Curried Quinoa Salad

I have been bringing my lunch to work for years, but I don’t always do the best job of bringing filling and nutritious foods.  Some days I bring too little of the right foods and other days I bring too much of the wrong foods.

I have found over the years that what I eat for lunch directly impacts my success for the rest of the day.  If I don’t eat enough for lunch, I often find myself eating too much when I get home before dinner.  Snacking between lunch and dinner has always been my weakness.

This year, I really want to work on bringing balanced lunches to work.  I hope to focus on real foods, combining a healthy mixture of protein, complex carbs, dairy, vegetables, and fruit.  The fun part is being able to try out new recipes in the kitchen!

This week I created a Curried Quinoa Salad, adapted from Eating Well Magazine.

Curried Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

2 cups water
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 lime, juiced
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 Tbsp coconut oil
2 medium zucchini, diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup grated carrot

Directions

In a pot, combine water, quinoa, lime juice, curry powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.  Bring the pot to a boil, stirring occasionally.  Once the pot comes to a boil, cover and reduce heat.  Simmer the quinoa for 15 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked through.  Once cooked, fluff with fork and set to the side to cool.

In a saute pan, heat coconut oil and then add zucchini and onion to the pan.  Allow the vegetables to saute and soften, roughly 5 minutes.  Remove from heat.

In a bowl, combine cooled quinoa, sauteed vegetables, and carrots.  You can either serve the salad hot or cold. Enjoy!

Curried Quinoa Salad

This salad, which serves 4, is perfect for lunch.  Serve it alongside 2 clementines and a piece of cheese and you’re good to go!

Nutritional Value (Based on the products I used)
-Calories 252
-Fat 6g
-Carbohydrates 43g
-Fiber 6g
-Protein 9g
-Weight Watchers 6PP

Comments

  1. Tara says

    love Quinoa salads. One of my favorite is an asian salad-mix 1.5 cups of cole slaw or broccoli slaw with sautee peppers & onions, add a sesame vinagrette.
    Add chicken or steak for a main meal or have as a side.

  2. says

    This looks fantastic. I am a quinoa junkie. I add it to chili, makes salads with it, even add it with steel cut oats for breakfast. I love finding new recipes to try out- thanks for sharing.

  3. says

    Ashley,
    Wow, what I great recipe! I love curry and this sounds like something I will really enjoy after a long run! Thanks for providing this!

  4. Kasey says

    This sounds (and looks) amazing! And it seems simple enough to make without being too time consuming. I cannot wait to try this!

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