DETOX QUINOA VEG-RICH SALAD
When I’ve over-indulged, which is what has happened this last week, (pancakes for breakfast, ice-cream after lunch, creamy pasta dishes and red wine) my body sends me pretty clear signals that it wants to get back to nourishing veg-rich foods.
This is one of my fave go-to’s when I’m looking to reset.
In my book, healthy food needs to not only be nourishing, but also delicious and have great texture. This dish of crunchy raw veggies, soft cooked roasted vegetables, creamy avocado and zingy preserved lemons, satisfies every tastebud.
This salad is filled with over 6 different types of veggies (some raw, some cooked), protein from the quinoa and seeds and plenty of phytonutrients and fibre.
It’s so simple to make (you can make extra and keep in the fridge for the nest day) and so good for you!
COOKING QUINOA ISN’T HARD, BUT MANY PEOPLE DO IT WRONG.
1. First of all I try to always soak quinoa before I cook it. I soak quinoa in a bowl of warm water (2 cups water, 1 cup quinoa) with a splash of apple cider vinegar for 12-24 hours. Soaking grains helps to remove some of the naturally occurring phytic acid in the grain, which helps improve digestibility and speeds up cooking time..2. Choose which veggies you’d like to roast. I like sweet potato, courgette, tomatoes and red peppers – but anything you’ve got will work. Roast veggies in olive oil and season with salt and rosemary. Roasting takes 30-45 minutes.
3. After you’ve soaked and rinsed the quinoa (or skip this step if you don’t have time) cook your quinoa in just enough boiling water to cover the quinoa. I add a teaspoon of vegetable bouillon which adds a salty flavour. If you have soaked the quinoa it will cook in about 10 minutes, if not it will take 20-30 minutes. You know quinoa is ready when it’s tail is visible.
4. Choose which raw veggies you’d like to add. I like fennel, carrot and rocket leaves, but you can choose any that you like. Dice them up into small pieces.
5. Lastly, add chopped preserved lemons, sliced avocado, coriander and parsley and toasted seeds. Flavour with sesame oil, lime juice and tamari/soy sauce.
Eating more vegetables is one of the easiest and simplest ways to gently detox the system, fill up on vitamins and aid digestion. In my 30 Day Lifestyle Reset Programme I encourage participants to eat 9 cups of veggies a day. It’s such a simple but effective habit.