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The BIG salad!

What is a big salad? Why does it have to be big? How do l make a big salad? Do l need a big bowl? What would l put in a big salad? Will l be able to eat it all?

So many questions to address before we even start. 

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Fresh and colourful

Eating a wholefoods based diet is supported by food planning. For me this requires the preparation of a BIG salad usually twice a week. This enables me to have a fresh salad on hand at all times. Eating raw foods is wonderful for your overall health, supports satiety and digestion.

I usually base my salads on a green such as spinach or cabbage (either red or green). From there l just add my favourite ingredients. Some times it is more green than others, and then when l use beetroot as one example there is a colour explosion.

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Red cabbage and beetroot add to the colour in this salad.

Fresh herbs from the garden can add a lovely element to the salad. I like to use flat leaf parsley and sometimes mint. Some of my favourite vegetables are daikon, celery, carrot, fennel and capsicum. Try to use seasonal vegetables and the freshest ones possible so the salad keeps well.

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Almost a coleslaw

I have a really big bowl that l use to mix my salads. As the volume goes down after a day or so l transfer it to a smaller bowl or container. Sometimes l drain off the extra liquid at this step. The salad can be served at any meal and is so handy to have in the fridge.

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These colourful salads are enticing to the taste buds.

I often add nuts and seeds to the salads. Usually l choose walnuts, flaked almonds, pumpkin seeds or slivered almonds. I dress the salad with a mix of cold pressed olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon/lime juice, sea salt and black pepper. I mix it in a small glass and blend it with a hand mixer before adding it to the salad.

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The chewing required to eat these salads starts the digestive process.

Mostly the salads keep really well. After a few days if l have some leftover and l want a new salad l use the remainder in an omelette. It is a very economical way to meal prep. I also mostly use my food processor to make the salads but if it is greens based l will sometimes cut and grate the vegetables the old fashioned way. I find the cabbage is sliced beautifully in the food processor and it is so quick.

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Enjoy your salad as part of a balanced meal.

Experiment with your salads. How big the salad is will depend on the size of your family. I encourage you to eat as much salad as you can as part of a healthy and balanced diet. Buy seasonal and organic vegetables where possible and spend some time thinking about the ingredients that will work well together. It can take time to get used to eating salads. Chewing is important and the dressing can really make a difference to the flavour.

Eat well, Live well and Be well. 

Chunky Guacamole Salad

A chunky guacamole to tempt your taste buds! Does guacamole need to be a mashed up dish? I have decided this is just as nice and so colourful.

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A generous dose of lemon juice really lifts this salad. It’s a taste sensation.

The freshest of ingredients are required for this recipe. How many tomatoes and avocados you use is up to you as it needs to be eaten within a couple of days.

Ingredients:

Avocados (2 or 3 depending on their size, roughly chopped)

Roma tomatoes (2 large ones finely diced)

2 spring onion green tops (finely sliced)

Lemon juice of a large lemon

Sea Salt and black pepper (season to taste)

Method:

Mix all ingredients together. Place in the fridge to chill then serve.

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Served here with chicken and veggies

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Broccoli, Spinach, Bacon and Almond Salad

A refreshing and healthy salad to have any time of the day. Serve as part of a meal or on its own. Use the freshest of ingredients and enjoy!

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Start with super fresh broccoli and spinach. These are the core ingredients and it is essential that they are fresh. I added some bacon to the recipe but this is optional.

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Wash your veggies well.

Ingredients:

3 broccoli heads-cut into small pieces and blanched in salty water

175 g bacon-diced and lightly fried

2 spring onion pieces (green tops) sliced finely

1 cup slivered almonds

1 full collander of spinach

Sea salt and black pepper to season (to taste)

Olive oil (cold pressed)-1/4 cup

Apple Cider Vinegar (organic with the mother)-2 tablespoons

Juice of 1/2 a large lemon or if small the whole lemon.

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Rinse the spinach well.

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Blanching the broccoli. Just a couple of minutes in boiling salted water then cool.

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Rinsing the broccoli under cold water to cool.

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Diced bacon. I used a shortcut pack.

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Lightly frying the bacon. Let cool.

Mix all ingredients together.

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Use a large spoon to mix everything. Have a taste and adjust oil, vinegar, seasoning or lemon juice to suit your tastes.

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Served here with schnitzel and salad.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Fresh salads are so delightful and add a lovely element to your meals.

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Potato salad

Cold potatoes are all the rage in Paleo land. A source of resistant starch and tasty! Indulge with this delightful salad creation. Enjoy as a side dish or meal on its own.

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Cold potato salad

Ingredients:

A generous 1kg of medium to small potatoes (I like the red skinned ones).

2 stalks of celery (washed and finely sliced)

2 stalks of spring onion green tops finely sliced

A handful of mint (washed and diced)

1 cup of raw walnuts roughly chopped

Pink rock salt (Celtic sea salt or similar) and black pepper

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Some nice fresh potatoes

Wash your potatoes and steam until just soft. Let cool and then place in the fridge for 24 hours. This is an important step as this is how the resistant starch is formed.

You need a big bowl at this point to place the ingredients in. I like to use a large stainless steel one and then place the salad in a nice bowl when it is made.

Dice you potatoes into small cubes. The size is up to you. Place in the bowl with the celery, spring onion, mint and nuts. Add in a generous sprinkle of salt/pepper then mix. Have a taste to see if there is enough seasoning. I like to leave this salad as is, but you could add your favourite dressing at this point.

Serve as a side dish or eat as a main on its own. Enjoy!

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Crunchy Coleslaw

A healthy coleslaw is so versatile and can be used as a side dish or the centre piece of your meal. You can make it your own by adding in your favourite ingredients as l did here with this carrot based version. The possibilities are endless!

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Crunchy, colourful and delicious.

A food processor is handy to have but a grater and a good knife would also be good. You can vary the volume of the ingredients and the actual vegetables you use depending on your tastes and what you have in the fridge.

Ingredients:

4 medium sized carrots well washed or peeled

Two celery stalks with the tops chopped off. Well washed.

Celeriac. They are all different sizes but cut enough pieces off to make a cup when grated.

2 Spring onion green tops

1 cup chopped nuts. I used raw activated walnuts but use your favourite.

1/2 cup raw activated pumpkin seeds. Sunflower seeds would also be nice.

Method:

Use the grater disc on the food processor to grate the carrot and celeriac. Empty the contents into a large bowl. Swap over to the slicing disc and finely slice the celery and spring onion. Place these in the bowl as well. Add the nuts chopped to your liking and then the pumpkin seeds. Give a good mix.

Dressing:

You can use your favourite dressing but this one was very delicious. In a glass mix roughly three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, a splash of apple cider vinegar and a generous pinch each of pink rock salt, black pepper and cumin. Pour it over the salad and mix well. Have a taste test and add more seasoning to suit. The cumin is especially nice and a drizzle of lemon or lime would add some zing.

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With grass fed beef ribs.

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As a base topped with sardines and avocado.

This is a really crunchy, fresh, tasty and nutritious salad and one that you can make your own. Have some fun with this recipe and add a splash of red capsicum, herbs or cucumber. It will keep well in the fridge for a day or two and is excellent as a work or school lunch option with the addition of a boiled egg or some meat.

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The perfect bunless Paleo burger

This burger is extremely simple to make with the hardest part balancing the ingredients on top of each other. I used free range chicken for the burger but the meat can easily be substituted for grass fed beef as one example. 

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A balancing act!

The burger is quickly made in the food processor and everything else that goes on top is up to you. I topped this burger with a poached egg that still had a soft centre which added some moisture to the dish. On top of that were cucumber slices, grated carrot, tomato and spinach leaves. I surrounded the burger with more spinach leaves, raw cashew nuts and sliced avocado.

I used frozen chicken breasts that had thawed slightly which meant the burgers were very cold and they held together well. If you use fresh chicken place the burgers in the fridge for about 30 minutes before cooking.

Burger Ingredients:

2 Free Range or organic chicken breasts

One handful of flat leaf parsley

2 small bunches bok choy (or 1 large bunch)

1/4 of a red capsicum diced roughly

1 spring onion green top sliced roughly

Seasoning: I used 1/4 teaspoon each of cumin and cinnamon plus a pinch of pink rock salt and black pepper

Place all of the burger ingredients in the food processor and blend. 

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An even consistency.

I used an electric frypan to cook the burgers and about 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. You could also cook them in the oven. Form the mix into patties the size you require. I made smaller ones for the children and larger ones for the adults. Place into the heated pan and cook until golden on both sides. Because the burgers were quite thick l used the lid on my pan and that helped them to cook through.

While the burgers are cooking prepare the salad ingredients and poach the eggs just before serving. The whole meal can be quickly assembled and eaten straight away.

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The burgers are ready!

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Leftover burgers for lunch the next day.

These burgers are very moist and tasty, providing a wonderful base for whatever ingredients you choose to add and sweet potato chips would be lovely with this meal.

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The Joy of Cos Lettuce

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You can’t go wrong with this versatile and healthy vegetable.

Cos lettuce or alternatively known as Romaine lettuce is my new favourite lettuce. After spending years eating Iceberg lettuce and then sorting through the many new varieties on the market, l have now settled on Cos lettuce as my new favourite. I have seen short stemmed and long stemmed varieties, but prefer the long stemmed ones for the versatility of their leaves. I really like that the leaves are so big and soft and then the lower part is really crunchy. You can just pick off one leaf as you need it, especially if you are growing your own, or cut the bottom off the whole bunch and watch the leaves just move apart. I used to battle with the Iceberg lettuce trying to make lettuce cups as the pieces were hard to pull away in tact, and it was so difficult to store as it was a big round shape. The Cos lettuce can be laid flat and fits nicely in lots of small places in the fridge.

Grow your own.

It is so easy and handy!. Not sure about the cost saving but definately a healthier option for you and fun for the whole family.

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The leaves are so versatile

The challenge for me lately has been to find a suitable lettuce, not to put in salads as those are plentiful, but to use as an alternative to wraps. Removing grains from the diet does pose a meal planning challenge to those who like to have wraps as a meal and the Cos Lettuce is marvelous for this purpose. The first photos show the larger leaves laid out to use as wraps, while the second photo uses a smaller Cos lettuce where the leaves have a natural cup shape to them and are perfect to fill with your favourite ingredients.

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All laid out for self-serve. Looks nice. Salad, free-range roasted chicken and roasted sweet potato.

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Larger leaves used as wraps.

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Lettuce wraps filled- chick peas, egg, snow peas, carrot, avocado and tomato with a small piece of fish

Nutrition Facts:

  • Low Calorie and great taste
  • High in Vitamin A(Beta-Carotene), Calcium, Vitamin C, Iron, B Vitamins and a good source of Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids
  • A complete protein so that it has all 8 essential amino acids
  • Composed of 17 % Protein
  • Is heat tolerant so great on top of those home made pizzas just out of the oven
  • Excellent to use in smoothies
  • Low in the anti-nutrient Oxalic Acid
  • Rich in the minerals Selenium, Zinc, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium and Phosphorous

What’s not to love! Do yourself a favour and add this delicious and nutritious food to your daily diet.

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