My criteria for a Perfect Meal is one that maximizes nutrition, minimizes preparation time/effort, and is appealing to a wide range of taste buds – including many kids.
I submit for your consumption, my choice for the Perfect Meal, my House Salad.
My House Salad: (Pictures of different combinations below).
- Sliced chicken breast or salmon**
- Any or all – Romaine, mixed baby-kales, red/green chard and baby spinach,
- Sliced oranges, watermelon, grapefruit and/or pineapple
- Sliced Jicama
- Optional – Pine Nuts, Sunflower and/or Pumpkin seeds
- Optional – shredded Parmesan cheese
- If you need crunch, croutons are optional, but Jicama can usually satisfy your crunch cravings.
- Optional Dressing
- Simple: Honey and Orange Juice
- Complex: Apricot, Lime Juice, Olive Oil, Chile or Arbol Pepper (remove seeds), Chili Powder, Honey and Salt
- Prep time – 10-15 min.
- Difficulty Level – Super Easy
Although these may sound like odd combinations, just try it, it’s awesome and satisfying!
There is not one person that I know, child or adult who has not liked this salad.
I’m big into experimenting with food combinations and this salad is very receptive to adding your personal creative touch. It is very versatile in its wide range of flavor and texture combinations.
Nutritionally, it is a fantastic balance of protein, carbohydrates, fat and fiber. This salad is extremely high in fiber, not only from the leafy vegetables, but also from the Jicama, one of the highest sources of fiber of any food group. I will go on record as saying that this is one example of a Perfect Meal.
Do you have a Perfect Meal? Comment and Share it below!
**if you are a strict “Veggie” who does not eat any meat, keep in mind that only dairy, Quinoa and soybean based foods are complete proteins, and therefore the only satisfactory alternatives to meat/fish/eggs. Although some plant based proteins have all 9 amino acids, they are not all in sufficient quantities to satisfy the requirement of “correct proportion” to be considered a complete protein. This is also why combining vegetable/fruit based proteins falls short.