This delicious and nutritious salad can be thrown together in just five minutes if you plan ahead and prep a few of the ingredients on your "prep day!" What is "prep day" you ask? Why that is the one day a week, you play your music and have a fun few hours in the kitchen, preparing your favorite whole foods for the week. In this case, you will want to have diced (can purchase pre cut) roasted butternut squash. I roast mine in an oven at 425 degrees for 25 minutes.
25 minutes, or ZERO if you prepare your squash on prep day!
1 Butternut Squash - About 1.5 pounds, chopped into bite sized cubes)
2 Boneless Chicken Breasts - Sliced (Grilled with a little Himalayan Sea Salt and Ground Fresh Pepper)
6 ounces Organic Spring Mix Greens - rinsed and dried
2 Cooked Beets - diced, I like to get Love Beets from Costco. They are delicious and ready to chop!
1 Avocado - sliced
1 Small Red Onion- cut into halves and then sliced
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts
Preheat Grill and Oven to 425 degrees
Chop the butternut squash and place on parchment paper on a roasting pan.
Cook for 25 minutes or until cooked to your preference. I like to see a little golden color on mine.
Sprinkle Himalayan Sea Salt and Ground Fresh Pepper on to the chicken breast and grill for about 5 minutes on each side.
While the chicken and squash are cooking, prepare the mixed greens by rinsing, and the beets, avocado, and red onion by chopping.
Once the squash and chicken are done, place the lettuce into four bowls.
Slice the chicken and divide into the four bowls, followed by the squash and the rest of the veggies. Top with walnuts.
Drizzle each salad with desired amount of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
This salad is packed with nutrition for you!
Butternut Squash- Is packed with minerals and vitamins. Especially vitamin A which helps our skin, mucusa, and eyes! It is also rich in the B-complex vitamins.
Chicken- Offers lean protein
Greens- Offer vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Especially vitamin k!
Beets- Did you know beets are great to help detox the liver? They actually purify the blood.They contain potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron. As well as vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; folic acid to name a few.
Red Onion- These contain quercetin which is a bioflavonoid that helps to fight free radicals. They also have anti-inflammatory properties!
Avocado- Avocados high in omega 3 fatty acids, the good kind of fat, in the form of alpha-linolenic acid. They are also a good source of fiber, vitamin B5,vitamin K, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and potassium.
Walnuts- Packed with omega 3 fatty acid, antioxidants, and phytosterols. The mono- and polyunsaturated fats in nuts are good for insulin sensitivity. (Read more at http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-eats/nutrition/the-health-benefits-of-walnuts#hx8vXHgILfFhzuvT.99)
Margie Jameson, INHC Take 2 Wellness