Loaded with fibre and protein, this quinoa and bean salad is sure to spice up your lunch.
I'm not big on green salads this time of year as the air chills, so to keep me warm I like a hearty quinoa and bean salad with loads of fresh veggies thrown in.

This is a yummy meal in a bowl.

Quinoa and Bean Salad
1 cup cooked quinoa (cook it in broth for more flavour and nutrients)
1 cup cooked black beans
I orange pepper, chopped
2 stocks of celery, chopped
2 tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 small zucchini, finely chopped
1 good sized purple onion, chopped. (Soak in water to take away the bite)
A drizzle of olive oil
2 tbsp lime juice
4-5 tbsp apple cider vinegar (use more if desired)
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
I also added a little Epicure Satay spice.

Mix together and enjoy. Will last in the fridge up to 5 days.

I made this for Thanksgiving Dinner one year.  It was a hit, but they told me they missed the traditional stuffing and potatoes.  Change is good, but maybe for my family not so good if I omit the tradition items too.  Lesson learned.  LOL  I just make both.  


Warm Quinoa, Sweet Potato, and Kale Salad

1/2 cup quinoa cooked in one cup of broth or water

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and roasted in the oven till soft at 350C for about 50 minutes.
(I sprinkled cardamom on mine)

1 red onion
4 cloves of garlic
1 tsp grated ginger root
1 tbsp coconut oil
Saute above ingredients till soft

Wash and chop into large pieces 6-8 large leaves of Kale.

Assemble the cooked quinoa, cooked sweet potatoes and sauteed onion, garlic and ginger root in a roasting pan, I used a square stone. Mix in the raw kale and add about 4- 8 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, 4-8 tbsp of olive oil or melted coconut oil, 1/4 cup of maple syrup. You can add more spice if you like such as cinnamon, cardamom and cloves and/or nutmeg. I added some epicure Thai seasoning this time.

Throw in the oven at 350C till the kale is softened through. I actually turned it down to about 200 and let it sit for about an hour till dinner was ready.

Are you sick of boring old salads? Try this quick and light, Greek Salad. It would be great to take to a barbeque.

I was at the  Farmer's Market yesterday and picked up some fresh vegetables then grabbed some Goat's Milk Feta to put with it.  I have loads of fresh basil in the garden so that was picked and washed then added at the end.  

1 cup red peppers, chopped
1 purple onion, chopped
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in halves
1 small container of Crumbled Feta Cheese (plain or herbed)
1-2 cucumbers, chopped
1/2 cup Sliced kalamata olives

Fresh basil and chives if you've got it

A drizzle of balsamic vinegar and grape seed oil
1-2 tsp of Greek seasoning, I used Epicure's Greek Salad Dressing herbs.