Cooking is no easy task. Especially when you don’t have the proper equipment and are always pressed for time. However, with a bit of imagination, some research, and a sharp knife, you can make so many dishes! Students are often in a rush, whether it be to submit an assignment or to eat. Regarding the first one, writing papers really stops being that stressful once you get pro help, you can get such help from services such as WritePaper. And as for meals, here are 2 salads that you can make in under 15 minutes!
Basically, any salad can come together in less than 15 minutes. And before you discard salads as ‘not nutritious’ and ‘a bunch of leaves’, let us tell you a secret: you can add protein to that. Protein is what makes you full for a long time and gives you energy. Although salad leaves do contain some protein too, a human needs much more to survive.
So, here are a few salads that will have you feeling full and won’t take much time to prepare.
Mango Cobb Salad
- ground coriander;
- ground cumin;
- ground turmeric;
- crushed red pepper flakes;
- extra-virgin olive oil;
- chicken (breast or thighs will do)
- lime juice
- small red onion
- cherry tomatoes
- mint, basil leaver, red pepper flakes (for serving)
Mix the spices in a small bowl. Heat the oil in a nonstick on medium heat. Add the garlic and let it brown to infuse the oil. Season the chicken with salt and add to the skillet. Once it’s almost done, sprinkle it with spices and turn off the heat. Leave the chicken to finish cooking in the pan, once done, transfer to a plate.
For the dressing, take 5 tbsp of olive oil, add lime juice and salt. Whisk together.
Then, prepare all your veggies. Place lettuce, sliced avocados, halved tomatoes, cubed mangos, onion, and your chicken on a plate. Sprinkle with dressing and add some herbs to serve.
Avocados are rich in fats, while chicken is an amazing source of protein. Once you add mango to this salad, you will never want to do it any other way! Also, you can definitely remove onions if you don’t like them. But the sweetness of red onion will play wonderfully in this sweet and savory ensemble.
Chickpeas are an awesome source of vegan protein. They also have a rather neutral taste, which means they can be paired with nearly anything. Try this salad if you’re in a rush but don’t want to compromise on your lunch. Also, this recipe serves 6 people, so if you need a quick snack, there’s no need to make that much.
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1 medium-sized cucumber
- 1 bell pepper
- ½ small red onion
- ¼ cup olives
- ½ cup feta
- salt & pepper
for the dressing:
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
- ½ lemon juice
- 1 tbsp parsley
- pinch red pepper flakes
- salt & pepper
To make the vinaigrette, combine all the ingredients in an air-tight container and shake until emulsified. To make the salad, toss together the chickpeas, chopped cucumber and bell pepper, diced onion, sliced olives, and crumbled feta. (Alternatively, you could cut the feta into cubes, but what’s the point if it’s going to crumble anyway?) Season with some salt and pepper to taste.
It’s always great to store salad ingredients at home. Once you find the basic set of ingredients you like, your grocery store trips will become much easier and faster. Here’s a list to give you some inspiration.
- Salad base
Leafy and hearty greens, herbs, and even cabbage work really well as a starting point for your salad.
- Grains or beans
To make a salad really more like a meal and less like a snack, try adding grains and/or beans. Quinoa, buckwheat, couscous all work very well in salads and contain a lot of protein.
Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, avocado, canned corn, some fruit like watermelons or mango are just to name a few. Experiment with different combos to find what you like best. Also, keep in mind that produce that is in season always tastes best.
- Savory ingredients
To add more of that umami flavor, try adding cheeses, olives, or different kinds of meat. Jamón and prosciutto can really enliven a salad. And olives or capers will add some of that tang.
- Add nuts & seeds
Where else would you add them if not salads? These tiny things are packed with healthy nutrients and proteins, too. Try adding walnuts, almonds, or cashews for that sweetness. And flax, pumpkin, chia, and sesame seeds pack a punch of nutrients.
Vinaigrette is one of the most popular salad dressings out there. It works very well with vegetable salads. However, it does take some time to prepare. Instead, you can dress your salads with extra-virgin olive oil. Also, keeping a few lemons in your fridge is a great idea if you’re going to explore the salad world. For a creamier sauce, you could mix some greek yogurt with mayo and dill. Add salt and pepper and here’s your sauce! Try not to overdo the mayonnaise, though, it can have a very intense flavor that not everybody likes.
Salads are not that complicated once you get the hang of it. Experiment with different ingredients and dressings, try out unusual combos and don’t be scared of new things! What might seem like a mistake at first can turn out to be a delicious new dish.