Making a Meal of a Salad
Salad meals are my absolute favorite. You can get really creative with color, texture and flavor. The basics would be to choose your “bed of greens.” Then, choose your add in’s. You could stick with other veggies such as cucumber, celery, avocado, carrots, cabbage, artichoke hearts, pickled onions, parsley, cilantro, etc. You can even add in some legumes or grains if you like those. I like garnishing mine with a sprinkle of seeds and sea weed flakes. Then, you can add a protein of your choice and your favorite dressing. Voila! You have a healthy, delicious masterpiece with magic in every bite. I encourage all of my medical weight loss patients to create a “signature” salad on the program.
A Wonderful Chimichurri Chicken Salad
First, go out and gather your favorite salad ingredients. Here is a nice general idea below. I like to go out and find a clean chimichurri sauce or you can use this recipe below in the instructions.
For this salad, you will need
- 4 skinless chicken breasts
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 5 cups lettuce leaves, washed and dried
- 3 ripe tomatoes , sliced
- ½ a red onion , sliced
- 2 avocados , sliced
- Fresh parsley leaves , to garnish
Make a batch of Chimichurri using this recipe, in a small bowl or jug.
Pour 4 tablespoons of Chimichurri in a shallow dish and then coat the chicken fillets.
Allow to marinade for 20 min or so (Refrigerate the rest of the Chimichurri to use as a dressing if you desire)
Heat the oil in a grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat and grill chicken fillets on each side until cooked through.
Once chicken is cooked, set aside.
Slice chicken into strips and prepare salad with leaves, tomatoes, onion and avocado slices.
Drizzle with remaining Chimichurri dressing and serve with (optional) extra parsley leaves.
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