I didn’t do any grocery shopping this week because A) we were out of town all last weekend when I would normally do most of my shopping for the week, and B) we leave for vacation TOMORROW (!!!!!) and I didn’t want to be left with food that would go bad while we were away.
This resulted in a lot of eating out this week. Even though I saved grocery shopping money, we all know eating out can get expensive. I scrapped together what I already had at home as much as I could, but was still left needing some fresh produce in my life. Seriously, all I have left in my cabinets are boxed mac and cheese, peanut butter, and cake mix. Oh yeah, and sprinkles.
I normally pack my lunch on work days, so I didn’t feel too guilty having to eat out a few days this week since it was such a rare occasion. I stuck to a few trusted places like Moe’s, Subway and Whole Foods, but I managed to try something different too.
After all of that bread talk last week, I was easily convinced to get myself back to Great Harvest Bread just like the good ole days.
I was in the mood for a big salad and remembered seeing a few on their menu when I last checked, although I had never looked too closely. There were only three options, but the Harvest Medley Salad sounded perfect.
It was made up of candied pecans, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and parmesan cheese over a bed of chopped romaine. Right up my ally! The dressing options were fairly limited, so balsamic vinaigrette would have to do.
This salad was SO good. See that? “So” in all caps? Yes. I’m emphasizing that word. And do you see how big it was? Maybe you can’t tell from the picture, but it was ginormous. I ate about half for lunch and proceeded to have the second half for dinner. Which really couldn’t have been more perfect, because I was able to eat a healthy dinner without having to spend more money on eating out!
My “dessert” was this thick slice of cinnamon chip bread spread with a little cinnamon butter. It was so soft and delicious. I loved every last bite.
I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to try lunch from Great Harvest. I already knew how great the bread was, but the salad won my heart for good.
I need to get back on track with packing lunches when I get back from vacation, but maybe I can afford to splurge a little more often for a lunch like this.