All the vegetables used in the recipe are in season, in spring and summer. Pay attention to where they are grown and preferably use those that come from your country or a country close to yours. Do not make this recipe in winter or autumn. In addition, the recipe is balanced, with vegetables that are good for your health, proteins (fish), a dairy product (goat’s cheese) and starchy foods (bread). There is not a lot of fat, which is perfect!
Can a potato salad ever be healthy? Potatoes sometimes have a bad reputation for being high in calories. Considering how satiating they can be, their nutritional value is “ok”. Traditional German potato salad is prepared with lots and lots of store bought mayonnaise – below you can find a lighter version using vegetable broth (and a little bit of oil) instead.
This is green and healthy because…
Asparagus is in season in spring in Europe. Don’t buy it out of season, because then it’s flown here from Peru (and then it’s most assuredly not good for the climate).
Of course, every vegetable is good for your health. You definitely should consider skipping the meat and just eat the veggies. It’s still yummy!
Many vegetables have positive “side-effects”. Here are some for asparagus:
- is good against cancer
- helps in weight loss
- is good for your heart
- relieves hangovers
- lowers your risk of diabetes
- treats rheumatism
- relieves depression
- helps with blood cholesterol
- contains vitamin E
- is full of vitamin K
- boosts your mood
Some people say that salads are boring. Or that they don’t have any taste. Or that they are difficult to prepare. None of that is true. Just get creative and toss together a few fresh veggies and voilà, you’ve got a meal.
Serve your salad with a slice of bread on the side. Or mix in a handful of pre-cooked pasta, lentils, potatoes, or rice. In this way, you have created a filling meal. (Also, it’s a good method to use leftover pasta etc. – use salads of all kinds to reduce your food waste.)
Lentils are used all around the world. They may be used in all kinds of dishes, for example salads, stews or as a side dish. They can also be used to replace meat, for example by substituting it in a Bolognese Sauce or by creating a loaf. Here’s a quick and easy version of a lentil soup from Germany.
Lentils are known to be quite healthy: They are low in calories but high in fiber, minerals and proteins. Another plus is that they are relatively low cost.
For this recipe, you may use any type of lentils – depending on the version you use, you might have to adapt cooking times slightly: Brown lentils tend to need longer cooking times, red lentils are soft more quickly.