Lunch is probably the second hardest meal for me to plan for. Dinner is definitely THE HARDEST, but lunch is a runner up. I've been getting stomach aches from eating bad meat in my lunches lately... like bad deli meat in my sandwiches or I didn't cook my meat long enough so it ends up making me sick.
I got so tired of this problem that I decided to make a completely different kind of lunch for myself. I wanted to eat more fresh veggies, and choose a more nutritious, light weight and delicous option. Then I remembered this wonderful mango quinoa salad I had at the Whole Foods Market in Salt Lake City once. So I looked up the recipe and was SO surprised by how incredibly EASY it was to make!
I made this for my lunch this week and oh-my-goodness it was PERFECT! Light weight, tasty, full of nutrients and veggies and oh-so-delicious!!!
It's SO EASY to make - all you do is boil the quinoa and toss in the rest of the ingredients!
Here's the recipe straight from the Whole Foods Market blog:
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 large tomato, seeded and diced
- 2 ears corn, kernels removed ( or frozen corn or 1 can of corn)
- 1 cucumber diced
- 1 mango, peeled and diced (or frozen mango chunks)
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped chives
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve until water runs clear, drain and transfer to a medium pot. Add 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer until water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside off the heat for 5 minutes; uncover and fluff with a fork.
Add remaining ingredients and toss until combined.
Quinoa is a very healthy grain and is considered a "super food" because of how uniquely AWESOME it is.
Here are my 5 favorite reasons why Quinoa rocks:
1. Quinoa contains twice the fiber of other grains
2. Quinoa is the only grain that has ridiculous protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids (whut?!)
3. Quinoa has antioxidants
4. Quinoa has small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids (great for brain health)
5. Quinoa contains healthy minerals like manganese and magnesium, which work to help our cells fuction optimally
I hope you try it and enjoy!!! Leave me a comment and tell me if you have a newly discovered favorite salad!
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