If I were to be at a buffet, a nice green salad would always be on my plate, not for the enjoyment of eating it...but more to settle a guilt-free conscience. In my earlier years, I grew up in a family who would indulge in meat dishes, sweet drinks and rich desserts like pastries or ice cream. Salads or raw vegetables would always be served, but they were the last thing we would consume at dinner time. We were people whom you would call "de grands gourmands" . Glutton is a strong word, but we weren't far off. Fortunately, as we're all aging and growing more health conscious, I've been noticing that my family and I gradually changed our eating habits over the years. We've all taken the righ turn to maintain a well balanced diet, without sacrificing the pleasure of eating luscious foods. Food that will please our belly, food with lotsa flay-va....
All that to say that a salad doesn't have to be boring. We can all make it more interesting. It can be both tentatlizing and satisfying. This beautiful and delicious-looking salad is incredibly tasty and healthy. It's packed with protein, from the beans. It's nutritious, from the brown rice pasta and greens. Most importantly, it's so yummy, from the added spices. Tumeric/curcuma, paprika, salt and pepper are the spices, nutritiously sufficient for our bodies, mixed in this salad for added flavour. These words are coming from a meat lover. It can be prepared with chicken or shrimps, or simply as a vegetarian dish. A complete meal for a hot day like today.
Recipe "au pif":
Soy or brown rice pasta (available in most supermarkets), cooked al dente
14-19 oz can of cooked mixed beans (kidney, lima..etc.), drained and rinsed
leftover chicken strips (I used chicken seasoned with garlic and lemongrass)
fresh baby spinach
cherry tomatoes, diced
handful of fresh coriander, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp low-fat and low-sodium mayonnaise
2 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tsp ground tumeric/curcuma
1 tsp ground paprika
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients and refrigerate for about 20-30 minutes
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