So I moved to the UK and I gained what I like to call “The England Freshman 15”.
I normally eat pretty healthily (uh…except for the whole sugar thing…) but I’m currently trying to swap chocolate, chips/crisps, candy etc with healthier snacks like fruit, and nuts and sprouts.
Inspired by my favorite Mean Girls quote, I made a deliciously healthy vegan quinoa salad that I’m storing in a mason jar in the fridge. I work from home, but if I had an office job, I’d most definitely bring jars of salad to work for lunch like some shamefully pretentious environmental hipster (which I guess I am).
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup of red or white quinoa
- Some type of bean, I used sprouted mung beans which are mega tasty!
- Sunflower seeds
- Chopped long green onions
This was my basic recipe but there’s a whole world of other things you could add to your salad: avocado, peas, spinach, almonds, etc. If you aren’t vegan you can add some crumbled feta or some parm…the possibilities are endless!
For my salad dressing I used a simple combination of:
- Some good olive oil
- A splash of cider vinegar
- A drizzle of soya sauce
- A tiny squeeze of lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
What to do:
Cook the quinoa in some veg stock use twice as much water as quinoa, bring the water to a boil, bring down to a simmer and cook until the water is evaporated, stirring occasionally. In a small frying pan, toast the sesame seeds lightly for a few minutes…make sure they don’t burn.
Let the quinoa and the seeds cool down thoroughly and once they have, mix in a bowl with the sprouts and onions and whatever else you want to add.
Add your dressing and mix well.
Store in a tightly sealed container and the salad will keep for days!