Now, before you make the joke that vegans only eat grass and salads, I'm going to have to stop you. I for one, have always professed to be a carb queen and the idea of facing cold leaves, especially bitter, disappointing and vile rocket (Yeah, I hate rocket. Can you tell?) at the end of a hard day makes me want to cry. But recently, it's becoming more and more apparent that the concept of 'salad' isn't a one size fits all. With an abundance of vegetables, grains, sauces and toppers, there's no excuse not to find something that works for you.
On the subject of things that are currently working for me, Squeaky Bean is one of them. They are a newly launched food brand, selling meat alternatives (and pancakes funnily enough) which boast high protein and low saturated fat. If you follow me on Instagram @colettegeorgefitness, most weeks I'll post stories of my lunch, brunch or dinner containing some of their chicken-style pieces. I love the versatility of the products and how easy it can be to bump up my daily protein intake. 100g of their Tikka marinated pieces contain 22g of protein and at 192 calories, it's a real staple for me.
I've been using the pieces recently with the salads I've been taking to work and I've found a combination of carb, fat and protein-filled ingredients that keep me full, energised and always looking forward to lunch. I've detailed my meal prep below for those of you that are inspired to use Squeaky Bean products for yourself or are looking for some salad inspo! I usually get about 4/5 servings in total, depending on how hungry I am.
I've deconstructed it for the purpose of the photo, but on a weekday you can find all these ingredients in the same Tupperware container...
Lentil, Sun-Dried Tomato and Quinoa Salad
1 container of Squeaky Bean Tikka Style Pieces
1 small gem lettuce, chopped
1/2 of a large cucumber, diced
4 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1/3 of a can of green lentils
1/2 of a lemon, juiced
1 capful of cider vinegar
60g Cooked Quinoa
There is no method -I just chuck all the ingredients together in a big bowl/container and take a portion out as and when I need it. I like to keep my salads nice and simple, but you can add further seasonings/toppings e.g sauerkraut to your specific taste. This is a useful trick if you're short on time/effort/sleep.
What are your salad must haves?
*All thoughts and opinions are my own.