Warm Mediterranean Salad

Ingredients

  • Leafy salad mix
  • Sweet potato
  • Pumpkin
  • Carrot
  • Beetroot
  • Dukkah
  • Feta
  • Lemon juice
  • Ground cumin seed
  • Coriander powder
  • Chicken breast
  • Byron bay chilli co. "Fiery coconut chilli sauce"

Some fun facts

  • Beetroot provides excellent support to the liver in the detoxification process. So good in fact that most detox supplements have beetroot in it and some are even based solely on it. Use organic to maximise its detox work. The pectin in the liver binds to cholesterol excreted from the liver and other metabolic wastes the liver is trying to get rid of in the bile and removes it from the body in your poo! How good is that!?! It therefore also helps in managing cholesterol levels. Beetroot also contains the nutrient betaine which helps prevent the deposit of plaque on the walls of blood vessels. This plaque deposit is associated with increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Betaine is also used in protein supplements to boost muscle mass and strength, improving endurance and helping to lower body fat. And it is naturally occurring!!
  • Cumin seeds are potent little detoxifiers and antioxidants promoting overall health and wellbeing. They are also a great source of iron. However its digestive benefits that make the cumin really stand strong in a health diet. The essential oils thymol and cuminaldehyde stimulate the digestive juices all the way from the mouth to the pancreas increasing the absorption and digestion of this nutrient dense meal. It also relieves bloating and gas after meals. The iron and vitamin c and a combined with its essential oils means it works well building up the integrity of the immune system and as an antimicrobial. 
  • Sweet potatoes are another great source of iron and vit c... and vit D... and magnesium.... and potassium... and vit B6.... well you get the point. What is fantastic about this little root vegetable is that it is a great source of slow release energy, preventing post meal sugar spikes and helping the feeling of satiety to last longer. Being low on the glycemic index scale they can help reduce insulin resistance and the onset of diabetes. 

Method

  1. Cut the carrots, beetroot, pumpkin and sweet potato into cubes.
  2. Preheat oven to 200c. Grease an oven tray with coconut oil and put them onto the tray. Sprinkle cumin seeds and coriander over the top. Flip after 10 min. Cook for 20 min. until soft and golden brown. 
  3. Dice the chicken and fry to seal in the juices. Add a couple of dollops of the coconut curry sauce and a half cup of water. Mix the sauce through until it has a watery consistency. Boil down the watery mixture until it is no longer runny.
  4. Build your salad! Lay out your leafy mix, add vegetables, chicken and feta and sprinkle with dukkah. Finish off squeezing a quarter of a lemon over the salad.