I wanted to share a quick recipe with you that I eat all the time. Its fast, its simple and its delicious. I get everything ready ahead of time and have lunches for a few days with one recipe.
Have you had quinoa before? Its a super healthy grain that is actually a complete protein. The flavour is unique, similar to brown rice and you can eat it in savory dishes (like this salad) or as a breakfast cereal (with berries, greek yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup).
The main thing to remember about this salad is that anything goes. Whatever you have in your fridge is all you need to make a delicious and healthy meal, I’ll give you a list of veggies I’ve used and pick and choose from them.
Healthy Quinoa Salad
makes 2-3 servings
1/2 cup quinoa
2 T extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1 lemon or lime
handful of fresh herbs – basil and cilantro are my favourites
1 cup of canned black or garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup crumbled feta or goat cheese
3 cups of veggies (I never measure, add as many as you like)
- fresh carrots
- fresh bell pepper
- tomato – cherry or chopped roma
- fresh corn (just cut it right off the cob, you don’t need to cook it)
- fresh broccoli
- steamed sweet potatoes
- roasted beets
First, get the quinoa on the stove. 2 parts water to 1 part quinoa in a pot, once it starts boiling, cover and lower heat to low. Cook 15 minutes and move off the heat.
Chop all your veggies and put into a large bowl. (if you’re using sweet potato peel, chop into small chunks and boil about 10 minutes until fork tender, if you’re using beets they take about an hour to roast so you’ll need to do those ahead of time.
Let quinoa cool for about 5 minutes uncovered then add to bowl along with cheese and herbs. Drizzle olive oil over salad and squeeze lemon/lime over. Mix together, scoop yourself a plate, sit down and enjoy this healthy lunch!