We often start the new year with good intentions when it comes to a healthier lifestyle.
Women Talking looks at a quick and healthy meal made easy with the help of award-winning cooking tools and housewares from OXO.
Salads in my household are a main stable whether winter or summer, they are easy to make, have a natural good taste, look colourful and appealing, as well as having a great crunchy texture and multiple health benefits. Consuming a serving of leafy greens each day can be one of the best habits you could get into this year!
One tool that caught my attention from the OXO range was their new Glass Salad Spinner. Designed with a sustainable, attractive glass body, promoting kitchen to table appeal in an instant. This not only saves on the washing up but allows you to prep and serve salads with ease.
For healthy eating washing, all fruit and veg before serving is a must, the downside is the waiting time for them to drain. The salad spinner works in an instant, drying salad leaves in seconds, therefore speeding up your preparation and serving time.
For a safety aspect, the cleverly designed non-slip base prevents any movement on your worktop, the one-handed action makes it easy for anyone to use, while the patented built-in brake button stops the spinner instantly.
The handy spinning basket doubles up as a colander, so you can rinse lettuce and vegetables, and then pop them directly into the spinner and the clear lid and sides allow you to see what’s going on inside
The premium glass bowl can be used for serving hot and cold dishes and makes for a striking addition to any table, so all in all very versatile.
Another bonus is that it has been conveniently designed with a flat top for easy storage.
Getting excited about the prospect of salad, we have found a tasty recipe for you to try!
Pear salad with Balsamic and Walnuts:
This recipe is packed with varied textures and flavours, but it only calls for a handful of basic ingredients:
Fresh pears! Make sure they’re ripe before you make this salad; sweet, juicy pears are what make it exceptional.
Mixed greens – Use whatever tender greens you like best! For example, a mix of baby kale, spinach, and chard, but baby lettuces or arugula would also be delicious.
Fennel – this classic ingredient adds a crisp bite and mild liquorice flavour to this autumn pear salad.
Dried cranberries or goji berries – Either will add a chewy texture and natural sweetness.
Shaved pecorino cheese – It offers a rich, salty contrast to the sweet pears and cranberries.
Chopped Nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, and pecans – whether you chose just one or one or a selection, each nut has a uniquely rich, nutty flavour, and work so well in this recipe.