CHICKPEAS SALAD WITH SHREDDED CARROTS AND FETA CHEESE
I often introduce into my diet different grains. One of my favorites is chickpeas, which I regularly add to my vegetable plates. I cook them at home, as I do not like the after taste that the canned variety leaves in your mouth. In this case, I mixed them with shredded carrots and feta cheese, and finished my plate with tomatoes, fennel, cucumbers, roasted red peppers and avocado. The customary extra virgin olive oil and white balsamic or apple cider vinegar finish this dish with lots of flavor!
TIP : When you forget to soak the chickpeas overnight, the shortcut or quick method I use is to place the required quantity of chickpeas in a pot, add water and boil them for 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and leave it for two hours. After the two hours, rinse the chickpeas and add fresh water and cook them until done! It would normally take me 45 minutes to an hour to cook the desired amount.
Wanted desperately to have bread, so I decided to just go for the veggies without comprising with cheese or some other protein! This is what I came up with: blanched kale, cucumbers, avocado, celery and shredded carrots! Some slices of my favorite multigrain baguette and I was done! The extra virgin olive oil and vinegar, with salt and pepper added to taste, always add to the flavor!
As I had leftover lobster from last night’s dinner, I decided to incorporate it into my daily vegetable platter. Due to the strong flavor of the lobster, I placed it in a little bowl so as not to have my vegetables permeated with the seafood flavor. I prepared my plate with tomatoes, fennel, yellow pepper, asparagus, avocado, steamed beet-greens and sliced marinated garlic. I also added some leftover Italian-mix frozen vegetables from last night’s dinner. The olive oil and apple cider vinegar was added to the lobster as well. I noticed that the marinated garlic gave the dish an interesting kick.
SPINACH AND SLICED BEEF SALAD, WITH SHAVED PARMESAN CHEESE AND SLICED RAW ALMONDS WITH EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, BALSAMIC VINEGAR, HONEY AND DIJON MUSTARD SALAD DRESSING.
Just to change the menu, I decided to make use of leftover steak from last night’s dinner. I sliced it very thinly. I prepared a vinaigrette dressing with extra virgin olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, ½ tsp. of honey, ½ tsp. of Dijon mustard, salt and pepper to taste. I first coated the sliced steak with the dressing, then coated the spinach, combined them and added the shaved parmesan cheese and sliced almonds. I often do this when I have some type of meat leftover!
QUINOA SALAD WITH ROASTED VEGETABLES, YELLOW AND RED TOMATOES, CUCUMBERS, YELLOW PEPPER AND AVOCADO PLATTER
I found myself particularly hungry and, since I had some roasted vegetables from the day before I decided to vary my menu. I made a Quinoa salad with all of the roasted vegetables that I had on hand, specifically red onion, red and orange peppers, zucchini and eggplant, and I complimented the resulting salad with my normal fresh vegetables… tomatoes, cucumbers, yellow peppers and half of an avocado. I decided to go with my protein intake, so I added to the quinoa salad some shaved parmesan cheese and 1 1/2 tablespoons of sliced raw almonds. Extra Virgin Olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. No bread for me this time! I can tell you, I barely finished my platter and I was so satisfied that I did not have a real dinner at night. I had a bowl of vanilla yogurt later in the evening!
With summer here, you can easily make this quinoa salad for dinner consuming as much as you require to feel satisfied, and in turn just have a fresh vegetable plate for lunch, perhaps adding some other type of vegetables to satiate your hunger.
ROASTED AND FRESH VEGETABLES PLATTER When I know in advance that I am going to have a light supper, then I make my lunch vegetable platter more substantial. In this particular case to my normal Tomatoes, Avocado and Cucumber plate … Continue reading →
TOMATOES, CUCUMBERS, FENNEL, YELLOW PEPPER AND AVOCADO SALAD PLATTER
As promised, I would like to share with you a lunch platter that I would normally eat when I know that I am going to have a big dinner. I just keep it simple and give it a splash of flavour with a vinaigrette of Olive oil and balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar when I want a softer flavour. Of course, salt and pepper to taste!