The kids are almost back in school after the winter break…..time to get back to routine and prepping lunches for myself.
I found this salad on Pinterest which brought me to the website aheadofthyme.com.
I changed this recipe slightly. I pre-cook a bunch of Quinoa to use during the week, so I just took out a measured cup of Quinoa to make this salad. I find this easier than making a cup every time.
The best part about online recipes is the user feedback. I highly suggest that if you come across a great recipe…make sure to take a look at what people said about it. In this Quinoa salad recipe, lots of people swapped out the raisins. I did too. I added red onion. Other highly suggested options where pine nuts and feta. Someone also swapped out the spinach with kale with great results.
Make this salad your own! However, do not change the dressing! It is wonderful on this salad. I made the dressing and used it all on one cup of Quinoa with all my veggies and it was perfect. If you double this recipe, make sure you double the dressing too.
1/2 cup uncooked Quinoa
2 cups spinach, finely chopped
1 tomato, diced
1/2 cup diced cucumbers
1/4 cup raisins
1 1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1. In a medium bowl, rinse the Quinoa a few times
2. In a medium saucepan, boil 2 cups of salted water. Add the Quinoa and continue to boil for about 10 minutes until the Quinoa is tender.
3. Drain the Quinoa and let it cool.
4. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, raisins and cooled Quinoa.
5. In a small bowl, make the lemon vinaigrette. Combine the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour onto the salad and toss to coat.
6. Season to taste with more salt and pepper, if needed.
This recipe makes for a quick dinner, especially on the nights of my son’s soccer games. You can have this flavorful salad on it’s own, in a croissant or on fresh rye bread.
I use a rotisserie chicken from Sobey’s. I usually grab the chipotle flavoured chicken, but the regular barbecue flavour is just as good.
4 cups chicken, cooked
1 cup mayonnaise, or greek yogurt
1 cup celery, diced
2 Tbsp dill, fresh
1 1/2 cups red grapes, quartered
2 green onions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1. Mix all ingredients together.
Mayo-free! I love this about this recipe! Super tasty and super easy to make.
6 eggs hard boiled
1 – 1 1/2 ripe avocados peeled and mashed
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice or lime juice
1/2 teaspoon sea salt to taste
1. Add the eggs to a medium-sized pot and cover with a few inches of water. Cover and place on high heat. Bring water to a full (but gentle) boil. Remove from heat, lid the pot and cook for 12-14 minutes.
2. Drain the water and immediately run cold water over the eggs. Transfer eggs to an ice bath and allow eggs to chill for 3 minutes. Peel the shell right away as it makes for easier peeling. Refrigerate peeled eggs until ready to use.
3. In a medium bowl, add the avocado, lemon juice and salt. Mash the avocado, leaving it slightly chunky if desired. Add the chopped hard boiled eggs and stir well to combine. Eat on toasted bread with greens of your choice.
Yum! I really liked this salad. I do wish however I had purple cabbage to add more colour. This salad is super easy to make, especially if you have a food processor to help you. In a pinch you could buy the package of pre-cut coleslaw.
I did not add the black sesame seeds. I cut up cashews and added to the top instead of mixing them in. You can also substitute almonds if you wish.
Shredded chicken or pork would be an excellent addition to this salad.
I found this recipe on Pinterest, which lead me to the website thekitchengirl.com.
6 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup cooked Quinoa
1 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/3 cup chopped cashews
1 Tbsp toasted black sesame seeds
2 finely chopped green onions
1/2 cup Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette (see recipe below)
1. In a large bowl, combine cabbage, cooked Quinoa, carrots, cilantro, cashews, sesame seeds and green onions; cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
2. To serve, toss in sesame ginger vinaigrette
SESAME GINGER VINAIGRETTE
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup canola oil
2 Tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
1 finely grated garlic clove
1 Tbsp honey
Salt and pepper to taste
1. In a bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, canola oil, sesame oil, Ginger, garlic, honey, salt and pepper; cover, refrigerate.
Makes 3/4 cup
This recipe is super fast and easy to make! My kids loved it! This is a perfect make ahead meal for busy nights or a great hot lunch for the kids at school. I found this recipe on damndelicious.net.
I used 1 1/2 cups of red kidney beans instead of adding the 3/4 red and 3/4 white. I used ground turkey instead of using beef. I also grated my cheese super fine so that it melted quicker.
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
8 ounces ground beef or ground turkey
4 cups chicken broth
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
3/4 cup canned white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
10 ounces elbow pasta
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1. Heat oilve oil in a large killet or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add garlic, onion and ground beef, and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks;drain excess fat.
2. Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes, beans, chili powder and cumin;season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a simmer and stir in pasta. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13-15 minutes.
3. Remove from heat. Top with cheese and cover until melted, about 2 minutes.
4. Serve immediatley, garnished with parsley, if desired.
This recipe is so fresh and full of flavour. It is so easy to make too! I found this recipe on Pinterest. It lead me to thegardengrazer.com.
I served my salad with chicken for dinner. I made extra chicken to serve it again as leftover lunch.
1 hothouse cucumber
4-5 ripe roma tomatoes
1 large red bell pepper
1 small red onion
15 oz. can garbonzo beans, rinsed and drained
Optional: olives, dairy-free feta, pepperoncini
3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1. Make the dressing in a small bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk to combine. Set aside.
2. Dice the cucumber, onion, bell pepper, and tomoatoes (removing any excess liquid from tomatoes)
3. Put vegetables and garbonzo beans in a large bowl
4. Add dressing and toss to combine
5. Can eat immediately or refrigerate for at least an hour to let flavours combine. Some dressing will settle on the bottom, so stir before serving.
I love this salad. I can not wait to make it for lunch using fresh picked blueberries at the cottage. This recipe is from http://www.ifoodreal.com.
I could not find fresh basil, so I did not add it. I missed it, but the salad is still good without.
2 cups quinoa
1 cup blueberries
2 large avocados, diced
1 cup pecans
Lime Basil Dressing:
1 Tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 large lime, juice of
3 Tbsp basil, finely chopped
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1. In a large bowl, add quinoa, blueberries and avocados.
2. In a small skillet, toast pecans on low-medium heat until lightly brown, about 5 minutes. Stir frequently and watch closely not to burn. Transfer to a bowl with other ingredients.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together Lime Basil Dressing ingredients, pour over the salad and gently stir to combine. Serve cold.
STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Refrigerate covered for up to 3 days.
Amount per serving = 3/4 cup:
Total fat: 25.8g
Sodium: 297.1 mg
Total Carbs: 32.4g
Dietary Fiber: 8.3 g
WW points: +10
I came across this great recipe on the internet. I was looking for a great healthy chicken salad recipe that has some zip. This recipe is taken from http://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/the-best-curried-chicken-salad-youll-ever-eat/
I love pecans, but I only had raw almonds on hand. They worked really well in this salad. I also used a 4oz chicken breast.
This recipe is super easy and very very good!
1 grilled chicken breast (chopped)
1 stalk celery (chopped)
1/2 a red apple (diced small)
1/4 cup toasted pecans (chopped)
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup mayonnaise (to start)
1/4 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1. Combine all ingredients in bowl. Add additional mayonnaise to taste.
2. Serve in lettuce leaves.
This makes an easy breakfast, brunch or lunch. I love the pepper and the egg together in this recipe. My friend Cheryl posted that she made this as an after-school snack for her son.
I found the following recipe on Pinterest. It uses cheese, but you certainly do not have to add it. These eggs are just fine without it.
I used an orange pepper, but you can use red or yellow, whichever you prefer. I simply added salt and pepper to my eggs. I did not add the cheese. Also, you can scramble the egg inside the pepper. I left mine sunny side up as I like a runny yummy yolk. I used 2 eggs as I had 2 pepper slices to fill, one egg for each slice. Instead of using olive oil, I just used cooking spray.
1 red, yellow or orange pepper
4-5 large eggs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (you could try other cheeses too if you wish)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1. In a large, non-stick skillet, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium/high heat.
2. Cut peppers into 1/2-inch rings and remove seeds and centers. Plice sliced peppers into the pan and let them saute for a minute.
3. Crack one egg into the center of each bell pepper slice. Start pouring the egg in slowly;it prevents the egg leaking abd forms a nice seal.
4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Saute for 3 minutes, then flip it over carefully.
5. Top with generous amount of parmesan.
6. Cook for 2 minutes, or less if you want a runny yolk.
You have to make this panini!!! I took this recipe from “The Best of Rose Reisman – 20 years of healthy recipes” by Rose Reisman.
I do not have a panini press so I use a large skillet and press down on the wrap with a smaller skillet.
2 oz (60 g) sliced prosciutto
8 oz (250 g) boneless skinless chicken breast
2 Tbsp (30 ml) reduced fat mayonnaise
2 tsp (10 ml) lemon juice
1 tsp (5 ml) Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) crushed fresh garlic
Pinch of ground black pepper
4 large whole wheat tortillas
2/3 cup (160 ml) grated Parmesan or Swiss cheese
1/3 cup (80 ml) diced, seeded plum tomatoes
1/3 cup (80 ml) diced sweet onion
1/2 diced ripe avocado
1. Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking oil and place over medium heat. Sauté the prosciutto for 5 minutes or just until dry and beginning to crisp. Remove from the pan, cool slightly and crumble. Wipe the skillet and respray.
2. Working with one at a time, pound the chicken breasts between two sheets of waxed paper to an even 1/4-inch (6 mm) thickness. Sauté the chicken for 5 minutes, or just until cooked and no longer pink in the centre, turning halfway. Cool for 5 minutes, then dice.
3. Combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, garlic and pepper in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Spread evenly over the entire surface of the tortillas. Scatter the chicken, prosciutto, cheese, tomato, onion and avocado overtop. Fold in the sides of each tortilla and roll it up tightly.
4. Preheat a nonstick grill pan to hot and spray with cooking oil. Sear the rolls on both sides until browned, approximately 2 minutes per side. Slice in half before serving.
Make ahead – Make the panini early in the day. Cover and refrigerate and heat just before serving.