This broccoli confetti salad will jazz up your boring lunch routine! It is simple to make with fresh veggies and grilled chicken.
When I say I am all about simple recipes these days…I mean exactly that. Using whole ingredients that are SIMPLE to prepare. That I can just THROW together for a meal…like confetti.
I couldn’t tell you if this constitutes as an official recipe by the Food Bloggers of America…but really I just need a place to babble my thoughts like Brooklyn on a talkative day. Because whoa—going back to work is crazy. Let’s talk about that for a bit, and I promise I will have some recipes and meal prep tips coming your way next week. 🙂
Maternity leave has been over for a while—I’ve been back at work since July 6. I still remember about 3-4 weeks into it when things were still tough with an unpredictable baby girl, I was craving going back to ‘normal.’ Kyle said to me, “You’re ready to go back to work now and for things to be ‘normal,’ but when the time comes you won’t want to go back.” And he was right about me wanting maternity leave to be juuuust a little bit longer. I knew he would be.
It is weird to go from seeing Brooklyn 24/7, to seeing her for only an hour or so that she’s actually awake. But when you’re living life with a baby, and you choose to (or have to) work full time, that is your new ‘normal.’
Even though I cried the first day we dropped her off at daycare, I’d say I’ve been handling the madness that is now our life it pretty well. AKA letting go of my Type A personality (most of the time). Going back to work can be overwhelming—if you let it be that way. You know how some people talk about a ‘supermom’ (or ‘superdad’) who seems to be able to do it all? And keep it all together? And still look reasonably sane?
I’m telling you, that is impossible. Between work, commuting 2 hours a day, quality time with the hubs, quality time with the child, keeping child alive, chores, finding time to workout and having a much needed social life—and I’m still trying to fit blogging in the mix here somewhere—there is a lot of effing shit to do. There is.not.time to do it all. Unless you don’t sleep, but I don’t really recommend that either. People tend to look sideways at zombies.
I mean, think about it. How could anyone ever ‘do it all’? I gave it a half-ass try my first full week at work. Then I came down to the reality that I’ll have to pick and choose from day to day. Because if appearing to ‘do it all’ means sacrificing time with my loved ones, then I’m not for it. And now, I’m fairly certain we aren’t far from having our closets exist on the living room couch. Because who wants to fold and put away laundry when you could be sipping wine on the patio or going for a walk with the fam? Not me. No one else cares what our house looks like, so why should I? Haha!
I’m trying to find other ways to save time and not feel like I’m running around like a mad woman. We’re still managing to eat healthy, but our meal plans are far from elaborate most days. Hence this ‘recipe.’ In fact, I don’t really do meal plans anymore because they’re pretty much on repeat. Salads, grilled meat, roasted veggies, pureed cauliflower and zoodles to name a few. I think it’s also helping us focus on eating whole foods more often, and being creative with what we have on hand. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that!
So, here we are—looking at broccoli confetti salad, which I came up with because I LOVE chopping broccoli and other toppings up into tiny pieces and putting it on chopped lettuce of choice. Because chopped broccoli is basically like croutons. Without the bread and oil and salt. And it’s healthy, super simple meal you can prep on Sunday. So, now we’re all happy.
Do you wanna know the easiest part? This salad does not come with a DIY dressing. Yea. As much as I love making my own dressings, it’s just not always realistic. Like, I have a kadrillion other things to do. I don’t always have time to make my own dressings, and in reality, if I’m eating healthy and salad dressing is the ‘worst’ food I’ve eaten in a day, I’d call that a success. I trust that you can find reasonably ‘clean’ dressings on your normal grocery trips. My favorites lately are from Sprouts! Like the Raspberry Chia Seed Vinaigrette! Soooo tasty.
Although, if you are that ambitious, you should try this Mexican Ranch. I think it’d be great on this salad!
I hope you enjoy my little lunch ideas that’ll maybe jazz up your salad routine you’ve been in! And, here’s to not ‘doing it all.’ 🙂
- ½ head romaine lettuce
- 1 cup raw broccoli
- 3 mini bell peppers
- ½ carrot
- 2 tabelspoons red onion
- 4 oz grilled chicken breast
- 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
- Take romaine, and chop it into ½" thick pieces. Run knife through the pieces, crossways, to chop into smaller bits. Add to a large bowl.
- Chop broccoli, bell peppers and red onion into ¼" sized pieces. Layer on romaine.
- Chop grilled chicken breast and add to salad.
- Sprinkle on sunflower seeds.
- Drizzle with your favorite salad dressing!