[dropcap]B[/dropcap]ack when I worked at an advertising agency, buying lunch everyday was a sure fire way to drain my bank account- especially in Soho. I was lucky that my workplace was intent on feeding us healthy food (but also plied staff with massive amounts of booze…) but as Simplyhealth have written, eating well promotes good productivity. We had an amazing cafe on the ground floor serving up healthy and delicious food that was pretty cheap and every Wednesday would be the big, green, chunky salad day aka the best day of the week.
Working from home now means that at lunch time, instead of popping out to my nearest Pret or market, I have to get into the kitchen and whip something up. And you know what that means…it has to be easy and quick, because a girl can’t live on cereal alone. A Caeasar salad is my usual go to lunch- it’s easy, light, and quick to put together. I’ve tweaked the recipe a few times depending on what I fancied, but this flavour combination is my recent favourite- Honey and Garlic Pepper!
Here’s my take on my favourite lunch time meal…
You’ll need the following: (serves one)
1 chicken breast
a handful of lamb’s leaf lettuce
a handful of rocket
half of a gem lettuce
croutons (store bought is fine)
Caesar salad dressing
Cut the chicken breast length ways- cutting the meat this thin will help it to cook through quickly and thoroughly. Sprinkle both sides with garlic pepper, salt, and a very small drizzle of honey. Rub the mixture all over and then fry in a pan on medium heat, until brown and caramelised all over (about 3 minutes on each side, depending how thick the chicken breast is) Move the chicken to a chopping board, then you can assemble the salad.
Cut the Gem lettuce in rough pieces, add to the bowl and throw in the lamb’s leaf lettuce and rocket too. Add in your croutons and drizzle the salad dressing all over, to your taste.
Cut the chicken breast into slivers and add to the salad bowl.
Lastly, grate as little or as much parmesan cheese as you want all over.
The chicken will still be warm and the cheese will melt into it- it’s heavenly.
Garlic pepper is one of my favourite ingredients and I use it in almost everything! It gives a nice little something to any dish and I always have it stashed in my spice cupboard. You can add any extras you fancy to this- olives, pecans, roasted red peppers. It takes no time to put together and feels a lot healthier than a Pret baguette everyday.