organic veggies

I love salad.  I think one reason that this eating plan works so well for me is that I love salad.  I eat at least one, if not two, large salads a day.  I’m lucky that my husband loves salad too.

I have been experimenting with different toppings and styles of salad, but for most meals it is pretty much the same.

  • Organic baby greens
  • A variety of chopped veggies depending on what is available that week at the farmers market, but in general carrots, onions, radishes, snap peas, cucumbers, tomatoes etc.
  • Handful of seeds and/or nuts
  • Tablespoon of freshly ground flax
  • Salad Dressing

So for lunch, I generally have a big salad and then a small portion of whatever sounds goods that week.  I usually make a big batch of something each week and eat it at least three times.  Generally some sort of saucy chicken (cacciatore, curry, tikka masala etc.)  and sometimes I will have a little brown rice or sprouted bread, but not always.

This week I made homemade chili with pork tenderloin and beans and organic veggies.  For this , I actually put the salad on top and topped with homemade creamy dressing.

For dinner, we generally have some sort of meat and then a salad and sometimes an additional vegitable, especially right now when asparagus is in season.  I have my husband hooked on what we call big salad, which is basically the above plus grilled chicken marinated in lemon, olive oil, oregano and salt and pepper, and some croutons made with sprouted wheat bread, a little olive oil and some garlic.

My latest favorite salad dressing

I don’t really measure so these are really just guesses.  Tweak with it until it tastes how you want it to.

  • 1/4 cu finely shredded romano cheese (I found a really yummy pecorino made with sheep’s milk)
  • 2 t. red wine vinegar
  • 2 t. fresh lemon juice
  • pinch salt
  • couple good grinds of pepper
  • 1 t. fresh oregano (picked right out of my garden for “vitality” points)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 t. Dijon mustard
  • 1 t. honey
  • couple of tablespoons of olive oil (or you could use flax oil) – Just add a tablespoon at a time until it tastes balanced.

Streamlining the salad process

Although salad is relatively easy, it can be a little prep intensive for making lunch before work or throwing something together when you just have a few minutes.  But with a little prep ahead throwing together a great salad can take only a matter of seconds.

I buy organic salad mix at the farmers market, but this is generally available at most grocery stores these days as well.  Too keep it fresh longer, put it in a gallon Ziploc with a damp paper towel.

I also cut up a variety of veggies, mix them together and store them in a Ziploc or Tupperware.  Seed and nuts can be mixed and stored this way as well.  Buying small tomatoes eliminates the need to cut them fresh.

I do grind my flax fresh, but I keep the seeds in a closed mason jar on the counter next to the grinder, which makes this very easy and quick to do.

With these small steps, a handful of this and a handful of that and a few seconds later you have a great healthy salad with little to no work.

I have been exploring new foods and ways of eating as part of The Gabriel Method.

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.

  1. Where is the assimilable protein?
  2. Where is the Omega 3?
  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?

Wilted Salad

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!

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