When I was working full time, I was all about convenience. I bought boneless, skinless chicken breasts, baby carrots and bagged salad. Now that I am a stay-at-home-mom, my "job" is to save money. If I save a buck here or there, I do it. It has totally transformed my philosophy on food prep. I look at most things and think, "Can I make that?" I do save money, but end up using a bit more of my time. You know the old adage, Time is money. I started thinking about those convenient bags of salad....you can get spring mix, regular ol' iceburg blend, and fancy-smanchy bags with radicchio and frisee lettuce. At my local grocery store, they are $3 to $4 a bag for 6 oz. of salad blend. They go on sale from time to time, if you time that sale with a coupon, it is a good deal. What can you do in the meantime? Bag your own!
I bought two heads of lettuce, a green leaf one and a red leaf one.
Now, it does no good for that lettuce to sit in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator to rot because either you forgot about it or don't have the time to tear up individual salad plates from it. I found that was happening to me. I'd pull out a slimy, brown-filled bag that used to have lettuce in it! I decided to prep my lettuce when I got home from the store so that it would be ready when I wanted it. I tore up all the lettuce in bite size pieces, like I would do for making a salad. Then the lettuce was rinsed and run through my salad spinner.