A New Year,a Spicy Salad and a Pantry Challenge

1 Jan

Happy New Year!! 2013 has arrived despite all of the Mayan prophecies and many people are making all of the usual promises to themselves. I don’t know why we feel compelled to make all of these changes on the first day of the year. We could just as easily do it on a Tuesday in the middle of August. Nevertheless, here we are with grand intentions of bettering ourselves by this time next year and I am no different.

Top of the list is the always present “Lose X pounds”. I’m changing this up a little this year. It’s more like ” Get your butt off the couch and exercise 5 days a week. And quit eating like a teenager and drinking like a frat boy.” As my 31st birthday looms ever closer (3 weeks away. eeck!) I’m going to have to accept that I no longer have the metabolism of a perky waitress in a dive bar in Memphis. It’s my last hold-out and it’s days are numbered. I figure if I can stick to this, then the weight will gradually fall away.

My next, and probably easiest, resolution is to get back on the Dave Ramsey wagon. We started back in August and did really great up until December. December was (and always is) an expensive month. We didn’t lose any money but we didn’t save any either. So back on the budget we go and that’s okay with me.

This last one is something that I really didn’t think about until yesterday and it fits right into the budgeting goal. It’s a Pantry Challenge and I came across it over at Good Cheap Eats. Ya’ll…I need this. I have so many random things in my pantry that I really need to use. I don’t want to throw it away, but I am tired of moving them around. I have tons of dried beans, pasta, canned squash, relishes, and pickles. I also have lots of off-the-wall things; rice noodles, fish sauce, canned sardines, and Irish oatmeal (what makes it Irish anyway?). With the gardening season coming up, it’s time to make a little room. Oh! And we bought a side of beef, so I need to make room for that too.

So, this recipe is kind of a combo of all of these things. It’s very healthy and filling and the creamy dressing used quite a bit of ingredients in the fridge and spice cabinet. Hooray for me! The salad is enough for one, but the dressing makes enough for four. It’ll last 3-4 days in the fridge. It would also be great as a dip for grilled chicken or raw veggies.

Happy New Year!!

Check out this recipe on the Shine Supper Club too!

Southwest Salad with Spicy Cilantro Dressing


  • 2 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup kernel corn
  • 1/4 cup black beans
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 oz. sliced grilled chicken breast (I used a Southwest seasoning on mine)
  • Dressing:
  • 1 - 6oz. container 0% plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup minced cilantro
  • 2T mayo
  • 1/4 c fat free half and half
  • 1/2 t dry dill
  • 1/4 t cayenne
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/2 t sugar


  1. In a large bowl combine the salad ingredients and top with the grilled chicken.
  2. Whisk all of the dressing ingredients together in a separate bowl.
  3. Top the salad with 1/4 of the dressing. Serve and enjoy!

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6 Responses to “A New Year,a Spicy Salad and a Pantry Challenge”

  1. Sarah | Shine Food January 3, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    The Texan in me is always a sucker for a salad like this. Yum!

    • jodiemo January 3, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

      Texas has all the best flavors. 🙂

  2. Amity May 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    This salad has been my lunch all week long, and I’m LOVING IT! I added avocado to mine, and I’ve just been eating it with a spicy Ranch, rather than make the cilantro dressing. Thank you for the inspiration!

    • jodiemo May 22, 2013 at 9:41 am #

      Thanks Amity!

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