When it’s hot outside, salads and easy-to-prepare meals might be just what your body is craving.
But often, cold meals neglect an important aspect in meal planning that satiates and keeps your blood sugar even (helping you to feel great and free to engage in the day’s activities).
When asked what is a fast protein that is neither eggs or canned tuna and does not require cooking, I say right way, “Smoked fish!” Delicious and easy. Remember to stock it in your fridge (look for wild-caught fish without preservatives or sugar). I found this Blue Hill Bay’s Smoked Whitefish at Whole Foods and it went deliciously over a plate of frisee with sliced oranges and carrots.
Here is a super quick recipe that offers healthy protein, and requires no cooking:
Smoked Whitefish Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette over Frisee:
4 ounces of smoked whitefish (or any smoked fish that you like)
1 bunch of frisee lettuce (or your lettuce of choice)
1/2 fresh orange, thinly sliced
1/2 cup peeled and chopped carrots (I used rainbow carrots)
Fresh cilantro to garnish
1/4 cup olive or avocado oil
2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. sea salt
Black or white pepper to taste (omit pepper if you are adhering to the Autoimmune Protocol).
In a large bowl, whisk your olive (or avocado) oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh lemon juice and sea salt.
Roughly chop your frisee and add to your bowl of vinaigrette.
Toss your carrots and smoked whitefish (remove skin and bones, if it has any) in your salad and then pour it all on your serving plate.
Arrange the orange slices on your salad and garnish with fresh cilantro.
And that is it! You can add all sorts of veggies and healthy fats to this meal, such as sliced radish, chopped celery, cherry tomatoes, avocado or nuts and seeds. Customize it to make it a salad that you look forward to quickly putting together on a hot day that begs no cooking.
Hope you enjoy this AIP, Paleo and Whole30 meal idea!