I made one of my favorite dinners tonight. I like to call it “power salad” because of all the protein that’s packed into one bowl! I found this recipe a long time ago on the 101 cookbooks blog (www.101cookbooks.com) and have made it several times since when I need something quick, easy and rejuvenating to eat! If you have never tried quinoa before, I encourage you to give it a try. It’s FILLED with protein and is actually one of the only vegetarian foods that gives your body a complete protein…and, best of all, its very inexpensive! You can eat it for breakfast like oatmeal with walnuts and dried fruit, in soups, as salads, in baking goods…the list goes on and on. I think its wonderful with a chew and slightly nutty taste. It makes this salad very filling. All the ingredients in this salad are quite inexpensive…most you probably have already in your pantry. Give it a try! Here’s the recipe that I modified to serve one.
Lemon Scented Quinoa Salad with Garbanzo Beans
1/4 cup quinoa
1 tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste)
1/2 smashed garlic clove
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 lemon, zested
1/2 cup garbanzo beans
1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 bunch fresh cilantro
1 tbsp small diced red onion
In a small saucepan, add the quinoa and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed into the quinoa. While that’s going, make the dressing.
Whisk together the tahini, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest and olive oil. Set aside.
When the quinoa is done, remove from the heat and put in a bowl. Toss with the garbanzo beans, cilantro and red onion. Mix in the dressing and enjoy 🙂
520 calories, 18 grams of fat
*note: the fat in this recipe is the good type of fat that comes from olive oil and tahini. Your body needs this mono-unsaturated fat to keep on working and protect your heart. Its the same type of fat found in walnuts. So eat and enjoy!
Cooking in my kitchen
The finished, yummy salad bowl!
This afternoon I finished all my work I had to get done and made it to the gym for a 40 minute run on the treadmill. I felt soo much better after I ran! I came home and ate a quick snack of 4 ounces 1% cottage cheese and 1 kiwi while I made my oatmeal for tomorrow morning. Mmm..it’s amazing how good healthy food and exercise can make you feel!
I always try to eat a little bit more on days that I have to work at night because not only have been on my feet running all morning in the kitchen at school and have exercised, but also go to work for about 5 hours at night where all I do is run and seat guests for dinner! I always bring a snack with me to work thats about 100-150 calories and eat it midway through the night (around 8:15 for me) so that I don’t pass out!
No wine tonight because I’m off to work! I’m bringing an Erin Baker’s Mini Breakfast Cookie with me (100 calories- found them at the Fresh Market) to give me some fuel later on!
**adding onto last night….I ended up eating the 100 calorie whole grain cookie around 8:15 along with a small piece of organic dark chocolate I had stashed in my purse. When I got off work around 10:30 I tasted about 2 ounces of wine that was given to one of the servers by his table. It was from a 100 dollar bottle of red wine and was very good—I couldn’t say no when they offered me a tiny taste 😉