- Prepare lentils per package directions. Prepare 2 cups of lentils. When seasoning, only add salt, pepper to taste and one basil leave. It’s best if you prepare the lentils from scratch. I recommend that you avoid the temptation to use canned lentils. The flavors will be better if you do not use canned lentils.
- Prepare quinoa per package directions. Prepare 1 cup of quinoa. When seasoning the quinoa, add:
- 1 tsp Salt, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp red pepper flakes and 1/2 tsp nutmeg. If you don’t enjoy spicy foods then change the red pepper flakes part to 1/4 tsp.
- Mix the two preparations in one saucer or pot when both of them are ready. Let them cook for at least 10 minutes together. Add peas and carrots to the mix and allow the mixture to continue to cook for another 10 minutes, mixing well.
- Optional: Sprinkle dry parsley on top of each serving.
- Serve and enjoy!
Starting with a Chef Salad, health awareness comes under the spotlight. Without remorse, I will take a liberal, indulgent approach to traditional recipes. After all, I want a personal mark on the food I share with loved ones. Salads are usually my preference for pot luck events and entertaining family and friends. The five salad recipes chosen in my collection are budget friendly, easy to make, fresh and definitely fit for a light lunch option as well.
My Chef Salad Recipe
1. Assemble the ingredients: Ham, turkey, hard-boiled egg, mozzarella cheese, tomato, sweet peppers and lettuce.
3. Coat the lettuce with your favorite dressing (I used store-bought Ranch – nothing wrong with that.)
5. Notes on omissions and other toppings:
- I did not add avocado to this recipe. Instead I added Gorgonzola cheese. When entertaining, have an avocado handy and ready to slice if your conservative guest can’t live without it.
- No cucumbers either.. Instead, I added sweet peppers; I love their fragrant, sugary crunch.
- Salt and pepper can be added at the end, or after coating the lettuce with dressing.
Chef Salad – 1 of 5 healthy posts.. 🙂
Nuts and dried fruits.
Low fat yogurt topped with granola, nuts and raisins.
Low fat yogurt topped with granola, nuts, raisins and fresh kiwi.
Celery with peanut butter.
Combine nuts, dried fruits, veggies, [low-fat] dairy several ways. Indeed, a clean, easy, low-cost way to go when it comes to healthy snacks. This is not breaking news; rather a reminder. Healthy options abound in local and [even] convenience stores everywhere. Yet, sometimes what matters most are the choices we make.