1. A green Salad That Will Leave You Satisfied
If you think that salads are for rabbits, you have not found the right one yet. A few tips: use fresh vegetables and consider that anything canned should be a complement and not the main ingredient so you do not end up with a withered and sad salad. If you want it to be a complete meal, add a little protein such as meat, eggs, beans and nuts. Make sure you make a good mix of crunchy ingredients such as raw cabbage, cucumber or nuts, and some soft ones like tomatoes, cooked vegetables or beans.
The most important step is to make your own delicious homemade dressing (and healthier). A simple Dijon mustard vinaigrette always works, but also feel free to try something more risky. If you’re looking for a complete recipe that inspires you, try this salad with kale and Brussels sprouts or with this Asian chicken salad.
2. Soft HUMMUS
Hummus (chickpea puree) is basically the perfect food because it is full of protein and fiber. You can spread carrots or celery with it when you’re looking for a healthy snack, or spread it on a sandwich instead of using mayonnaise. You can also spread it on your finger and eat it alone.
To make it yourself, just place a few basic ingredients (chickpeas, pasta made with sesame seeds, garlic, lemon juice and salt) in the blender and try them. Get here the recipe for the extra-smooth classic hummus, a version with toasted red pepper here or a recipe for a powerful protein source with a hummus with edamame, here.
3. A large pot of VEGETABLE SOUP
When it’s cold outside, a large pot of hot soup is literally the most beautiful thing in the world. You can do it only with vegetables or add proteins like chicken or beans. This recipe is made mostly with vegetables but use a little bit of bacon and Parmesan crust for flavor.
But you really do not need a recipe. You can only chop any vegetable you have on hand and sauté it in olive oil in a large pot with the seasoning you choose. (If you are using chicken, cut it and skip it first). Add a can of drained beans and sauté one or two more minutes. Add broth and bring it to the boiling point. Lower the temperature to simmer, cover and let cook approximately 20 minutes. If you want noodles, cook them separately and add them at the end. Serve it in bowls (large) and enjoy it.
4. A stuffed vegetarian FRITTATA
Frittatas are useful on many occasions, including when you have to make breakfast for a large number of people because you can use the leftovers of vegetables and prepare a dish that you will eat for days. Frittatas can be prepared with whatever vegetable you have available, so use the recipes as a guide instead of following them to the letter. You are not obliged to use cheese (this onion and potato frittata does not have cheese), but if you use it, goat cheese is the best because it has much less calories and fats than other cheeses. Use it with mushrooms and herbs or with artichokes and leeks.
5. CHICKEN TO THE GRILL that is not boring
The grilled chicken is easy to make and it is also a meat low in fat and healthy, although it has a bad reputation because it is tasteless. The key is to combine the chicken with strong and interesting flavors. If you have the time (and so you have foreseen), decide for a marinade. You will have the opportunity to adventure with a free style with these useful tricks, or use a recipe like this grilled chicken with caramelized onion sauce. But you can also decide in an instant for a delicious grilled chicken, like this grilled chicken with garlic and rosemary next to some onions.