So this week I have felt myself drawn to the cupboard where we keep all the sweets and ingredients to bake… Well, all I’ll say is that the pot of Nutella is now far lighter and there isn’t any more bread in the house, lol! You see my problem is that I love bread too much, like far too much. Unfortunately bread doesn’t like me and I always feel heavy and have less energy when I eat it regularly… So after a few days of too much snacking, I found myself in real need for something fresh, healthy and nutritious that would not take much time to cook for lunch. The answer to this came in the form of a quinoa salad packed with flavours although it doesn’t require a ton of ingredients…
Ingredients (for 2 people)
2/3 cup quinoa
1 cube vegetable stock
2 x 2/3 cup boiled water
A big handful of olives
Half a yellow pepper
A handful of freshly chopped parsley
For seasoning: the juice of 1 big lemon, 3 tbsp olive oil, pepper, 1 big teaspoon mustard
How to make it
Boil the water with the vegetable stock in a pan and add the quinoa. Cover with a lid. Once the quinoa comes to a boil lower the heat and mix the quinoa to ensure it doesn’t attach at the bottom. Add half the chopped parsley and mix well. Take the pan off the hob as soon as the quinoa has absorbed all the water. Let it cool down on the side
Cut the shallot, tomatoes, yellow pepper and olives very thin and mix them all together in a bowl with the rest of the chopped parsley
Prepare your dressing by mixing the lemon juice, olive oil, mustard and pepper in a little dish and pour over the vegetable mix
Add the cooled quinoa to the mix and taste to ensure the salad is seasoned to your liking.
Put your feet up and enjoy a healthy lunch that will keep you full until tea – and in my case, keep me away from the sweet cupboard!