The pasta salad I made earlier this week inspired a quinoa salad with a twist… the “healthier” version. I still can’t decide if I like the pasta or the quinoa more. Anyway, really simple recipe and pretty healthy. I made enough to last me the week for lunch, so it’s a good meal prep recipe.
1 c quinoa uncooked
For the butternut squash
1 tbsp oil, more as needed
1 c butternut squash, diced
1 tbsp garlic minced
salt and pepper to taste
dash of cayenne
1/4 tsp paprika
1 tsp chili powder
Veggies for the salad
1 red bell pepper diced
1 cucumber diced
1 c corn
1 small onion diced
2 small tomatoes diced
1 c cilantro
For the dressing
2 tbsp lime
2 tbsp sriracha
1/3 c veganaise
dash of chili powder
Cook the quinoa according to the package.
Heat the oil in a medium pan, add in the garlic for a minute until fragrant, and add the butternut squash, followed by all the spices, mixing well. If it’s a little dry add a touch more oil or a couple tablespoons of water or broth. Cook for 5 minutes, stir and cook another 5 minutes until crispy and you can pierce easily with a fork.
Prepare the dressing, mix all ingredients together in a small bowl, set aside.
In a large bowl, add all of the veggies except for the cilantro, prepared quinoa, butternut squash and stir. Mix in the dressing and once the temperature has cooled a bit, mix in the cilantro and enjoy.
The first one was just so dang good, I needed to make anotha one. This time getting a little more creative with new veggies. I’ve still got my ass intermittent fasting and eating healthy, but this salad doesn’t make me sad about being healthy, and it’s so filling. Thinking about putting a meal plan together if I can see a noticeable difference in a couple more weeks, got all this quarantine time!
2 c water
1 c quinoa
2 tbsp water
2 c shredded carrots
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp chipotle powder
2 c frozen corn
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
4 c roughly chopped kale, with ribs removed (huge center stem)
2 15 oz cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
Start the quinoa, in a small saucepan boil 2 cups of water, add in quinoa and cook about 15 minutes until the water has been absorbed.
In a small frying pan, heat 2 tbsp water, add shredded carrots and corn, top with juice of 1 lime, and half the spices, stir. You’ll cook these for about 5-7 minutes until the water has absorbed and the carrots have softened.
Get a huge ass bowl, place the kale in, add quinoa, black beans, carrots and corn, red bell pepper, the other half of the spices, juice of 1 lime, and mix. Try to get everything jumbled together, and boom you have your tasty ass, healthy ass, kale salad. If you need more spices add them to taste.
Optional dressing w oil:
1 tbsp vegan mayo, 1 tbsp sriracha, 1 lime juiced. Combine all and mix, drizzle on top.
Hello tasty ass rice without the guilt of carb overload! A quick recipe that can be a side dish, a main dish, a guilt-free dish, whatever your heart desires… whichever choice, it’s gon’ be bomb af. I used this recipe in my kale salad (previous post) and they went so well together. All I gotta say is buckle up for some yum.
Can be served hot or cold.
2 tbsp water
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 onion, diced
4 c riced cauliflower
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp chili powder
1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained (any bean will work)
1 cucumber, diced
1 avocado, diced
1 roma tomato, diced
Heat up the water in a large skillet, cook onion and garlic until fragrant. Add in the cauliflower, all spices, stir and cook for 10-15 minutes until cauli rice is cooked, add in the beans and cook another five minutes. BOOM 20 minutes later, your ass can enjoy.
Looking for all my healthy b*tches… this one’s for you. There is no oil, it’s low in fat, and high in protein. I’ve been trying intermittent fasting and during my feeding times I’m aiming to eat healthy af, thus leading to this salad of greatness.
2 tbsp water
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 red onion, diced
4 c cauliflower, riced
1 tsp paprika
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp chili powder
1 15 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cucumber, diced
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 c kale, chopped
2 c quinoa, cooked
2 large limes
Heat up the water in a large skillet, cook onion and garlic until fragrant. Add in the cauliflower, all spices, stir and cook for 10-15 minutes until cauli rice is cooked, add in the beans and cook another five minutes.
Transfer to a pretty large bowl, add in the rest of the vegetables, and squeeze both limes over the top of the salad, mixing one last time. It’s now ready for you to enjoy that sh*t.
I’ve been sick this week, and in need of some tasty-ass soup. I cooked this up and it hit the spot. The original recipe used red lentils, but the grocery store hid them all from me so green lentils were substituted. Still bomb. This recipe is from Dreena on Dreena Burton.
The recipe only took a half hour to cook, and it got eaten just as quickly. Packed with protein, and all the best spices to get you feeling right. Sick or not. Soooo mf good.
1 1/2 tablespoons plus 3 1/2-4 cups water divided
1 1/2 cups diced onion
1 cup diced carrot
1 cup diced celery
3 large cloves garlic minced
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon mild curry powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 cups dried red lentils
3 cups vegetable stock
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary (see note)
1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
In a large pot over medium heat, add 1 1/2 tablespoons of the water, onion, carrot, celery, garlic, paprika, curry powder, sea salt, thyme, and black pepper and stir to combine. Cover and cook for 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Rinse the lentils. Add the lentils, the remaining 3 1/2 cups of the water, and stock and stir to combine. Increase heat to bring mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 12-15 minutes. Add rosemary and simmer for another 8-10 minutes or more, until lentils are completely softened. Stir in vinegar, and add more water to thin the soup if desired. Serve.
Rosemary Note: Fresh rosemary is quite exquisite in this soup, but if you don’t have it, you can use dried. However, if you’re using dried, add it at the beginning of the cooking process, along with the other dried spices, and use less, 1/2-1 teaspoon.
Make some noise if you like filling your body with some delicious a** good food, that will keep you healthy & happy?! This recipe will give you all the energy you need, while also stuffing you with veggies. It’s oil-free, full of essential nutrients, and tastes damn good.
Shout out to Nora for the amazing goddess dressing, from Nora Cooks.
1 c quinoa, cooked according to package
3 tbsp olive oil
4 c brussel sprouts, halved
dash of salt and pepper
dash of cumin
dash of paprika
dash of garlic powder
1 large sweet potato, diced
dash of salt and pepper
1 cauliflower, cut into small florets
dash of pepper
dash of curry powder
handful of spinach
1 1/2 c raw cashews
3/4 c water
3 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c cilantro, lightly packed
1/2 c parsley, lightly packed
2 green onions, chopped
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, and line 2 baking sheets with tinfoil. When I cooked this I did brussel sprouts on one, cauliflower and sweet potato on the other.
For the brussel sprouts, lay them out on the first baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil, and top with salt and pepper, cumin, paprika, and garlic powder.
The sweet potatoes will be laid out on half of the other baking sheet, drizzled with 1 tbsp olive oil, and topped with salt and pepper.
Cauliflower will go on the other half of the second baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tbsp of olive oil, and sprinkle on curry powder.
Place both baking sheets in the oven for 15 minutes, remove flipping everything with a spatula, and returning to the oven cook for another 15 minutes.
While the veggies are roast you can make the Green Goddess dressing.
You will need a high powered blender such as a Vitamix for best results. First, soak the cashews in very hot water for at least 5 minutes, longer if desired. I do this by boiling water in my tea kettle and pouring it over the cashews in a bowl or measuring cup.
Drain and rinse the soaked cashews, then add them to your blender, along with the water, lime juice, maple syrup and salt. Blend until very smooth.
Add the fresh herbs and onions to the blender and pulse or blend to combine. I prefer to pulse it so you can still see some tiny flakes of the herbs, but you could blend it until very smooth as well.
You can serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to 5 days. It may thicken a bit in the refrigerator, so thin it with water if desired.
Plate your spinach, top with quinoa, veggies, and dressing. Enjoy that sh*t.
Please try this. I’m telling you, if you crave to feel comfort and love in a bite of food, you’ll be happy with this recipe. It’s so tasty and warm and full of flavor. I can’t EVEN. Serve with a side of buttered up garlic bread, omggggg.
This b*tch is oil free, less than 10 ingredients, and has that protein and fiber combo going for it. I think simple dishes should be more commonly sought after… not spice wise but for the sake of clean eating and weight control, it seems simpler recipes go a long way.
1 cup brown or white rice, cooked according to package
1 14 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
Avocado Lime Sauce
1 lime, juiced
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
extra water as needed
Prepare avocado lime sauce, in a food processor combine avocado, lime, spices, and start with 1/4 c water, run the processor. See if it’s the consistency you want, if not add water as needed.
Plate the rice, add beans, add spices and mix it all together. Then top with avocado lime sauce! Super easy.
Nice lil salad for those days you want to eat light, but don’t think it isn’t satisfying and filling… because it is. I don’t usually eat salads like ever so that’s saying something.
spring salad mix
1 14.5 oz can of black beans drained and rinsed
1 tomato, diced
1/2 avocado, cut in cubes
frozen corn, pan fried dry until charred
4 tbsp sriracha
1/4c water to thin
Make that saucy sauce. In a food processor add all ingredients and blend. If it isn’t thin enough add water until it’s the consistency you want. What’s nice about this sauce is you can add whatever you need to fix it to your liking. Need more spice just add sriracha and mix, more lime, add it in.
Once your sauce is the taste and consistency you like, build your salad. Spring mix, black beans, top with your veggies and then finally your sauce/dressing!
A big and healthy salad that’s PACKED with flavor and nutrition. This week I’m aiming to eat better, my body hasn’t been too thrilled with my latest food choices consisting of take-out… So here’s to a healthy week!
This was a spur of the moment recipe, all I knew was I wanted to have beets (the ones from Trader Joe’s oh my goodness), roasted carrots (colorful!), and roasted brussel sprouts… what better way to get that all together than over arugula and quinoa. I wish I had a few more ingredients, like clementines and balsamic glaze, but I made do.
The dressing I used was a refrigerated green goddess dressing from Trader Joe’s, I thought it went pretty well with the salad, but another option I’m going to try out is balsamic glaze and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
6 carrots, peeled and sliced into ovals (instead of chopping straight down, cut at angle)
2 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste
1 lb of brussel sprouts, stems cut and halved
8 oz package of baby beets (from Trader Joe’s) OR 3-4 cooked beets, cut into 1/4 inch slices
1 cup of uncooked quinoa
package of arugula
handful of walnut pieces (per serving)
1 clementine, peeled and seperated (per serving)
optional choices for dressings
green goddess dressing from trader joes
freshly squeezed lemon juice
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with tinfoil or parchment paper, and place your carrots. Drizzle with one tsp of olive oil, saving the other tsp for the brussel sprouts, and give the carrots a good mix. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and a hefty dash of garlic powder. Place in the oven for 20 minutes, giving them a little shuffle half way through.
While the carrots are in, line another baking sheet and place your brussel sprouts on with the other tsp of olive oil and mix. Then, make sure all brussel sprouts are face down, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and garlic powder. Make sure the lower rack isn’t on the bottom and when the carrots have 15 minutes left you can place these in there.
While those cook, get your quinoa ready, and cook according to package.
Remove the carrots and set aside in a bowl, they can cool while the brussel sprouts continue to cook for another 10 minutes after flipping cut-side up.
Once those are done, and hopefully the quinoa is ready, you’ll place 1/3-1/2 cup of quinoa down, followed by a cup of arugula, and topped with brussel sprouts, carrots, and beets. I used about 1/2-3/4 cups of each. Top with a handful of walnuts, the clementine pieces, and your dressing of choice. It doesn’t need a lot!