CHICKEN BREAST PLATTER WITH ROASTED & FRESH VEGETABLES
I had some leftover chicken from the previous night, allowing me to prepare my lunch with a healthy serving of warmed roasted chicken together with my much-loved roasted vegetables. This time I added a selection of roasted brussel sprouts, fennel, beets, parsnips, carrots and steamed baby Bok Choy. As always, I like to have a combination of fresh and cooked vegetables, so I added my customary avocado and tomatoes.
In the past I was not a fan of brussels sprouts, but prepared like this (roasted) they are fabulous! I cleaned them, cut the base a little, and divided them in half. I put them in a cookie sheet in a 425 degrees oven for 15 minutes on one side, turned them and put them back for another 15 minutes. I apply the same method to the carrots, beets, parsnips and fennel.
To serve I added a little bit of olive oil and apple cider vinegar, and of course salt and pepper to taste.
LENTILS PLATTER WITH A HINT OF CURRY AND SERVED WITH ROASTED AND FRESH VEGETABLES
Lentils, Lentils, Lentils….. One of my favorite grains, and this time I added some curry to spice it up a little. I cooked 1 cup of lentils with 3 cups of water, added ½ tsp of grape seed oil, a ¼ tsp of salt and ½ tsp of curry powder. Bring it to a boil, lower the heat and let it cook until all water is absorbed, just like you would cook rice. When it was ready I added olive oil and a bit of apple cider vinegar before serving.
As I am now into the habit of roasting any vegetable that comes to mind, I added to the lentils a generous dollop of roasted garlic and complemented the dish with some roasted carrots, beets, parsnip, yellow pepper and eggplant, as well as some steamed baby bok choy, fresh celery and avocado. Needless to say perhaps, but it was delicious! Ah, don’t forget to add the olive oil and vinegar of your choice, together with salt and pepper to taste.
ROASTED BEETS, CARROTS AND EGGPLANT WITH GOAT CHEESE & FRESH VEGETABLES PLATTER
I think you are really going to love this platter. I cut up beets and carrots in slices of just under ½ inch thick, and roasted them in a 425 degrees oven for 25 to 30 minutes, turning them at the halfway mark. I did the same with the eggplant, but the slices were almost 1 inch thick, and I roasted them for 12 minutes on each side. When roasting I do not add any oil or any seasoning to the vegetables. Five minutes before serving I added some goat cheese to the roasted beets and eggplant so that the cheese will warm up and melt a little.
I combined my roasted vegetables with blanched kale and beet greens and added fresh celery and avocado. I find that I need the flavour of fresh vegetables in my combinations! I thought that I was going to miss some type of grain to fill my appetite, but I must say that I was pretty satisfied when I finished it!
As always I find that adding olive oil and apple cider or balsamic vinegar give the finishing touch of flavour to my lunches.
SPAGHETTI SQUASH SALAD PLATTER WITH ROASTED AND FRESH VEGETABLES
It is the first time that I tried this dish and it was very, very tasty.
If you decide that you do not wish to have carbs during lunch but you want the visual satisfaction that you are having a traditional spaghetti dish, then this is it. It certainly was for me!
I prepared the spaghetti squash following the instructions I found on the web: cut the squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, poured a little olive oil and added pepper; then, I put the two halves, cut side down, on a cookie sheet and placed them in a 375 degree oven for 40 to 50 minutes or until you can easily pierce the skin with a fork. Let it cool, and then, with a fork, start separating the strands.
I added blanched kale and diced red pepper, seasoned with olive oil and apple cider vinegar, and added salt and pepper to taste. I finished the platter by adding some asparagus, tomatoes, and avocados sprinkled with shaved Parmesan cheese. I found that the spaghetti squash had a neutral taste, but it took very nicely the flavour of the olive oil, vinegar and the parmesan cheese. Next time I will add to it some kind of pesto perhaps!
GARLIC ROASTED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM AND LENTIL SALAD WITH FRESH VEGETABLES
I love lentils and I love mushrooms so I decided to put them together in my luncheon vegetable platter. I cooked the lentils according to the packaging instructions and let them cool to room temperature. I then mixed them with chopped fresh yellow peppers, celery and sliced roasted garlic and added olive oil and apple cider vinegar to taste. I roasted the Portobello mushrooms with chopped garlic, olive oil and pepper and just before serving I topped it with a generous amount of goat cheese. I then put it back in the oven, just long enough for the cheese to warm up.
I added to my plate using the extra chopped yellow pepper and celery in addition to the customary tomato and avocado, and flavored with some olive oil and apple cider vinegar to the fresh vegetable portions. It was certainly delicious!
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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.
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!