This salad has become my favorite lunch. It is hearty and filling, dare I say comforting, and chock full of nutrition. It is also highly customizable. Get creative.
When using the Gabriel Method, we ask three questions before preparing a meal.
- Where is the assimilable protein?
- Where is the Omega 3?
- Where is the live food?
The protein in this meal comes from the chicken (make sure to use free range or the chicken doesn’t really count) and also from the raw nuts/seeds (they must be raw – roasted doesn’t count).
The Omega 3 is found in the ground flax seed (grind it fresh for maximum potency) as well as the sprouted bread croutons. The sprouted bread I use is loaded with seeds and flax. Not all of these breads are high in omega 3. Make sure to check your particular brand and style.
For live food, I use organic dark greens for this salad as well as other organic veggies. I also keep a live basil plant (available at the grocery store in the produce department) in my kitchen window. This is a great way to add vitality to your meal.
Keeping an herb garden is a great way to increase vitality in your food, save money and add a punch of flavor to your food. Healthy, fun and budget friendly. What beats that?
2 cups dark organic greens
2 T fresh basil
5 medium mushrooms, sliced
1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup julienned carrots
1 T flax seed, freshly ground
3 oz free range chicken breast, cut into bite size chunks
2 t olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 t dried oregano
pinch red chili flakes
1 T raw sunflower seeds
1 T raw sliced almonds
1 slice sprouted grain bread, toasted and cut into bite size pieces and cooled
Your favorite Vinaigrette salad dressing, I use Newman’s Own Roasted Garlic and Parmesan.
salt and pepper
Pile the greens on a plate. Top with toasted bread pieces, basil and ground flax. Set aside.
Heat 1 t oil in a medium frying pan over medium high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and a pinch of dried oregano and saute until browned, but not completely cooked through. Remove and set aside.
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in the same frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until translucent and starting to soften. Add mushrooms and saute until cooked through and nicely browned. Onions should be caramelized at this point and garlic will be brown and soft. Season with salt, pepper, oregano and red chili flakes.
Add the carrots and chicken back to pan until chicken is cooked through, a couple of minutes.
Dump all that on top of the pile of greens. Top with seeds, nuts and salad dressing.
Toss and enjoy!