Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Black Quinoa & Chickpea Salad


Quinoa is a staple in our house.  To be honest, I can't even remember what we used to eat before it made it's way into my kitchen.  It is so simple to prepare, nutritious and tastes great!    I have recently started using black quinoa, it tastes the same as the white or red varieties, but I like the colour.  I love pairing warm quinoa with cold, fresh veggies or legumes.  Yum!

Ingredients


1 cup quinoa, cooked and cooled
1/2 can chickpeas
1/2 cucumber, diced,
1/2 yellow pepper, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
12 cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 carrot, finely grated
3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
salt & pepper to taste

Directions


Toss all ingredients in a large bowl and serve.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Strawberry Citrus Breakfast Smoothie


If you haven't yet started making smoothies, you should!  They are such a great way to get gets all sorts of delicious fruits and veggies into you.  We make smoothies every morning, it is such a great way to start your day. I find I have more energy after my morning smoothie than after a cup of coffee.  There are so many different combinations of fruits and veggies that you can put together to come up with a yummy, immune boosting and energizing smoothie.  I like to use what we have in the fridge! I always like to add both fruit and veggies in the same drink, so I get the benefits of both.  Have fun and come up with your own custom drink that makes you and your family happy.

Ingredients


1 cup kale, chopped
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
2 peaches, sliced
1 orange, juiced
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds

Directions


Place all ingredients into a blender and blend.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cobb Salad My Way


It's hard to believe that we are creeping into the end of July already. Being off on maternity leave has definitely kept me busy.  I have been fortunate enough to spend more time outside this year than I have in years. Annabelle, my two year old, likes to be out and about, so we are always out on some sort of adventure while Jolene, my 10 week old, enjoys the comforts of Mom being bundled in a wrap. Needless to say that being this active requires nutritious food to keep us going.  This is Cobb Salad my way for a well rounded and easy lunch.

Ingredients


1/4 Nappa Cabbage, sliced
1/4 Red Cabbage, sliced
1 can black beans
1 red pepper, diced
4 eggs, hard boiled, cooled and sliced
1 cucumber, diced
2 cobs of corn, cooked, cooled and kernels removed from the cob
2 tomatoes, diced

Directions


In a large serving bowl toss cabbages together and line the plate.  Add the remaining ingredients in rows.  Serve with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette (recipe follows).  Serves 4.

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette


Ingredients


4 tablespoons olive oil
1 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
salt & pepper to taste

Directions


In a mason jar add all ingredients and shake until combined.