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It’s time for another instalment of ‘Dining with an Ostomate’. In today’s post, Debbie talks to us about summer salads, and shares her deliciously fresh and nutritious ‘Pesto lemon chicken salad’.
All of Debbie’s recipes are of course designed with Ostomates in mind, and in case you’d missed any of her recipes to date, you can find them all in our Ileostomy, colostomy and stoma support group here.
As an Ostomate, I was nervous about trying salad vegetables at first. As my surgery was in January, I didn’t really give it much thought until March, when I was beginning to yearn for salads instead of soup for lunch. Having eaten spinach in soup, and then cooked as a side vegetable, the first salad leaves I tried were baby spinach. As this was a success, I then moved onto to iceberg and cos lettuce, then the spicier rocket and watercress. I removed the more fibrous stalks and chewed well, and although in the beginning, my stoma output was a bit thinner, I have been enjoying small amounts of salad greens regularly since then.
When you first try cucumber, peel it and deseed it, then try it with the skin and seeds if everything goes well. Likewise with tomatoes – though I still remove the seeds from them. I have since reintroduced raw peppers and radishes without any problems. Avocados are quite fibrous, so I first tried a little mashed up, then sliced. Be guided by what you liked to eat before you became an Ostomate, and remember the mantra – chew well!
Pesto lemon chicken salad
For the dressing:
4 tbsp. green basil pesto
6 tbsp. light mayonnaise
Juice of half a large lemon
For the salad:
3 cooked, boneless, skinless chicken breasts,
halved horizontally and sliced thinly.
2 large ripe avocados, peeled and sliced.
Juice of half a large lemon.
Half a cucumber.
18 baby plum tomatoes, halved length-ways.
25g toasted pine nuts*.
*Omit the pine nuts if you have an ileostomy, or chop finely.
This sounds lovely - but what is a Micro Salad?
Micro greens (salads) are just tiny seedlings of plants that are usually harvested when they are fully grown. The plants are harvested just a week or so after germination when their first pair of leaves are produced
Plants with intense flavour and/or colour such as coriander, basil, fennel, radish and the oriental leaves make up the ingredients of a micro salad.
At the micro stage the plants contain the essence of the fully grown ones, only more concentrated, and produces a burst of flavour, stronger and often cleaner than it would be if the plant was left to grow to longer and larger.
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