Sunday, July 6, 2014

2 Step Healthy Vegetable Quinoa Salad

     I have not eaten well or exercised in an entire year. I have not cooked at all. That is okay, and I knew that would be the case during my intern year. I told myself at the beginning of the year that I was not going to attempt to do those things and set myself up for failure.
     Thankfully, my intern year is over and I now have time to cook! Granted, I have only had anesthesia orientation so far, but I have already been told that anesthesiologists (even residents) get 30 minutes to eat lunch. Now that is a welcome change. I made a pact with myself that I will  bring a healthy lunch for myself everyday as I am going to try to be healthier this year and eat less processed food. Coming home at 8 pm and eating a frozen dinner before I fall asleep is a thing of the past. That said, even though I am going to be eating healthier, I still have zero patience for long drawn out recipes or spending a lot of time in the kitchen. So with that I bring you my new favorite lunch recipe.......(I don't even have the patience to cook quinoa myself lol).




Amanda's Healthy Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Ingredients: Whole Food's Frozen Organic Quinoa With Vegetables (it has zucchini and sweet potato in it) OR any type of frozen bag (they make a great one at Trader Joe's too)
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Crumbled Feta Cheese


Directions:
1.) Weigh out one serving of the frozen quinoa with vegetables and place in microwave for 1.5 minutes
2.) Place in to go container and top with 1 serving crumbled feta cheese.


Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 210 calories
Fat: 6 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Protein: 11 grams



To add healthy fat you can add 1/2- 1 TBS of olive or coconut oil if you wish. That will increase the calories by 60-120 depending on how much you put. It is delicious either way in my opinion.


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