Friday, October 26, 2012

Food or Romance: Third Date Salad

A recent USA Today/ survey indicated that two in five women would prefer to give up sex than their favorite food for a year! (There's more to the story, but if you don't already know what it is, it would be indiscreet for me to tell you.) At least part of the answer, though, is the fact that although these women may have had sex, I'm pretty sure they haven't had . . . sex.

Still, the takeaway here, for all of my single brothers out there, it would no be a bad idea to learn your way around a kitchen. Let me help you.

Third Date Fruity Nutty Salad with Sautéed Vegetable Lamb Chops

                                    1 head iceberg lettuce
                                    2 carrots, sliced
                                    1 tomato, sliced
                                    ½ cucumber, sliced
                                    ½ cup mushrooms, sliced
                                    ¼ cup dried cranberries
                                    ¼ cup raw cashews
                                    ¼ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
                                    2 lamb chops
                                    1 green pepper, sliced
                                    1 yellow pepper, sliced
                                    1 green pepper, sliced
                                    1 onion, sliced
                                    2 cloves garlic, crushed
                                    1 tablespoon olive oil
                                    ½ teaspoon salt
                                    ¼ teaspoon pepper

Food or Romance? Why not both?
Remove outer leaf and stem from lettuce, hand shred in a colander and rinse. Toss with carrots, cucumber, mushrooms, cranberries, cashews, and shredded cheese. Dress with favorite vinaigrette. Heat a large frying pan to medium or medium-high. Add olive oil, lamb chops, peppers, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. While regularly stirring the vegetables, cook lamb 4 – 8 minutes on each side, considering preferences for meat temperature. Enjoy with a bottle of wine with an interesting adult when there’s no one else in the house.

Third Date Fruity Nutty Salad with Sautéed Vegetable Lamb Chops, along with 25 other simple, healthy recipes that even a single father can make, is featured in The Single Father's Guide to Life, Cooking, and Baseball. This isn't brain surgery.


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