spring time

Fresh Quinoa Salad

YO! I posted a picture of this awesomeness and peeps were like, "can we get the recipe?!!"

Between chews, I typed up what I did super fast. Since it's easy as heck, if I can type it up while eating, you can make it.

Get lots of fresh, young greens and sprouts in your body now since it's Spring. Think what's coming up from the ground and coming out the ends of trees---align your body and spirit with the new life coming through in NATURE!!

Here you go!

Fresh Quinoa Salad over Spring Greens

Ingredients

2 cups quinoa cooked 1 large cucumber, sliced and diced 1 medium, ripe tomato, diced 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, sliced SUPER thin 1 cup fresh alfalfa or bean sprouts (you'll find these near the salad in most grocery stores, especially Whole Foods) 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil a pinch of sea salt 1 small onion, diced 1 handful tamari-roasted almonds 1/4 cup raisins

 

*You can eat the first round of this warm with some turkey meatballs like I did, and then use the leftovers for the dish I made in the picture I posted for lunch the next day. Cook once, eat a few times!*

Instructions

1) Cook the quinoa in a large pot. (Generally, one cup of raw quinoa needs about 1.5 cups of water to cook but I stopped using recipes a while ago, so check this on Google.) 2) Once the quinoa is cooked, set it aside and chop up the tomato, cucumber and mint. 3) Toss in a big bowl and drizzle on the olive oil and salt. Add sprouts and mix them in. Eat warm.

 

the next day...

Serve over mixed spring greens and add almonds and raisins for garnish!

 

 

 

Why I'm Craving More Salads Lately...

Hey, it's spring! Did you notice?

Check out this post I wrote about The Paradox of Spring, I think you'll enjoy it.

I'm craving more salad lately. I would think it's weird since I haven't been wanting anything but warm soups, stews and meat for a while--but my training as a health coach tells me otherwise.

According to some traditions, spring is a great time of year to cleanse the body of toxins and heavier foods that have been building up all winter. It's a time where nature starts shooting out buds, leaves and shoots to create new life.

It makes perfect sense that your body wants to ingest those buds, leaves and shoots to create new life within you! Regenerate those cells that you're made up of---eat what's around you to feel connected to the earth's natural cycles.

Or just eat salad because it's healthy and delicious.

The time for cooking and steaming greens is slowly fading away--our bodies need less heat and warmth because the season has shifted, the sun is now closer to us so there is more sunlight and heat available. Now is the time to move into a season of eating light, crisp, water-filled fruits and veggies.

Go slowly. It isn't summer yet. Take your cues from nature and eat what is currently coming up from the ground and is available.

That's good wisdom for life--take your cues from what is available and make good use of it. Don't go looking for what you need in places where it isn't available or flowing freely.  Add some baby spinach or arugula to your plate with a splash of a vinaigrette dressing (nothing creamy or heavy) to kick start your digestion and cleanse your gut.