Carrot and Sprout Salad

If you are looking for a light and delicious salad packed full of nutrients and flavor we have the recipe for you!

Ingredients:
1 serving of fresh soybean sprouts
1 serving of carrots
1 pinch of curry powder
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of freshly ground pepper
Balsamic vinegar

Preparation:
Wash, peel and grate carrots. Heat a pan with a little water and cook the soybean sprouts and the carrot briefly. Season with curry powder, salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar. Allow to cool and serve!

Tip: As an alternative this salad is also delicious raw or with a little bit of fresh chili.

Mushroom Salad

This mushroom salad with bread cubes is a great blend of sweet and savory and is perfect for summer.

Ingredients:
1 serving of oyster mushrooms
1 serving of lettuce
1 serving of papaya
A few drops of vinegar
Salt and pepper
Fresh garlic
Wholemeal rye bread

Preparation:
Clean the lettuce, wash it and spin it dry. Chop the garlic finely. Cut the mushrooms into bite-sized pieces. Halve the papaya, remove the seeds with a spoon and then remove the pulp with a spoon or knife and cut into slightly larger cubes. Heat a pan and cook the mushrooms and garlic until soft. Arrange mushrooms, lettuce, and papaya cubes on a plate, drizzle with vinegar, and season lightly with salt and pepper. Cut the bread into cubes, season and roast in a coated pan until crisp. Add to the vegetables and give everything a quick toss. Enjoy!

Tip: For extra flavor try adding other spices or herbs such as chili.

Romaine Lettuce

When you join the Metabolic Balance program you will receive a food list customized to your body and your goals. This includes everything from proteins, to starches, fats, and vegetables! Most plans includes wonderfully versatile ingredients such as romaine lettuce.

This vegetable is a great wrap for an easy and delicious lunch or delicious as a crisp and refreshing salad.
In addition to being tasty and versatile, romaine lettuce is also very nutritious. It is a great source of calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, and potassium, and is naturally low in sodium. Plus, romaine lettuce is a powerhouse of vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. All this nutrition makes it a great anti-oxidant food, great for bone health and heart health, and great for detoxing. Romaine lettuce is a talented all-rounder and definitely earns its place on your food list!

Source: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Summer Salad

One of the easiest dishes to throw together in the summer is a salad packed full of fresh vegetables and herbs. Simply chop up whatever vegetables are on your plan (cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, radishes, etc.), add a feta (if on your plan), fresh herbs, and some toasted rye bread croutons. Mix with your dressing of choice and enjoy.

Tip: To really allow flavors to develop, mix everything except the croutons together and stick the salad in the fridge for a few hours. When you are ready to serve the salad, mix in the croutons and enjoy!

Caprese Salad

One of the best things about the start of summer is all of the beautiful fresh produce that comes to markets and stores. One of our favorite dishes to make with fresh produce is a Caprese salad. Slice a few ripe and juicy tomatoes and layer with fresh herbs such as basil or even an herb based pesto. Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and some balsamic vinegar!

This recipe can also be modified and adapted with different vegetables and ingredients to fit almost any plan.

Lentil Salad with Raspberries

Ingredients (1 serving):
1 serving of Beluga lentils
1 serving of vegetables according to your plan (e. g. 1/2 tomato, cucumber, artichoke hearts, iceberg lettuce)
1 tbsp. of chopped shallots 
1/2 chopped garlic clove
1 serving of fresh raspberries
2 tbsp. of fresh basil
1/2 tsp. of fresh lemon thyme
1/2 tsp. of vegetable stock
3 tbsp. of olive oil
2 tbsp. of apple vinegar
1 pinch of cayenne pepper 
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Boil the Beluga lentils until al dente and then rinse with cold water. Cut the vegetables of your choice into bite-sized pieces. To make the dressing, mix the spices and herbs the oil and vinegar. Add the lentils, vegetables, and raspberries in a bowl and then pour over the dressing. Mix thoroughly and enjoy! 

By the way: Raspberries do not only taste great, they are also rich in fiber and stimulate digestion.

Light Spring Salad

This salad is fresh and delicious, perfect for phase 2. You can easily adjust this recipe to make it oil free by removing the avocado and making a dressing without it. This way you can enjoy the salad even in the first 14 days!

Ingredients:
1 serving of baby spinach
1 serving of chickpeas (if using dried make sure to soak overnight)
1 serving of bell pepper
25 g avocado
Apple cider vinegar
Fresh herbs (Basil, rosemary, chives all work great here)
Salt and pepper


Preparation:
Core the bell pepper and then cut into small, bite-sized pieces. Remove the pit of the avocado and then add it to a blender along with apple cider vinegar, water, and your herbs of choice. Blend until smooth and add water if the mixture is too thick. Then season with salt and pepper and set aside. In a bowl, add the baby spinach, chickpeas, and bell pepper. Pour the dressing over top and enjoy!

Endive, Papaya Salad with Mung Beans

If you are not familiar with mung beans, this delicious recipe is perfect to try!

Ingredients:
1 serving of mung beans
1 serving of endive 
1 portion of papaya 
1 serving of wholemeal rye bread
Vinegar
Salt, pepper

Preparation:
Soak the mung beans overnight, drain the soaking water and cook the beans in fresh water for approximately 30 minutes, then drain. Clean the endive, cutting out the hard middle stalk in a wedge shape, then cut into strips. Season the strips with salt, pepper, and vinegar. Peel the papaya, remove the seeds, dice and mix with the endive. Add the mung beans and enjoy as it is or with wholegrain rye bread.

Shiitake Mushroom Salad

Delicious salads are an essential part of all Metabolic Balance nutrition plans. Have you ever enjoyed a warm salad? How about this Asian inspired green cabbage salad with shiitake mushrooms? (This recipe is suitable from phase 2)

Ingredients for 1 portion:
1 serving shiitake mushrooms
1 serving vegetables (e.g., green cabbage, bell pepper)
1 clove of garlic
Spices: salt, pepper, tamari (wheat free soy sauce), apple cider vinegar, your choice of fresh herbs

Preparation:
Remove the stalk from the white cabbage and cut the cabbage into pieces. Halve the bell pepper, remove seeds and cut into strips. Clean the mushrooms with damp kitchen towel and slice. Peel the garlic and finely chop.
If in phase 2 w/o oil, heat 3 tablespoons of vegetable broth in non-stick wok. (When you are allowed to add oil you could use 3 coconut oil or ghee.) Add cabbage and sauté for 3-4 mins. Add bell pepper, shiitake mushrooms and garlic. Brown everything gently.

Salad Dressing: mix salt, pepper, apple cider vinegar, tamari and fresh herbs for the dressing and add pepper to taste. Add your dressing to the vegetables and enjoy while still warm. Enjoy your meal!

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How to Use Lavender

Are you ready for something a bit different? We love the use of lavender in the kitchen!

The famed French aromatic spice ‘Herbs de Provence’ has at its heart lavender and without lavender it simply wouldn’t be the same. Combined with the other herbs growing wild in Provence, such as thyme, rosemary, oregano, marjoram and savory, lavender gives a very special addition to so many vegetable and meat dishes. We love lavender added to sheep’s cheese when marinated in oil. MB 02-03 - Lavendel

Even award-winning cuisine has discovered the use of lavender in lamb dishes or desserts getting a slightly tart flavor from the delicate flowers. 

We suggest you try a lavender vinegar for crisp summer salads. Simply add a handful of lavender flowers to 750 ml white wine vinegar and leave in a cool, dark place for about two weeks. You can then strain the vinegar and pour into smaller, dark colored bottles.

Delicious!