When life gives you lemons... make salad dressing.
I've been carrying some big cash around in my wallet since graduation and have been paranoid about losing it for the past week. Yesterday I went to Costco and was planning to spend some of it. However, when I opened my wallet, it was gone. I completely lost it in the middle of the store. Instant panic, followed by a car ride home of crying. Way to go me. Turns out, I'd left it at home anyway. What a great use of emotional energy, huh?
It made me think about all the times in my life that I've freaked out over something so small. Even in that moment I knew it was just money. It wasn't my health, my loved ones, or another oil spill. It was just a piece of paper. I'll work harder at believing that the next time something like this rolls around...
Last night I went to a friend's going away party. The funny thing is that my friend lost her wallet with some big money earlier this week too. I guess it really isn't funny because she never found her money. Hey Universe, when you decide to pay her back, don't forget that she'll be in the Southern California desert. It sucks when the Universe forgets your address.
As me and Ashley were leaving the party, she said that I must be pretty sad now with school being over and friends moving away. What I realized in that moment is that as much as I will miss the people leaving my life, I have enjoyed them being in my life so much that it is okay. If friends didn't move, we'd never have going away parties. And those, are pretty dang fun.
So, when you have a bad day, or maybe you're just hungry, help yourself to a salad with some lemon dressing. It may not make everything better, but at least your tummy will feel good.
Makes 2 salads
4 cups arugula
1/2 cup cooked beans, cooled (I used baby lima beans)
1 tomato, sliced
1/2 yellow onion, sliced
1 Tbs Italian seasoning (If you don't have this handy, just use a mix of thyme, oregano, and basil)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a pan over medium heat. Wait about a minute then add the onion slices and turn the heat to low-medium. Make sure that all the onions are covered in oil and add more if needed. Turn the onions with a spatula every 5 minutes or so. If they start to stick to the pan, add more oil. Add your Italian seasoning after about 15 minutes. The onions should caramelize in about 20-25 minutes.
While the onions are going, mix the lemon juice with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and toss with your greens. Add the greens to two plates and top with the beans. (I always have a stash of cooked beans on hand, but if you don't have any or don't want to cook them yourself, grab a can.)
When the onions have caramelized, or when you get tired of waiting, let them sit for a moment and then add to your salad. Garnish with some tomato slices and serve.