Leek Salad with Soybean Sprouts

This leek salad combines sweet and savory for a delicious light and refreshing salad.

Ingredients:

1 serving of soybean sprouts
1 serving of leeks
1 serving of fruit (mango or apple would work great!)
Curry powder
Balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Cut your fruit of choice into pieces. Wash soybean sprouts and set a small portion aside. Wash the leeks, peel them and cut them into thin rings. Heat a pan with a little water and cook the soybean sprouts and leeks in it briefly. Season with curry powder, salt, pepper and vinegar. Allow to cool, add fruit and serve.

Chickpea and Mint Salad

This light salad is packed full of flavor and absolutely delicious. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Ingredients:
1 serving of chickpeas
1 serving of vegetables
Apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of oil
Fresh parsley
Fresh mint
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Wash the chickpeas, soak overnight and then cook them (if you are pressed for time canned chickpeas work as well). Prepare a salad from the vegetables of your choice and a dressing from the remaining ingredients. Drain the chickpeas, cook over medium heat until crispy, season and add over the salad. Enjoy! 

Tip: The mint taste becomes more intense if you prepare the dressing a few hours before eating and let the flavors develop.

Carrot Ginger Salad

This carrot and ginger salad is perfect for anyone in Phase 3 of their plan! Give it a try and let us know what you think.

Ingredients:
1 serving of vegetables (carrots, spring onions)
Fresh ginger
1/4 tsp. coriander seed
1 Tbsp. lemon oil
Lime juice
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Toast the coriander seeds in a dry pan, let them cool and then use a mortar and pestle to grind finely. Wash and clean the carrots and then grate finely. Wash the spring onions and then slice into thin rings. Peel the ginger and grate finely. Set aside a teaspoon of spring onion for the garnish. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix. Season to taste and garnish with the spring onions before serving. For extra flavor try experimenting with other spices and flavors such as chili. Enjoy with your protein of choice!

Mushroom Salad with Croutons

In keeping with this week’s salad theme we have another delicious recipe today. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Ingredients:
1 serving of oyster mushrooms
1 serving of lettuce
1 serving of papaya
Apple cider vinegar
Garlic clove
Salt and pepper
Rye bread

Preparation:
Clean the lettuce, wash it and spin it dry. Chop the garlic finely. Thinly slice the mushrooms. Halve the papaya, remove the seeds with a spoon and cut into slightly larger cubes. Heat a pan and cook the mushrooms with the garlic and season with salt and pepper. Arrange mushrooms, lettuce and papaya cubes on a plate, drizzle with vinegar, and season lightly with salt and pepper. Cut bread into cubes, season and roast in a pan until crispy. Add the croutons to the salad and enjoy!

Field Salad with Walnuts

Even though it’s cold outside, we don’t always have to have a warm meal – today we have a recipe for a delicious winter salad.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups (35 g) lamb’s lettuce (can substitute other leafy vegetables)
25 g chopped walnuts
1 shallot
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. oil
1 serving of protein (whatever is on your plan)
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Wash and then pat dry the lamb’s lettuce. Whisk the vinegar, oil, shallots, salt and pepper together for the dressing. Add the walnuts to the lamb’s lettuce, add the dressing and serve with your protein of choice!

Asian White Cabbage Salad with Shiitake Mushrooms

This Asian inspired, warm salad is great as a quick lunch or dinner and is packed full of flavor!

Ingredients:
1 serving of shiitake mushrooms
1 serving of vegetables (such as white cabbage and peppers)
1 garlic clove
Soy sauce
Apple cider vinegar
Fresh herbs (such as chili, coriander)
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Wash the vegetables and then cut the cabbage, mushrooms, and peppers into thin strips. Peel the garlic and chop it finely. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a wok or in a large pan and fry the cabbage in it. Add the peppers, shiitake mushrooms, garlic and cook briefly. For the dressing, mix the pepper, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce (without sugar, without wheat) and fresh herbs (if you like it spicy try adding some chili). Mix the dressing with the vegetables, allow to marinate for 5-10 minutes, and then enjoy!

Beet-orange salad with Walnuts

Our beet themed week continues with another delicious and refreshing recipe!

Ingredients:
1 serving of walnuts
1 orange
1 serving of beets
Walnut oil
Grated horseradish
Salt and pepper

Preparation:

Grate the beets and juice an orange. Chop the walnuts roughly and roast them in a dry pan. Keep 1 1/2 tablespoon of nuts for the garnish. Make a dressing with orange juice, oil, horseradish, salt and pepper. Then add the toasted walnuts and beets together and mix the dressing. Sprinkle with leftover nuts and enjoy!

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