I considered calling this post “How To Kick Your Salad Up a Notch”, but I figured honest titling would help people find my post.
I have spent a lot of time recently reflecting on food and my relationship with food. When I think of food I think of community, love and family. I realize that sometimes in practice I mix up the message with the messenger. I think that sometimes I overeat food because I want the feelings that go along with it. I have started to recognize that food may bring people together but eating more food does not give you those emotions, those feelings. I am slowly finding my way to eat mindfully and enjoy my food more.
The reason I have been considering this is because these croutons remind me of home. When I was little, my mom would often make us salads. She would prepare them before dinner so when we were really hungry we would eat our salads because they were ready and there.
One lesson I learned from my mom, that was passed down from my dad’s mom is that the small things matter. Love can be shown in small acts, chopping up a carrot, kind hugs, encouragement, recognition, space, time, freedom, and homemade croutons. My mom said when you cut up the vegetables or make homemade croutons it is a way to communicate to others that they matter, taking the time to do it well matters. Croutons encapsulate all these things.
Also they are easy, but beware once you make homemade croutons you may not be able to go back to boxed croutons. I know for me I do not care for store bought ones anymore. I find them to be too crunchy and dry. I also have baked croutons on a baking sheet numerous times, but I find the skillet ones get more evenly browned and just crispy enough.
-4 cups of cubed bread
-1/4 of a cup of olive oil
-1 teaspoon garlic salt
-1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the spices and stir to mix well.
- Once the oil is hot add the cubes of bread. Continue to cook 10-15 minutes stirring consistently until all are golden brown. Remove from the heat and add to any salad.
If you are unsure if the oil is hot enough, add one cube of bread it should sizzle if the oil is hot enough.