A quick, delicious salad with ingredients that will keep your gut microbes happy! Potatoes are often underrated - undeservedly though, as they’re tasty and nutritious, and when cooked and cooled they form resistant starch. Resistant starch has prebiotic-like beneficial effects on gut bacteria.
6 small potatoes, washed and halved
200g beans or chickpeas, or a mix;
rinsed and drained
6 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup green beans (fresh or frozen),
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: 2 hard-boiled eggs
Bring water to boil in a pot and add potatoes, cook until just soft. Drain and cool.
Heat a little olive oil in a pan over medium heat, then fry beans for 2-3 minutes, until slightly browned but still crunchy.
Add all ingredients to a bowl and combine well. Sprinkle over pumpkin seeds to decorate.
Optional: Top each portion with a halved boiled egg.
For extra flavour, stir through a tablespoon of basil pesto instead of olive oil and lemon juice.
Makes 2 serves as a side, or 1 serve as a main