30 Minute Value Meals: cucumber salad

Since the new year, I’ve been trying to find simple meals to help with losing weight and to  feel better. Being on a budget, I’ve aimed for value meals that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. I’ve begun eating more of a plant-based nutrition plan, although I still eat chicken and fish and occasionally a hamburger if I’m hungry for it. It’s all about proportions and eating in moderation. Eating what makes you happy is also good so long as you do it right. I hope this  will help somebody who is looking for simple ideas for preparation.

For lunch today I made a cucumber salad. 

I bought two new peeler‘s by KitchenAid, the first one, a regular peeler, and the second one a serrated peeler. I used the serrated peeler to shave the cucumber into ribbons, and then also the carrot. I took two pinky size pieces of ginger, and also shaved those down into small pieces thinly sliced. 

I added some lemon zest, some feta crumbles, some torn mint leaves, two apple slices diced into small pieces, some red pepper flakes and some almond slices.

Then I made a simple vinaigrette using 1 tablespoon and a half of balsamic vinegar, some salt and pepper, a tablespoon and a half of Nathan‘s spicy brown mustard, a sprinkle of Cayenne pepper and some garlic powder, And lastly some soy sauce to tone down the ginger. 

I mixed it all together and It was done. It’s a pretty simple meal that can be assembled within 15 minutes.  


One cucumber, one carrot, two pinky sized pieces ginger.

Lemon zest, feta crumbles, torn mint leaves, two apple slices, some sliced almond, red pepper flakes.


1 ½ T balsamic vinegar, 1 ½ T Nathan’s Spicy Brown Mustard, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, soy sauce.

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