How to Throw a Salad Bar Party Idea’s

Salads are great any time of year but in Florida during those hot, humid summer days, they are absolutely refreshing. A salad bar at a Party offers so many great options and can also cover those who are looking for lower fat intake, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, diabetic or simply wanting to fit into their bathing suits and watching their weight. You can include a variety of fruits, vegetable and proteins and have a beautiful, colorful good for you salad bar enjoyed by all.

Start with the base of the salad, the Lettuce.  It is easier to pick great lettuce these days at your local grocery store with many options that are already washed and ready to go.  Have a separate plate or bowl for each one.

You could offer a variety of three types and let your guests mix and match or just choose to have one.

Romaine – Crisp and has high nutrition value
Radicchio – a bit bitter and has a lovely marble red and white color
Arugula (nickname rocket) has a light peppery flavor.
Spring Greens Mix – a variety of flavors and color and you could easily add fresh kale or spinach to liven it up even more.

Fresh Herbs like Basil, Cilantro, Thyme, Parsley gives your lettuces a boost of flavor. You can tear the leaves of each and have available to add to the lettuce or top a salad.

Toppings

This is the fun part of the salad, adding more flavor. Be creative and offer a good number of toppings like veggies, fruits, nuts, cheeses, legumes and proteins.

Here are some ideas:

Vegetables

Choose at least five vegetables.

Cherry Tomatoes – (officially a fruit) cut them in half to make it easier to eat. No one like to chase that round tomato around their plate.
Cucumber – slice thin or cube
Mushrooms – White button or Cremini there are lots of varieties to choose from
Radish’s – It may be a bit strong with the peppery flavor for some guest, so slice them very thin
Scallions/Green Onions – Both the white and green parts are delicious
Red Onions – Offer great flavor and color, slice thin
Carrots – Adds a bit of sweetness to the salad. Slice thin
Zucchini – Slice in rounds or cubes
Broccoli – loaded with vitamins and adds crunch. Cut into small trees for easy eating
Bell Peppers – Red, Yellow, Orange or Green offers great color and taste. Slice thin or cube them.
Shredded Cabbage – Adds crunch, flavor and color. Choose green or purple
Jicama – Has a sweet and nutty flavor and adds crunch and fiber
Fennel – Has a Licorice flavor and crunch

Fruits

Choose at least three fruits.

Apples – adds sweetness and many to choose from. Cut into bite size pieces or slice thin
Pears – adds sweetness and fiber. Slice thin
Strawberries – Wash the day you are going to use them. Cut off the leaves and slice thin
Pineapple – Adds citrus and vitamin C. Cut into cubes
Mango – Sweet and healthy. Slice up or cut into cubes
Watermelon – sweet and juicy they will add great flavor to any salad. Cut into small cubes

Cheese
Mozzarella – shredded or small pearl mozzarella
Parmesan – Makes a great nutty flavor topping. Slice thin
Feta – Greek Cheese that has a mild bite
Goat Cheese – Made from goats’ milk and has a tangy flavor

Proteins

Choose at least three proteins.

Adding a variety of proteins like beans, meats and vegetable-based proteins allows you to cater to everyone.
Chicken – Boneless, skinless, grilled or broiled will go well as a topping to your salad bar. You can also buy already cooked chicken in the freezer isle of the grocery store. Heat per instructions.
Roast beef – For an easy way to add this topping, visit your local deli and have them slice it for you.
Ham – You could purchase a cut of ham from the deli and cut into cubes’
Bacon – Cooked crisp and crumbled makes a delicious topping.
Black Beans – Are popular with rice, salsa and make a great topping for protein in a salad
Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans – Add a nutty flavor
Cannellini Beans – Soft and creamy bean with a light flavor
Tempeh – Soybean product that is high in protein. Comes in different flavors. You could try the maple bacon tempeh for a substitute for a bacon topping.
Tofu – Soybean product that is made from soybeans, high in protein.

Nuts
Nuts add crunch and flavor. Buy them in a variety, flavored or raw.
Walnuts
Pecans
Sunflower Seeds
Cashews

Dressings – Sweet, sour, salty, cheesy, fat free and oil and vinegar are a great variety. Put the dressings into bowls with ladles so your guest can pour the dressing over their salad easily.

Extra’s
Croutons – Plain and flavored
Bread – A good crusty bread or rolls
Crackers – Offer a variety, saltines, Ritz or a gourmet cracker

Set up your Salad Bar with Plates, Silverware, Napkins at the beginning of the bar. Have all the food in separate dishes starting with lettuces, toppings, fruits, proteins, cheeses and then nuts.  For each one have spoons, forks, tongs or what is easy to use for them to get the food to their plate.

Have bowls with ice under the bowls of food to keep it cold longer (no one like wilted lettuce…) and keeps it from spoiling.

Keep spare lettuce in the refrigerator and replace as needed as well as toppings that need that attention.

 

Enjoy :}

 

 

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Important Motorcycle Safety and Insurance Tips

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Whether you are driving or a passenger on a motorcycle, there is something very special about hitting the open road on a beautiful day and taking in the sights. You must have insurance to drive a motorcycle, but what type is required?

Property damage and bodily injury liability insurance is required and a minimum of $10,000 in medical insurance.

Without motorcycle insurance, you risk penalties such as,

Loss of License

Loss of Tag/Registration

Restitution for any damages you may cause in an accident

Three years of high risk SR22 mandatory liability insurance coverage

Not only are we talking high risk, but we are also talking higher amounts of money coming out of your pocket.

Your Medical expenses

Damage to your motorcycle

Loss of income due to injury

when all this could be avoided.

Let’s face it, you are taking a risk every time you get on a motorcycle. When an accident occurs, what is said from the other party’s involved in many causes is “I did not see them”, where did that motorcycle come from”? Rule of thumb. If you are driving a motorcycle, you need be on the lookout, don’t expect the other people on the road to look out for you.

In effect as of July 1, 2008 all first-time motorcycle license applicants must complete a Basic Riders Course to obtain their motorcycle endorsement.

Knowledge of your motorcycle, safety, and the rules of surviving on a motorcycle give you that much more of an edge. Bundle that with Insurance for protection in case anything happens and you can be riding with more comfort.

As much as people concentrate on the injuries, there is another form of insurance to consider when owning a motorcycle.

Theft Insurance

One of the biggest rackets out there is stealing motorcycles to strip them down and sell the parts.

Protect your investment and make you motorcycle less appealing to be stolen.

Lock it Up!

There are a large range of ways to lock up your ride.

Cable Locks

Pad Locks

Disk Locks

Ground Anchors and Wheel Clamps

Alarm System

Common Sense:

Just as when you were a kid with your bicycle, there are some of the same rules that apply with your motorcycle.

Always keep the ignition locked.

Lock up your ride with another motorcycle

Don’t take your eyes off your motorcycle, when traveling, riding around town, or at a friends house.

Always park your ride where you can see it.

Drive Safely and have fun!

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4th of July – Treats – Barbecue and Dessert Recipes

245 years ago America declared independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. Picnics. Party’s and heading to the beach will be on the agenda for some and gathering with friend and yummy food.

4th of July Barbecue, Side Dishes, Salads, Desserts and decorations adorned in red white and blue to celebrate is a great part of the fun day.

Check out our 4th of July Pinterest Board. We have delicious recipes for Bar B Que, Desserts, Side Dishes, Decoration’s and more fun.

Have a great 4th of July and remember to drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive or let someone you know!

Happy 4th of July!

 

 

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What You Need to Know About Boat Insurance Coverage

If you choose to own and operate a speedboat, sailboat, yacht or personal watercraft without insurance you may run into some marinas and yacht clubs who won’t let you dock your craft unless you have insurance coverage. If you keep your boat on your own property, a homeowner’s insurance policy may have some coverage for your watercraft, but it can be very minimal.

Often, during winter or stormy weather, owners may have to leave boats docked in the water.  Standard policies for boats can cover damage to the craft, including damage caused by fire, lightning, theft, vandalism, collisions, and windstorms, the cost of repair and medical needs,

Some policies also provide coverage for injuries caused by uninsured boaters or by boaters who don’t have enough insurance. If this sounds like uninsured motorist coverage in an auto insurance policy, it basically serves the same purpose.

It is very crucial to understand what the policies offer in order to choose the best and most appropriate coverage. Owners need to be sure and get all terms and requirements upfront before applying.

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Hummingbirds – How to Attract Them to your Yard

ID-1004379Summer weather is on here in Florida and the hummingbirds are out and looking for food. Most of the time here you see the black birds, blue jays and on occasion a cardinal, but the hummingbirds are once in while if encouraged to visit flowers or a feeder.

Did You Know?
While they are tiny, they have more feathers per inch than any other bird with the exception of the penguin
Flying is more than just straight ahead for them, they can fly forward, backward, hover and even fly upside down.
Speedy little guys, they can fly up to 30 miles an hour.
Hummingbirds have amazing hearing and vision 4.2% of its body weight is a remarkable brain. They can recall every flower they have visited and know when a flower is ready to generate nectar. Their tongues are forked and have thin extensions to retrieve the nectar from flowers, not straw like as many people think

They like to eat nectar from flowers, but a Hummingbird feeder can give you a chance to see these awesome birds, fly in and out of your yard too.

Check out 8 Tips for Feeding Hummingbirds

 

 

 

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