My life seems a bit busier than normal at the moment. I seem to have less time for chilling, cooking and me! Some of my friends might struggle to recognise me in the street because it’s been that long since I’ve seen them (sorry!). Something I’ve noticed is that when life gets busy, the quality and nutritional content of the foods I select seem to take a nosedive. I end up feeling tired and sluggish from too many salty, quick, convenience foods and thus the viscous cycle begins.. I have less energy to do the things I love doing therefore less energy to cook myself nourishing wholefood meals.
I am a huge fan of the packets of pre-cooked rice, grains and lentils that most supermarkets stock. Now, I know they are not the most environmentally friendly way of eating and I am not pretending they are.. Unfortunately the packaging is often not recyclable which sucks. However, I always strive to do better and at the moment, my life does not allow me the luxury of finding time to soak and cook all my beans, legumes and grains. Of course you are welcome to cook your own grains if you have the time to do so for the recipe below. After all, isn’t cooking the most therapeutic and enjoyable of all activities?
I’m going to share with you a recipe for a salad that is packed full of nutrition, full to the brim with protein which will keep you full and satiated for hours, yet only takes 5 minutes to throw together. It utilises the stalk of the broccoli which most people toss in the food waste. My friend over the pond taught me that it is a delightful addition to salad when grated raw 🙂 (Thanks Deb!).
To make this superfast superfood salad you will need;
- 1 packet of cooked grains (I used Merchant Gourmet quinoa super seeds)
- 1 grated carrot
- Grated red cabbage
- The stem of your broccoli, grated
- Frozen peas, defrosted in hot water
- Mixed nuts and seeds, soaked overnight
Of course any of the ingredients can be substituted for your favourite grains and veggies, some dried fruit would also be an awesome addition to this salad. To make the salad, simply grate all your veggies, drain the peas and nuts and toss everything together in a big bowl. This is definately enough for 2 portions, however you could also double the recipe to make enough for your lunches all week as this salad keeps really well in the fridge.
I tried to make a sesame soy salad dressing but I’m not going to lie to you… it tasted weird so I shall not share that recipe with you! I’m really not good at making salad dressings, this is something I am working on. I’d recommend taking a ready made asian salad dressing in a little pot to dress it just before eating 🙂
Questions for you…
- What are your favourite speedy meals?
- Do you have any time saving food tips for when life gets hectic?