich spread.
  • A quick and easy salad dressing is an olive oil vinaigrette. Add two parts of your favorite vinegar (I like balsamic or malt) to one part extra virgin olive oil. Add Italian or garden seasoning and some dried onion or garlic. Shake to combine.
  • If you like creamy dressings but don’t like the fat or can’t eat dairy products, check out my salad dressing recipes using tofu and more salad dressings that use tofu posts.

Fresh Over with Rachael RayRachael Ray and Ziploc Brand have been so inspiring on my FreshOver journey.
Want a chance to meet Rachael and swap recipes? Find out how on the Ziploc Facebook page!

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How to enter to win a Ziploc FreshOver Prize Pack (value $75):

Giveaway closed. Congrats to Carol J.!

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Enter to win a Ziploc VersaGlass Container gift pack and try out this low-fat lasagna recipe!

Ziploc Versaglass containers for lasagna

A few weeks ago, Ziploc and I hosted a fun-filled cooking lesson and dinner at the Cook Street School of Culinary Arts in Denver for a group of local bloggers. We cooked up a fabulous Italian meal where we made risotto, pommes dauphinoise, and tiramisu. Everyone had a great time cooking, chatting and enjoying the meal afterwards. A special thanks to everyone at Cook Street who made our time there so wonderful, too!

Here's a slide show of the Ziploc Versaglass event:

Getting inspired!

I love Italian food, so our time at Cook Street inspired me to make a low-fat lasagna dish. I used two large square Ziploc VersaGlass Containers to cook and freeze some lasagna. This size is perfect if you need to make a smaller batch of a meal for family members with dietary restrictions or food sensitivities. This also works great for storing a small portion of lasagna to prep ahead and freeze for those nights when you are too busy to cook. Just wait for the dish to cool and snap on the lid to store in the refrigerator. Then when you’re ready to warm the lasagna (after defrosting it), remove the lid and zap it in the microwave.

Check out Ziploc.com for the recipe if you’d like to create this delicious dish on your own. The Ziploc site also has tons of healthy recipes for you and your family and you can sort by course, cuisine and main ingredients. Enjoy!

Win a Ziploc Versaglass gift pack

At the Ziploc event, each of the bloggers received a cool gift pack to take home. Ziploc is providing one Ziploc VersaGlass Container gift pack to give away here at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet, too! All you have to do is share your favorite recipe you plan to serve with Ziploc VersaGlass Containers. The winner will be chosen using Random.org.

The Ziploc Versaglass gift pack (valued at approximately $34) contains:

  • Two Ziploc VersaGlass Containers: one small AND one medium (you’ll get two total)
  • Recipe Cards: Double-sided and lined recipe cards to provide ample room for ingredients and instructions for recording and sharing family recipes
  • Microplane Grate 'n Shake: Stainless steel grater to shred, shake and store spices quickly and easily
  • Flexible Chopping Mat: Flexible color-coded chopping mats designated for different types of food to prevent cross contamination; vegetables, breads, meats and more never touch the same surface accidentally
  • Flex-It Measuring Cups: Measuring cups with textured exteriors for a secure grip on countertops and the flexibility to form spouts anywhere on the flexible rims

I can definitely use these items to help me plan and organize more when it comes to preparing meals in the kitchen. What are some items that you cannot live without to help you organize and plan your meals?

Be sure to spend some time on the Ziploc Facebook Fan Page as they have great tips, coupons and recipes. In fact, share your organizational and meal preparation tips there, too!

Here’s how to enter:

Share your favorite recipe you plan to serve with Ziploc VersaGlass Containers below along with your name, email address, and blog URL (if you have one) in the comments below.

For additional entries, you can:

  1. Sign up for This Mama Cooks! Review’s RSS feed for ONE additional entry.
  2. Sign up for my enewsletter for ONE additional entry.
  3. Spread the word about this giveaway by submitting a link to this post on Twitter for ONE additional entry. You must leave your Twitter username in your comment so I can check.

If you have done any of these activities you MUST come back here and leave a comment telling me what you did. I’ll be checking!

Maximum amount of entries at This Mama Cooks! is FOUR. You have until midnight MT on June 3, 2011 to enter. ONE winner will be chosen at random via Random.org. You must be willing to send me your full name, mailing address and phone number so I can forward that information to Ziploc so they can mail out your gift pack. Open to U.S. Residents. Ziploc is providing one This Mama Cooks! On a Diet! reader with VersaGlass products (two products total). Void where prohibited by law. By submitting your name and email address, you agree to receive relevant promotional emails and contest follow up communications from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet in compliance with my privacy policy and giveaway rules.

I’ll announce the winners on this blog. I will not share your mailing info with the public, just your name. If you have a blog, I’ll link back to it when I announce the winners.

Giveaway closed. Congrats to Jane V.!

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Disclosure: Ziploc is providing one This Mama Cooks! On a Diet reader with a Ziploc VersaGlass Container gift pack. This post is sponsored by Ziploc®, but my review and opinions are my own.

Ziploc® VersaGlass™ Containers, the cooking, serving and storing all-in-one solution

Ziploc VersaGlass Containers

In the kitchen, I like to use items that are durable and can withstand the test of time, like glassware for storage. Since I purposely cook large quantities of food, I always have leftovers. When I put food away in glassware, I use aluminum foil to cover the top. Inevitably, the wrapping falls off and I end up with dried up leftovers and spills on my refrigerator shelf. Blech!

I also like to set a nice table and adore containers that I can heat in as well as serve from. But I hate having extra dishes to wash.

So what’s a mom who loves to cook to do?

Ziploc VersaGlass Containers - my solution!

Ziploc, the food and home storage solution families trust, has come up with a solution - Ziploc VersaGlass Containers! They’re designed to go from the refrigerator or freezer to the microwave or oven and are pretty enough to use at the dinner table.

Ziploc VersaGlass Containers are made from tempered glass (50 percent stronger than non-tempered glass) and can take oven temperatures up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

They’re perfect for roasting small amounts of veggies or heating up casseroles and lasagna! After your dish cools down, just snap on their colorful, see-through plastic lids to keep food fresh in the refrigerator or to pop in the freezer to reheat later.

They’re also dishwasher-safe and available in six budget-friendly sizes, ranging from $4.19 - $8.99, or in a variety pack of three containers for $17.99.

How I use Ziploc VersaGlass Containers

I recently cooked flavored rice in the medium rectangle container, which holds 5 1/2 cups, in the oven. After it was done, I waited for the dish to cool down enough to handle and then I snapped on the lid and popped it into the fridge. Easy and no messing around with a tangle of foil! I can then reheat the rice in the microwave and serve straight from the container.

The round containers are as practical as they are adorable. I could see making a seven-layer dip or a mini-trifle in the tall round, which holds 3 cups. The small round containers are perfect for bringing homemade salad dressing to the table or for storing small amounts of leftovers, such as gravy.

The larger Ziploc VersaGlass Containers are perfect for anyone who does once-a-month cooking or freezer meals. The containers also come in a small rectangle size (2 cups) and a medium square size (4 cups).

Want to try out these containers for yourself? You can purchase them in-store at major retailers nationwide, such as Walmart and Kroger. You can also purchase them on their website at Ziploc.com. While you’re online, feel free to check out and join the Ziploc community on Facebook at facebook.com/ziploc to learn more about VersaGlass Containers and share or receive healthy recipes and tips.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc, but my review and opinions are my own.