Tabouleh inspired – quinoa salad

27 Apr

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When having salads for lunch, and you are in a rush, only under an hour to prepare your meal before heading back to work, its easy to get lazy and forget a vital macronutrient in ANY healthy diet – proteins.

Proteins are great for keeping you full for longer after a meal as they stay and are digested in the stomach, it will prevent you from feeling the need to start snacking a few minuets after lunch.

The thing about proteins is that things such as chicken, or lean meats have to be prepared before hand, if you don’t have some ready in the fridge then you have no option but to find another source of protein to quickly add to your salads. Beans are even worse, as much as i adore them, you need to prepare them the day before to boil for a few hours, its always a good idea to boil some and keep in the fridge to enjoy for a few days.
Moral of the story? If you plan well you will never have a problem but sometimes were not perfect humans (unfortunately) and life gets in the way as we end up so preoccupied that we don’t even have time to scratch our heads, never mind a whole meal prep session.

Thats where quinoa comes into the picture. A dry ingredient, which should always be in your cupboards for emergencies like these, 10 minuets and youre ready to go with a nice bowl of protein and slow-energy releasing carbs.

Ingredients:
Handful mint
1/2 cup shredded lettuce
1 cucumber finely chopped
1 tomato finely chopped
1 cup finely chopped parsley
1 large cabbage leaf – shredded
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients and you have your colourful quinoa bowl!

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