I’ll be honest with you, when it comes to doing my grocery shopping at Kroger frustration is the key word that accurately describes my shopping experience. Forget that the clerks are always less than cheerful at checkout, the fact I have to go to THREE separate stores of the same grocery chain to get everything I need is infuriating. And then there’s the joke of the century when it comes to their “fuel perks,” but don’t even get me started with that.
Often times I find myself preparing to cook dinner and not having what I need. At the end of the day the last thing I want to do is fight the Kroger madness. With such a dilemma, I end up taking inventory of what food we have in the house and conjuring up new dinner creations. Last week we hit rock bottom with variety of food left, so I had to get very creative. There was a head of lettuce that needed to be used and some leftover red onion, so a salad dinner was going to be.
Then I started wondering what else could go in the salad to make it extra delicious. Scrounging through a sea of half empty salad dressing bottles, the instant I saw the green goddess variety and decided my favorite Harry & Izzy’s salad, whose house dressing is green goddess, would be my inspiration.
Much to my horror, after looking over the H&I menu, my favorite salad wasn’t listed with the others. With no menu of ingredients to reference, I had to use memory to remember what made the guts of the salad. The standout ingredient I recalled was peanuts. I dug through our embarrassingly unorganized pantry and luckily found a bag of peanuts, which I promptly un-shelled and chopped.
Peanuts and dressing in the bowl, I found a wedge of sharp cheddar hiding behind a bag of grapes which made the perfect finishing touch to an easy salad. I tossed it all together and voila, a delicious dinner was ready. Knowing the salad wouldn’t be enough, I took the last two chicken tenders from the fridge, marinated them in teriyaki sauce and threw them on the grill with some fresh pineapple slices.
Such a delicious dinner, using things I already had in the house and it was prepared in twenty minutes. Take that, Kroger. There’s no getting me in the store for one ingredient and spending forty dollars this week.
In Your Fridge Salad
1/2 head Iceberg Lettuce
1/2 Red Onion, chopped
1/2c. Peanuts, chopped
1/2c. Sharp Cheddar, shredded
2 tbsp. Green Goddess Salad Dressing
Chop the lettuce and put into salad bowl. Mix in red onion, peanuts and dressing. Sprinkle in cheese and toss until ingredients are well blended.