I, like the other 98%…97%? Ok 90! That’s the best I can do. I, like the other 90% of the Human population, prefer taste over health. So you can imagine my dilemma when I try to think of Healthy options while contemplating what to eat. So here’s what I do when I try to think of something healthy to add to my meal; I think “interesting” and not “yummy”. If you think something might taste interesting, go for it! If you keep looking at things from the “yummy” perspective, you won’t get too far in the “Health” department.
Following my post on the The Salad Situation, I decided to whip up a good healthy salad that looked good and tasted…well…interesting at the very least. I opened my fridge to hand-pick the lucky contestants who would end up in this Salad. In order to help you avoid the “yummy perspective” let me show you the thought process that I went through while picking out some of my ingredients.
Arugula : “Interesting”
Parsley: “Tastes fairly good for being a leaf”
Flax Seeds : “Interesting crunch but they stick to my teeth…fun post-salad-consumption activity!”
Chicken: “Yes PLEASE! Human Food! Yaayyy!”
Lemon : “I love you, you are definitely coming with me”
Alright, enough jibber jabber. Let’s get to it.
Here’s what you need:
2 boneless chicken breasts
2 tbsp Yogurt
Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
1/2 tsp Chilli Powder
1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 garlic clove minced
1/2 tsp garam masala (optional)
Now, you can grill your chicken using whatever seasoning you like. However, for presentation purposes, I thought a bit of a reddish/orange-ish color on the chicken would really make it pop! So I decided to go for more of a desi marinade which made use of turmeric and chilli powder which is what gave the grilled chicken it’s beautiful color. You can leave the chicken to marinate overnight, or even half an hour before cooking is fine too.
*Grilling Tip: Don’t grease the grill pan, grease the food.*
Drizzle some olive oil over the chicken and mix it together with the marinade before placing the chicken breasts onto the grill pan (which should be sufficiently hot) and grill for 10 minutes on each side. You don’t want to overcook the chicken otherwise it will dry out. At the same time though, you don’t want to leave it raw either. So, when you’re slicing it up in the end, check to make sure that it isn’t pink in the middle. While you’re chicken is grilling, you can move onto your greens.
1 Sprig of Arugula
handful of Parsley
Couple of leaves of Iceberg lettuce
5-10 leaves of Spinach
Since I don’t really have exact measures for how much of each ingredient you need, here’s a picture to you help you get a better idea and also to feel good about all those yummy nutrients you’re about to consume! Yummmm…ahem..I mean..interestingggg! It really depends on your preference how much of each item of salad greens you add to this. So go crazy with it!
Wash your greens thoroughly and chop/tear them up. I would suggest you remove the thicker parts of the parsley stems and finely chop the leaves. About the spinach, since I live in the Middle East we hardly ever get cute hassle-free baby spinach. We get ginormous Spinach leaves which is why I only took 5 leaves. If you have baby spinach you can add more spinach if you want. However, if you don’t have baby spinach and have ginormous spinach like me, it’s a good idea to cut out the stems/ stalk? part of the spinach leaf like so :
Basic vinaigrette :
Juice of 1 lemon
3 tbsp Olive oil
Since, we’ve already used so many ingredients that are packed with so much flavor, I decided to keep the dressing fresh and lemon-y. Combine the lemon juice with the olive oil ans add salt to taste. Drizzle over your greens and toss well.
Other Healthy Tag-alongs:
Seeds from half a Pomegranate
2-3 tbsp Flax seeds
Create a bed of salad greens tossed in vinaigrette. Place sliced grilled chicken on top. Sprinkle some pomegranate seeds and flax seeds to finish your salad off with a good healthy boost. Don’t waste time taking beautiful pictures of your salad from different angles and then putting it up on instagram. Devour it while the chicken is still hot! And let me know whether you found it “yummy” or just “interesting”. I for one, enjoyed it quite a bit =D