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06 Nov Saving Time With Char: Making a Quick Salad

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Making a Quick Salad

Even if you head to your local salad bar, the cherry or grape tomatoes are whole.  And a great way to stretch a salad is to cut tomatoes so that there are more bites.

The other day I was at the gym.  How can you NOT love the gym where there are TEN TV’s.  I can see everything from Wendy Williams to Rachel Ray and catch a glimpse of what’s going on in the real world on CNN.

But, the other day?  Well, I don’t watch Rachel Ray because in my opinion, she doesn’t cook real food.  Her food often looks “gloppy” to me.  I always say to myself, “Wonder what Rip would say to Rachel Ray if he was a guest?”

I looked up and wanted to give Rachel a gold medal and here’s why.

She showed me how to slice eight tomatoes AT ONCE!  What a great time saver.  Rather than explain it step by step…here’s a small collage that shows what to do.  It really works!  And fast!  I will never serve whole tomatoes, again!

Knife tip of the day? Use a bread knife, or a serrated knife,  it will easily cut the tomatoes in half.

Let this picture be your guide.  Thanks to Rachel Ray for the great tip.

Now, if we could only get her to show the world how to make a “Raise the Roof Lasagna.”

BTW, cherry tomatoes are the perfect topping for a “Raise the Roof.”

Try this, and post some pictures!

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Char Nolan

Char Nolan is a blog contributor and Engine 2 Extra Coach. She's been plant-strong for almost five years. From Philadelphia, she works in the plant-based whole foods arena, and is also the "vegan features writer," for the "Town Dish." She's lost a great deal of weight from being plant-strong, practices yoga, and is always dabbling in her kitchen to create new, plant-strong recipes. Armed with a degree in public health, Char also holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from e-Cornell.

  • Kathy G
    Posted at 12:12h, 06 November

    Awesome, Char! I will definitely give this a try. Rachel also taught me how to cut up onions. ;-). But this one is ingenious! Love time savers.

  • Barbara Whitney
    Posted at 14:42h, 06 November

    ha, love it! thanks Char! (and Rachel)

  • B Trzcinski
    Posted at 11:00h, 07 November

    It took me a while to figure this out… You cut sideways between the two lids, clever indeed!

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