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)
Crumbled Feta Cheese

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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