The one recipe I keep coming back to in my kitchen is this simple & easy salad. Carrots and cucumbers are two staples I always have in my fridge. Ready to be eaten any time of the day as a healthy snack or be whipped up into something really easy like this salad when I am short on time.
When we first transition from a processed food to a more whole food diet which requires a lot more preparation and cooking having simple, easy and great tasting recipes at hand help make that transition easier. Being on a whole food diet to me is a no-brainer even if one does not have any chronic illness to begin with simply eating fresh, clean produce cooked with love at home is all the more healthier for everyone.
If we do have a chronic illness, switching to a whole food diet gives us more energy and helps us in so many ways to manage our illness and symptoms that we won’t want to go back eating processed food or any food that exacerbates our condition again! Every time I see someone eating a pizza, I don’t crave for it as I did in my ‘previous’ life because I know how I would feel the next day. The joint pain, foggy brain and exhaustion that I will experience makes me not crave for it.
People who don’t understand gluten or food intolerances or how autoimmune diseases react to such intolerances may think that I am missing out on all the wonderful things life has to offer like cheese and pizza but if I ate that pizza I will miss out on a better quality of life. I choose a better quality of life over gluten and dairy any day!
It is simple really, we get to live a better quality of life with better quality of food. Food that is fresh, organic, grass fed and unprocessed. Food that is cooked at home with no additives.
This is a clean and simple recipe so the ingredients have no place to hide. I recommend using organic carrots, parsley and cucumber if possible and you will definitely taste the difference in the final product.
Always, always use good quality minimally processed sea salt, like the Himalayan pink salt, Celtic salt or Murray river salt. It makes food taste good and it contains so many minerals which are essential for our body and unlike normal processed salt which only has Sodium and Chloride.
When using good quality salt you will find that you don’t need to add a myriad of sauces (which have a lot of other stabilisers and additives in there) into your cooking to make them taste good, the salt will do that for you. So instead of buying different bottles of sauces, I invest in good quality salt which benefits my body and taste buds as well.
Carrot and Cucumber Salad with red onion – Serves 2 large portions
- 1 large organic carrot
- 2 large organic cucumbers
- 1/2 medium red onion thinly sliced
- handful of organic parsley roughly chopped
- 1 heaped tbsp of chopped chives
- 3 tbsp of olive oil
- 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
- freshly ground pepper and good quality sea salt to taste
OK this is how you roll:
Shred the carrots and cucumbers (we don’t want the middle seeded part of the cucumber for this recipe) with a serrated vegetable peeler into a large mixing bowl. Add in the onions, parsley & chives next. In a small bowl or jar whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper. Pour the dressing into the large mixing bowl and toss everything well.
Lastly, serve immediately as a side to any grilled meat or fish. Eat healthy, be happy and live mindfully!
Let me know if you liked this recipe and would you try it at home? I would love to hear your comments!