Tuesday, March 27, 2007

I must stop spending so much money! - Salads

I've noticed that recently I've been spending too much money on takeaway and cafe food - and generally unhealthy stuff too - a pie or a focaccia on my lunch break at work; a muffin at uni when I sleep in and don't have time for breakfast; and coffees and any given time of day, for any reason at all.

Last week, I realised the folly of my ways, thought, "stop the madness!", and made a few salads to last me through the week.

Tessa Kiros' Chickpea, Coriander and Feta Salad

I remade this chickpea salad, which I'd originally made for my cousin Catherine's birthday. You will notice that the following picture is actually an old one, from the birthday night. The new batch I made looked exactly the same, and I am happy to say, tasted just as good. I did use tinned chickpeas this time, to make it a low-effort exercise. Still good!
















Nigella's Green Lentil and Goat's Cheese Salad

For this one, I cooked French green lentils rather then using tinned. (Tinned lentils = mushy = not right for a salad!) The salad also contains goat's cheese, roasted capsicum and mint. Fabulous!
















Whilst I was making those salads, I cooked some brown rice, because I wanted to make Karen Martini's fabulous brown rice salad. I've made it twice now, but never blogged it, because it is so delicious that we always finish eating it before I get a chance to get to the computer. Soon, soon. However, after making the above 2 salads, I was all salad-ed out, so I didn't end up making that salad this time.

The chickpea salad, the lentil salad and the plain brown rice ended up going together very well. And they lasted me about a week. Much healthier, and nicer than a meat pie! One scoop of lentil salad, one scoop of brown rice, and one scoop of chickpea salad - a delicious lunch, described aptly by my co-worker Paolo as a "health bomb".

5 comments:

f said...

Health bomb! Yay! Keep up the great ideas!

Kelly-Jane said...

Your salads lood great. I must try especially the Tessa one (hubby isn't too keen on lentils LOL).

'Health bomb' that is such a fantastic phrase. :) Will keep that one for future use ;)

KJxx

Truffle said...

Looks lovely and fresh!

Anonymous said...

please post the brown rice salad recipe.. i had the tess kiros salad the other night at a friends place and it was divine. am also a keen supporter of all things brown rice so i will wait eagerly for your post!

Sarah said...

Thanks guys!

Anonymous - I was actually looking for that recipe last week! I cut it out of a newspaper ages ago and seem to have misplaced it. :S

I definitely want to find it, so I'll have a rootle around in my papers, and see if I can find it. I've recently decided to stop posting recipes (copyright and whatnot), so pass me your email and I'll email it to you when I find it!

xox Sarah