Hey! Sorry it has been a quiet couple of weeks; I have just finished exams, moved back home and started a work placement. But I am settled in now, so things should be returning back to normal.
When starting to move to healthy eating, I always found a big barrier was salads. They never appealed to me beforehand, and there would always be a few ingredients or the dressing that I just didn’t like. I wanted to make a simple salad that is filling, tasty and full of clean nutrients. This salad is perfect both as a side and as the main event of a meal. There is so much goodness in this dish:
Kale – this dark leafy veg is alkalising, full of vitamins, minerals and is very nutrient-dense.
Quinoa – this grain-like seed is a complete protein, so has all the essential amino acids. It is also high in fibre, making it a great food to keep you full and energised.
Chickpeas – another rich source of protein, contains iron, B-vitamins and magnesium, so is really great for vegetarians and vegans.
Pomegranate – this delicious fruit seed is another source of fibre, and contains many antioxidants and is thought to reduce high blood pressure and inflammation.
Cayenne pepper – this spice increases metabolism, and may be anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, as it is also used as a preservative.
- 200g quinoa
- 1tsp paprika
- 2tsp vegetable stock powder
- 1/2-1 tsp cayenne pepper, to taste
- 1 bag of prepared kale, around 150g
- 1 * 400g tin chickpeas
- 1 large pomegranate
- Olive oil