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It’s so warm and humid this time of year, some days the last thing that I want to do is crank up the oven or even heat up the stove! Especially if I’ve had an evening run, I want a evening meal that is light and fresh, but at the same time PACKED with flavor. While I’m making efforts to be healthier and make better food choices, I don’t want to sacrifice flavor – I love food wayyyy to much to do that! I do a LOT of my shopping at Wegman’s, especially during the summer, because they have one of the largest selections of organic and locally grown vegetables of all the stores in my area. As I was checking out their organic section, I found the entire line of Organic Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Salads!
They all looked amazing, but I wanted to try the Organic Cranberry Walnut Ready Pac Bistro Salad – I love the tangy punch that cranberries give to a salad!
These salads are amazing by themselves- they are definitely going to make it into my lunch rotation! They come with everything you need (including a fork) and these salads are ANYTHING but boring…mine came with cranberries, walnuts, sliced almonds, feta cheese, and a raspberry vinaigrette! YUM!!!!
But after a run, I’m usually pretty hungry so I like to have something light to go along with my salad, so I whipped up some grilled Mango Flatbreads. These are SO packed with flavor and are soooo simple to make, especially if you cheat like I do and grab pre-prepped ingredients from Wegman’s! Instead of chopping my own onions, I pick up the prechopped onions to have in the fridge all week – they make easy garnishes with NO prep! I also grab a pre-made Balsamic reduction, and pre-sliced mango (Wegman’s is the BEST!) but if you don’t mind spending the time you can make all of these things yourself.
This is so easy to make on your grill – start by preheating on medium heat. I use a grill pan, as this makes it easier for me to recover my ingredients if they roll off! Lightly grill your flatbreads for about 1 minute on each side, and then top with about a teaspoon of onions – don’t overdo it because you aren’t caramelizing these so if you add to many your will have onion flatbreads! Then, top with a nice amount (3-4 heaping tablespoons) of soft, crumbled goat cheese (Wegman’s sells this precrumbled as well!). Keep grilling until the cheese is substantially softened and warmed – it shouldn’t melt all the way. Then, top with a few chunks of ripe mango, and continue grilling.
Meanwhile, in a separate grilling pan, start head some baby spinach until it is lightly wilted.
Once your spinach is wilted, top your flatbreads, and you are basically done – time to take them off the grill!
When you get inside, drizzle with a little bit of balsamic reduction, and you are done!! I can make these in about 15 minutes, and you will be astonished how flavorful and yummy these are without being too heavy – they are PERFECT for Meatless Mondays! And they paired PERFECTLY with my Organic Cranberry Walnut Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Salad!
There are so many types of Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Salads that you can try, so you are sure to find one that suits your taste!
- Chicken Caesar
- Turkey and Bacon Cobb
- Spinach Dijon
- Cranberry Walnut
- Chopped Kickin’ BBQ
- Chopped Kale Apple Veggie
- Chopped Italian Style
- Chopped Greek Feta (NEW!)
- Santa Fe Style
- Organic Caesar with Chicken
- Organic Spinach with Chicken
- Organic Southwest
- Organic Cranberry Walnu