Thursday, March 27, 2008

Food on the Move/working Lunches continue...

Goat's cheese, pear and pecan salad

A brilliant combination of flavours that is very simple to fling together.


1 slice firm goat's cheese (approximately 75-100g/23/4- 3 1/2oz), sliced or crumbled into chunks

1 ripe pear, cored and thinly sliced

1 tbsp pecan halves (roughly chopped, if you prefer)

1 Little Gem lettuce, washed and drained, and torn into bite-sized pieces A couple of good handfuls of watercress, roughly chopped or torn

Scatter the cheese, pear slices and nuts over a bed of lettuce and watercress. The fat and flavour from the nuts and cheese mean that you shouldn't need extra dressing.


increase to 4 rough oatcakes

Salade nicoise

Diet Start

You can make this celebrated French classic salad as quick or as complicated as you like. If you have time, do include the capers and spring onions, as they add so much to the overall flavour.


1/2 x 185g (61/2oz) can or jar of tuna, drained (140g (5oz) drained) 1/2 Romaine lettuce or 2 Little Gem lettuces, washed well,dried and torn into bite-sized pieces

3 spring onions, sliced on the diagonal (optional)

3 pitted black olives, roughly chopped

1 tsp capers, well rinsed (optional)

1 egg, hard-boiled for 8 minutes, shelled and chopped into smallish chunks

2 anchovies in oil, drained on kitchen paper (optional) 6 cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 x 410g (141/2oz) can mixed pulses, drained and rinsed

1/2 x 225g (8oz) can cooked French green beans, drained and rinsed well to remove any salty water

Freshly ground black pepper


1 tbsp ready-made vinaigrette

1 Toss all the salad ingredients together.

2 Pour over the dressing and toss again, gently.


serve with 3 small boiled baby new potatoes (in addition to the mixed pulses)

Smoked salmon with cottage cheese salad

The creamy, mild flavour of cottage cheese goes beautifully with the salty, sweet salmon. This dish is rich in essential fats from the oily salmon, and low in saturated fat, as cottage cheese is virtually fat-free.


1/2x 150g (51/2oz) bag fully prepared mixed salad leaves, organic where possible

2.5cm (1 in) chunk cucumber, finely sliced

125g (41/2oz) cottage cheese

1/2 x 75g (2 3/4oz) pack smoked salmon, torn into strips 1 tbsp lemon juice

Freshly ground black pepper

1 Place the leaves and cucumber on a plate. Put the cottage cheese and salmon on top.

2 Drizzle with lemon juice and season with plenty of black pepper.


serve with 2 slices of pumpernickel-style rye bread or 5 rough oatcakes

Mackerel and chickpea salad

Strongly flavoured mackerel is an oily fish that is a rich source of omega-3 essential fats, which are required for skin, hormones and brain function. Its rich flavour works well with the salty olive tapenade and the mild chickpeas.


1/2 x 225g (8oz) jar or can mackerel fillets in oil, drained and placed on kitchen paper to absorb excess oil (160g (53/4oz) drained weight)

1/2x 410g (141/2oz) can chickpeas

1 tbsp tapenade

1/2 x 150g (51/2oz) bag fully prepared baby or young leaf spinach, organic where possible, finely sliced or shredded

1 celery stick, finely sliced (optional)

2.5cm (1 in) chunk cucumber, diced (optional)

Tip all the ingredients in a bowl and mix so that the fish flakes and everything else becomes coated in tapenade.


add 50g (13/4oz) (dry weight) quinoa or a toasted mini wholemeal pitta bread

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