Ever since getting back from Mexico, I’ve been wanting to eat less meat and go back to my old routine I set for myself at school eating as little meat as possible. This past weekend, I was craving some mixed greens with quinoa, topped with a honey mustard dressing that my bf had learned to make. It tastes pretty good and can be pretty filling with the quinoa, if you’re afraid you don’t have enough protein in your meal.
Ingredients (makes 4 servings):
a box of mixed greens
1 cup of quinoa
2 bell peppers
a box of cherry tomatoes
a box of white mushrooms
4 tbsp honey **use agave syrup for a vegan alternative**
4 tbsp whole grain mustard
4 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
Rinse the avocados, tomatoes, mushrooms, mixed greens, and bell peppers and drain.
Use one cup of quinoa and two cups of water and bring to a boil, and then let it simmer for 15 minutes.
Mix the honey, mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, and add salt and pepper to taste to make your dressing.
Slice up your bell peppers and mushrooms and set them aside.
Dice the avocado into small pieces (cut one for two servings).
Put a bed of mixed greens and top it with the peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, avocado, and quinoa (decide how much you want since it’s a LOT).
Drizzle the dressing and you’re good to go; a perfectly healthy and vegan meal ready to enjoy 🙂
Hey everyone 🙂 I learned another recipe from my host family this past week: ceviche de coliflor, otherwise known as vegetarian ceviche. This recipe replaces seafood with cauliflower florets shredded into fine pieces and is great as a meal when the weather is suuuper hot! My host family likes to prepare this because it’s really quick to prepare and because my host brothers are even willing to eat this despite the lack of carne (meat) in the dish haha.
1 head of cauliflower
(optional) 2 cucumbers
Chop off the leaves from the cauliflower head and break it apart into smaller than fist-sized florets.
Soak them in salt water to disinfect for at least 30 minutes.
Shave the skin off of the carrots and use a grater to get fine carrot strips.
Repeat Step 3 for cucumbers if you have them.
Peel the outer layer of the onion and dice into fine pieces.
Dice the tomatoes into fine pieces.
After the cauliflower has been soaked thoroughly, drain the water and grate the florets. You can also grate the stalks or save them for cooking something else (avoid food waste)!
Mix all of the vegetables together and squeeze the lime juice into the mix and add pinches of salt to taste.
The farmers’ market is BACK and I’m so excited! This past weekend, I did a mini-haul and stocked up on produce for the week, including sweet potatoes. I’m normally not a fan of sweet foods as part of a meal (unless it’s breakfast or dessert) but I decided to be adventurous and try it out…not to mention sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins, potassium, and dietary fiber!
Since I usually don’t eat baked potatoes, I figured I probably wouldn’t eat baked sweet potatoes either. I decided to make sweet potato fries since it would last for a few days and they would be more “fun” to eat haha.
3-4 sweet potatoes
diced garlic (optional)
salt and pepper (optional)
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Scrub and rinse your sweet potatoes.
Slice them into french fry slices, or in wedges if you prefer!
Line a baking tray with oil and spread your fries evenly across the pan.
Sprinkle any seasonings you want to add extra flavor–less is more in this case!
Pop them into the oven for 30 minutes and you’re done!
Now you have a healthy alternative to greasy french fries with this recipe! Enjoy 🙂
As some of you know from my latest public health blog post, I was super stoked about having a farmers’ market just ten minutes from my apartment here in Baltimore! My roommate and I went a little bit on the later side, and there were great options to choose from that I think I’ll go back earlier in the future!
When we got back to our apartment with my < $20 purchase (yes, all this in the photo was less than $20!!), I was famished and ready to eat, and since I had bought two bags of mixed greens, you can say I was in the mood for some salad! I dug up the cauliflower and cucumbers in my fridge and got to work.
“Ingredients” (do people say ingredients when it comes to prepping a meal that doesn’t need to be cooked?)
dressing (I used balsamic vinegar and oil, but I’m definitely more of a fan of Italian or French dressing hehe)
There aren’t really any steps to this besides washing and cutting up whatever veggies you decided to use, and then pouring on as much dressing as your heart desires. I definitely felt super healthy after eating that! You can definitely change up your salad ingredients by adding protein or croutons to give it some extra textures and flavors 🙂 Enjoy eating healthy!