It's at that temperature my brain fries and all I can think is "I don't want to cook."
So I sent a plea out to my friends who had a bunch of suggestions:
Ice cream sundaes have all the food groups. Right?
Fruit at least has vitamins and fiber. That's good.
And salad, lots of salad suggestions from my friends. Chicken salad, waldorf salad, green salad, fruit salad.
Salad is for goats, rabbits and other animals not closely related to humans.
Necessity is the mother of invention. And believe me, I had to put on my thinking cap. I had to make a salad a man would eat. And that means meat, not just protein, real true protein from animals hunted with a spear.
I jest. What it really means is:
Men love bacon. My grandson ate a whole rasher of bacon in one sitting and he's five years old. And true be told, I love bacon too. Put bacon on anything and men will cheer. Seriously, it's why I keep a jar of bacon grease to dab behind my ears.
Spinning off the bacon idea, a friend suggested meat and cheese platters made a good summer meal. Cincinnati Chili popped in my head and how it can be two way, three way and four way by adding different ingredients. Yes, because that is how my brain works. It's all over the place. Julie's Three Way Man Salad hit me.
Here's the Man Salad ingredients: Meat plus cheese plus bacon on greens/veggies. That's it.
Need additional inspiration? You can go around the world with Man Salad:
Option #1, Swiss Style: Turkey plus Gruyere plus Applewood bacon on spring greens.
Option #2, Italian Style: Salami plus mozzarella plus pancetta (Italian bacon) on spinach and tomato.
Option #3, American Style: Ham or grilled chicken plus cheddar plus turkey bacon on iceberg.
Option #4, French Style: Rare roast beef plus blue cheese plus lardon (thick bacon chunks) on arugula.
Option #5, Southwest Style: Think taco salad!!!!!
The possibilities are endless. You can also add hard-boiled eggs and a cold roasted veggie to really dress it up and add a few more carbs a la Cobb salad.
|Notice the difference in bowl sizes. Man-sized serving, dieting woman-sized serving.|
Important Tip: Put your man's salad in a BIG bowl. He does need more because, you know, he's a guy. Cheat by putting in more lettuce underneath. He'll never know.
Even more important tip: Don't call it Man Salad to your guy's face. Call it Meat with Extras and he'll be fine.
Bonus tip: ice cream for dessert is always a good thing.
So, have you ever made "Man Salad"? What ingredients would you put together to make a salad your man would eat? What is your favorite hot summer night dinner?