Thursday, July 1, 2010

Amazing Glazing

I'm a cheater.  No, I don't copy off other people's tests, lie about my age, or have clandestine affairs behind my husband's back (although, if you are reading this, Mark Ruffalo, for you I will make an exception). What I mean is, I act like I'm this fancy cook who spends all my days bedecked in aprons and oven mitts, and can think of no better way to spend my time than whipping up pie crusts from scratch, but in reality, when I cook, I like to find the easiest recipes, and use every shortcut I can.  Some of my favorite things are pre-shredded cheese, frozen puff pastry,  and limeade concentrate. I figure if I sprinkled it, stirred it or put it in the oven, I still get to say I "made" it.  And also, I try to stick to a very healthy diet (and am mostly successful at it) but I will always cheat on a health regimen for something delicious.  I can't help it- life is too short to pass up deliciousness.

So what's my dream come true? When Amber, who is a frequent Charmed Wife Contributor  (and is also a "Charmed Friend Since Preschool", and a "Charmed Bridesmaid in My Wedding") sends me a text message photo of the most incredible looking salad made with a secret cheater ingredient: Balsamic Glaze. It's a sweet, tangy, sauce that you can drizzle over salad, meat, veggies, or fish to add a tasty layer of flavor.  It's healthy, it's easy, and it's freaking delicious, and it's available at almost every grocery store.  Now that's something I can be faithful to.

Amber's Healthy Salad with Balsamic Glaze
Combine in a bowl:
Mixes baby greens
Shelled walnuts
Crumbled Goat Cheese
Strawberries (If you want to be fancy)

Drizzle with:
Flax Seed or Olive Oil
Balsamic Glaze

Yum yum yum.

Photos are from Amber. Yeah, I even cheated on writing this post. So sue me.

1 comment:

Karin said...

Love your blog - I find it interesting and I like your sense of humour. I've been reading for quite a while but I think this is my first comment.

Can you get the flavoured Balsamic Glaze over there? Here (Australia) there were (last summer, not sure if still available) strawberry, orange and apple varieties that were so yummy on salads and meats. The flavour is not strong but more just mildly infused. The orange was the best but the others were nice too.