Thursday, March 27, 2008

Food on the Move/working Lunches

A salad doesn't have to mean limp lettuce,soggy tomato and curling cucumber. Add enough interesting, nutritious ingredients, such as those used in these recipes, and it turns into a tasty, satisfying main meal. Plus, it is an excellent way to incorporate plenty of raw vegetables easily into your diet, for fibre and vitamins to keep you feeling and looking in the pink.

A note on dressings

You can use 1 tbsp ready-made dressing (choose one with negligible or no added sugar) or drizzle balsamic vinegar or lemon juice and a Little extra virgin olive oil on your salad to add flavour. You can also add taste without fat by adding full-flavoured ingredients like mustard, tamari or soy sauce, crushed garlic, grated ginger and fresh herbs. Bear in mind that pickles and chutneys can be heavily sweetened so go easy on them.

Diet Start

Chicken, sun-blush tomato and pine nut salad

A classic combination of Italian flavours that is easy to prepare.


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

75g (23/4oz) skinned, cooked chicken meat, or a small cooked chicken breast fillet, sliced into bite-sized pieces

2 tsp pine nuts

4 pieces sun-blush tomato, roughly chopped, or a handful of cherry tomatoes, halved

2.5cm (1 in) chunk cucumber, diced

2 tbsp ready-made dressing (low in sugar or sugar-free)or a mixture of balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil

Freshly ground black pepper

Mix together the salad ingredients, dressing and pepper.


increase to 90g (31/4oz) (dry weight) quinoa or serve the salad with a wholemeal pitta bread

Greek salad

One of the best salad combinations ever. It's ideal for a picnic.


1 small red onion, diced

6 cherry tomatoes, halved

7.5cm (3in) chunk cucumber, diced

1 tbsp pitted black olives, roughly chopped

75g (23/4oz) feta cheese Freshly ground black pepper


1 tbsp ready-made (sugar free) vinaigrette, or mix together:

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 2 tsp white wine vinegar,

1/2 tsp dried oregano, freshly ground black pepper

1 Combine the vegetables and olives, add the dressing and toss.

2 Crumble the feta over the top and lightly toss through the vegetables. 3 Season with black pepper and chill lightly or serve immediately.


replace pulses or potatoes with 1 wholemeal pitta bread

Tuna and tomato salad

Try this lower fat, more interesting alternative to tuna mayo. The butterbeans not only add flavour and texture to the dish but they also provide fibre and hormone-balancing phytoestrogens.


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

1/2x 400g (14oz) can chopped tomatoes in tomato juice (get thebest quality you can find)

1/2 red onion, finely sliced or diced

1/2x 185g (61/2oz) can tuna, drained (140g (5oz) drained weight)

Sprinkle of herbed salt (if you can find it), or use sea salt or low-sodium saltplus 1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs or Italian mixed herbs (herbs are optional)

1/2 x 150g (51/2oz) bag fully prepared salad leaves, organic where possible,or 75g (2 3/4oz) lettuce

Freshly ground black pepper

1 Place the beans, tomatoes, onion and tuna in a bowl. Mix together and season to taste with herbed salt and pepper.

2 Spoon on top of the salad.


add 3 sun-blush tomato pieces to the tuna mixture

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