Jewelled Quinoa Salad Recipe & BEST Green Smoothie!

You saw this pretty, filling, healthy, and delicious meal on this Christmas highlights post. Here is the recipe – feel free to add what you have and omit things you don’t. The more, the merrier – but sometimes the simplest ingredients shine. 🙂 You really can’t go wrong with this recipe, and we don’t even measure.

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Salad Ingredients

  • Cooked quinoa (leftover works great!)
  • Chopped spinach
  • Black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Pomegranate arils
  • Dried cranberries or raisins
  • Cubed avocado
  • Chopped feta cheese or goat cheese
  • Capers
  • Chopped cucumber
  • Chopped tomato
  • Chopped bell peppers
  • Chopped hard-boiled egg, chicken, or salmon (yum – salmon!) It would be like the one I had at Cactus Club Cafe.

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Dressing

  • Lemon juice
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper (I like freshly-ground)
  • A small splash of balsamic vinegar
  • Honey or maple syrup

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My Fave Green Smoothie

  • Frozen banana: peel and slice, freeze in Ziploc bag overnight
  • Two huge handfuls of organic baby spinach (rinsed and dried)
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop of honey Greek yogurt
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of peanut butter
  • ~ 1 tablespoon ground flax
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder: I really want to try this one day, but I haven’t yet so I’m not sure how it would taste! 🙂

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Enjoyed for lunch alongside a big scoop of quinoa salad and some Cara Cara orange – my new favourite. 🙂 So juicy!

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I am so excited for aerial silks tomorrow – I haven’t practiced for a week and it will be my first time training in 2015. I mentioned on this post that my goal was to do the splits on the silks and be able to climb to the very top. I can’t wait to start practicing again – even though I’m probably definitely out of shape right now!

Last thing: take a look at this delicious recipe for vegan chocolate pudding with chia. I want to try making it sometime this weekend. One more last thing – I am still, still OBSESSED with National Treasure. I think something is wrong with me.  According to my sister, many things are definitely wrong with me and I am starting to think that’s true. 😉

Anyways, check this out – it is SO funny and made me want to watch National Treasure AGAIN. Riley Poole is officially the funniest and most entertaining geek sidekick ever.  Can I marry this character?!  Hey, have I ever mentioned that the movies I like are either a) Disney, b) based on books, or c) historical?

Yep, I definitely have a problem.

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