It's that time of year again when the gyms are packed and the local salad place has a line out the door. Looking for a way to lighten up your main meal? Serve it over a plate of greens. Whether you're trying to cut back on carbs or pack more veggies into your diet, serving a dish over greens is a simple trick to lighten your diet without sacrificing the meals you love.
My favorite applications of this rule are hot entrees that wilt the greens enough to disguise them into a natural part of the dish. For example, instead of steak fajitas with tortillas, I like to serve the grilled, marinated steak along with all the traditional fixings — shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, stewed black beans — over a bed of greens. The flavor of the meat and the toppings eliminate the need for salad dressing, and the whole thing feels a lot lighter than eating it with tortilla shells.
I've found this works best when the dish has a sauce and lots of flavor. I try to avoid a plain grilled chicken breast served over a salad because, well, it gets boring, right?
Recipe Ideas from The Kitchn to Serve Over Greens:
- Really Juicy Burgers - Serve without the bun, but don't skimp on the cheese, onions, avocado and other toppings.
- Chili Lime Steak Fajitas
- Pan-Roasted Cauliflower and Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce - Serve as is over greens, or replace pasta with grilled chicken, zucchini or eggplant.
- Barbecue Shredded Chicken
- Turkey Meatballs with Homemade Tomato Sauce
What's your favorite dish to serve over greens?