Tuna contains high amounts of niacin (vitamin B3) which is essential for optimum carbohydrate metabolism. The kefir in the dressing offers valuable probiotics to rebalance your gut bacteria levels. If you find raw onion hard to digest, sweat it lightly in a pan before adding to the salad. Don’t forget to save half the finished dish for lunch tomorrow.
18 green beans
6 asparagus spears, woody ends
1/2 red onion, sliced
2 parsley sprigs, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra
50ml (2fl oz) kefir
finely grated zest of 1 lemon
2 handfuls of salad leaves
sea salt flakes and pepper
PROTEIN OF YOUR CHOICE,
ABOUT 100G (3.OZ):
2 fresh tuna steaks
1 block of tofu
or 4 eggs
If using tofu, drain off the liquid, wrap the tofu in kitchen paper and place between 2 plates. Put a weight on top and leave for 30 minutes to remove some of the moisture.
If using eggs, boil the eggs in a saucepan of salted water for 4–5 minutes until just hard, then plunge into cold water to cool. Peel off the shells and cut the eggs in half.
Cook the green beans and asparagus in a saucepan of lightly salted water for about 3–5 minutes (depending on their size) until tender, then drain and place them in a bowl.
Add the red onion, parsley and oil, season to taste and mix well.
Place the kefir in a small bowl with the lemon zest. Season lightly and mix well.
Heat a lightly greased frying pan over a high heat and sear the tuna or tofu, if using, until golden and cooked to your liking.
Arrange the salad leaves on 2 plates and top with the green bean salad. Place the tuna, tofu or eggs on top and drizzle with the lemony kefir dressing. Cover and set aside one portion in the refrigerator for tomorrow, then tuck in.
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