I’m going to admit something here: I am currently NOT feeling the vegetables, or the paleo movement. I am feeling the carbs, and the sugar. Probably because, you know, Fall. Also, some eating disorder-y type stuff that I’ve written about before.
I have a sort of general ennui when it comes to eating and making food, which is tragic if you know me. Because I adore food. I adore eating it, I adore cooking it, I love being a fancy pants and trying unusual and spectacular cuisine…
But I currently do not give a shit for any food whatsoever. It’s bizarre.
All the same, I am posting this lovely salad in order to motivate myself to eat it. I know it’s not particularly seasonal, but I don’t care. Take your pumpkin spice and shove it. This is an easy meal that really satiates, because of the balance of fat and protein. And you will have gotten a decent amount of veggies in your belly, which is important. And yes, it’s Whole30 compliant. If you’re wondering why in hell you might want to try a Whole30, after looking at that website, you can check out all my reasons for doing one here.
Amped Up Paleo Cobb Salad
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes*
1 large heart of Romaine lettuce, chopped
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup sugar snap peas, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, diced
1/2 yellow or orange bell pepper, diced
1/2 English cucumber, diced
1 avocado, diced
2 hardboiled eggs, diced
1/4 cup walnut pieces
1/4 cup juice-sweetened cranberries
2 Tbs hemp seeds
4 large slices of Prosciutto Chips** broken into smaller pieces
2-3 Tbs Basic Vinaigrette***, or to taste
pre-cooked chicken breast, sliced into chunks
crumbled grass fed cheese of choice, if primal (not Whole30 compliant)
1. Wash and then chop all vegetables in a somewhat uniform size, about 1-inch pieces.
2. Divide vegetables evenly between two large bowls.
3. Add in 1 diced hardboiled egg per bowl.
4. Divide Prosciutto Chips evenly between bowls.
5. Top with nuts, seeds, cranberries and sliced chicken or cheese, if desired.
6. Add Basic Vinaigrette, and serve.
*Ingredients list contains several pre-cooked items! If you haven’t made these yet, please factor that into your prep time.
**I make these in the frying pan, because I’m lazy, but they are delicious either way.
***I make a simpler version of this, but if you’re unfamiliar with making dressing from scratch, this is a great recipe to start with.