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Big Mac Salad Recipe

I’ve already posted in the past about why I think having a large salad is a good choice for the last meal of the day (which you can read: here). For a quick summary, the high physical volume keeps you feeling full and satisfied well until you go to sleep while the low-calorie density provides a buffer for any other choices made earlier in the day. An added bonus is that the high vitamin and mineral content of fresh veggies should top up a large portion of your required daily intake. While the benefits of this habit are clear, I think this time of day is the hardest time to stay consistent and requires some variety. It is quite easy to have the same breakfast and lunch most days just out of habit and convenience while you are busy getting on with the days tasks. When it comes to the evening our mental willpower is diminished making deviating from your planned diet all the more tempting. Therefore it is nice to have some variety and have something “special” to look forward to on different days. Taking time to make more of an “experience” out of the last meal of the day also helps with satiety, keeping you feeling fuller for longer. For this reason I always have about 7 or 8 different recipes that I cycle through so that I can have something different most days of the week. Sometimes I will make a big batch and have the same thing two days in a row if there’s leftovers but I will rarely have the same thing 3 or more days in a row, its nice to have some variety and always be looking forward to the next thing I fancy making that I "haven't had in a while". My "Massaged Kale Salad" recipe I posted previously is a great quick option to throw together requiring very little prep. If I have a bit more time then this “Big Mac Salad” Recipe is one of my favourites. It tastes just like a Big Mac from McDonald’s but it's a salad! Way, way healthier, much lower in fat and calories while being packed with tons of nutrients and, except for the lentils, this recipe is made from Raw Foods (maximising the amount of nutrients available in the food). *If you wanted to make a 100% Raw Vegan version of this meal then it would be pretty easy to substitute the cooked lentils for diced mushrooms that have been dehydrated, that would give it pretty much the same texture and taste. Okay so here’s the Recipe:

Big Mac Salad Recipe This recipe makes enough for 4 Servings, so make a big bowl and invite some friends to share it with you. They will be blown away with how much it tastes like McDonalds!

INGREDIENTS (makes 4 servings)

For the dressing:

  • 50g raw cashews (soaked in hot water for 20 mins)

  • 2 dates (soaked)

  • ¼ cup hot water

  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar

  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 3 Tablespoon low-sodium vegetable broth

  • 1 Tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari

  • 1 clove of garlic

  • 1/2 of a medium Red Onion

  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika

  • 1 teaspoon of dried seaweed (I use wakame or you can use 1/2 tsp sea salt instead.)

  • ½ teaspoon wholegrain mustard

For the lentils:

  • 400g cooked lentils, drained and rinsed

  • 3 Tablespoons low-sodium vegetable broth

  • 1 Tablespoon water

  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste

  • ½ teaspoon reduced-sodium tamari

  • 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast

  • 1 clove fresh garlic (diced)

  • 1/2 red onion (diced)

  • 1/2 teaspoon wholegrain mustard

  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

For the Salad Base:

  • 1 head of Iceberg lettuce (shredded)

  • 1.5 red onions, (diced)