“You are what you eat, so don’t be fast, cheap, easy, or fake.”

Many years ago, when I still believed that I had a chance to have hair like Farrah Fawcett and a face like Elizabeth Taylor, I read an article about Sophia Loren, another ravishing beauty.  Sophia was quoted as saying that her favorite meal was pasta.  Well, I thought, the woman is Italian, born in Rome, so how could she lead me astray.

Looking back, I believe the article was more along the lines of her loving pasta because she’s Italian.  I’m not sure she actually said that she eats it all the time.  But, in my youth, I tried to emulate Sophia and found out that the hair, the face, and the body, did not do too well on a diet of pasta.

More recent articles about Sophia quotes her as saying that she eats mainly salads, a little meat, and sometimes fruit.  OK.  We’re back to the healthy eating.  I can do that.  I especially like the salad part if I don’t get too hung up on ingredients.

Lunch time, for me, is generally salad.  The important thing is to keep my fridge stocked with salad fixings and eat them before they turn on me or simply turn.  Next, a big, beautiful bowl is important.  In a pinch I simply make my favorite dressing.


Equal parts mayo and sour cream with either a few spices or a bit of tomato paste.

The reason I like tomato paste in my dressing is because so many recipes that call for tomato paste only want you to add one tablespoon.  What is a person supposed to do with the rest of the can of tomato paste?

So when lunch time rolls around, take some greens from the jar (are you remembering to store your greens in jars?) and top with bits and pieces from the fridge.  It might look like this.


Your going to feel better, the fridge is lighter, and this is actually good enough to eat!  Thank you, Sophia!

Loveya – The Grandma

Dressings Healthy Habits lo-carb salads

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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