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Quinoa and Avocado Salad

Quinoa and Avocado Salad

I am currently devouring the salad I speak of as I type this. It is bursting with flavor and I am content. I am also thrilled to be taking a break from outlining (how law students prepare for finals EWWW SOS) and sharing this delicious recipe with all of you :). My daily schedule has become more and more routine as my finals approach. Wake up 7:30-8:00 am. Breakfast, study or class, eat, cry (jk), study, eat, sleep. More and more I find myself relying on my beloved oatmeal for moral support and to carry me through the morning. Once lunch rolls around I asked myself “what is filling and easy to pack away?” A SALAD WITHOUT LETTUCE because lets face it, lettuce sucks. One thing I did not add in that I regret is some type of nut. May I suggest walnuts?

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Ah, now on to this beaut. Avocado, dried cranberries, tempeh, three grain quinoa, garbanzo beans, and a dijon mustard vinagrette? YES PLEASE.

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Dreamy.

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I think it’s fair to call this a fall salad? It has dried cranberries and dried cranberries usually pop in somewhere on the Thanksgiving spread. Butttttttt, if you don’t like dried cranberries, I think that poppin’ in some dates and walnuts would be more than a sub par alternative.

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Share this with your loved ones or keep it all for yourself! It is the PERFECT lunch to pack up for work and school. I eat it either chilled or at room temperature. Enjoy friends!!! xxxx Mary

Quinoa and Avocado Salad
Serves 5
Vegan Salad
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of Three Grain Quinoa or just regular
  2. 2 cups vegetable stock and additional water to boil quinoa
  3. 1 large avocado
  4. 1 can garbanzo beans
  5. 2 servings of tempeh (I cook mine in vegetable stock before adding to salad)
  6. ½ cup dried cranberries
For Vinaigrette
  1. 2 tbsp olive oil
  2. 1-2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  3. ¼ tsp salt
  4. ¼ tsp pepper
  5. ¼ tsp onion powder
  6. Can add agave to make it semi sweet but I did not
Instructions
  1. Boil the quinoa for the time directed on package. Cube the tempeh and cook it in vegetable stock for a few minutes
  2. Slice up the avocado
  3. In a bowl, whisk in the olive oil with the other vinaigrette ingredients
  4. Add all ingredients to a large bowl, stir, and EAT
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Vegan Coconut Curry

Vegan Coconut Curry

  

Keep calm and curry on guys because I made the most delectable low fat and low calorie coconut curry. I LOVE curry and am open to trying any variety, but this one is fab because of its simplicity. Don’t be intimidated by this recipe because it’s really hard to mess up. Instead of using full fat coconut milk, I used a lighter one with 80 calories a cup, so no need to feel guilty after devouring this. This particular curry is best served over basmati rice. The combination of the bold curry flavors and the nuttiness from the rice are delishhhhhhh. Ok, I’m definitely biased BUT this is soooooo good, and people will think that it took you hours to make. Nah, try 50 minutes including prep time. 

Vegan Coconut Curry
Serves 5
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Total Time
50 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of plain coconut milk ( I used 80 calories per serving one)
  2. 3 cups of vegetable stock
  3. 6 root carrots chopped
  4. 2 small tomatoes diced
  5. 1 large zucchini chopped
  6. 1 medium head of broccoli
  7. 1 cup of asparagus chopped
  8. 1 small onion chopped
  9. 1 tbsp curry powder ( you can add 1 and 1/2 if you want really bold flavors)
  10. 2 tbsp olive oil
  11. 1 tbsp garlic powder
  12. 2 bay leaves
  13. 1/2 tsp pepper
  14. 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
Instructions
  1. Chop the onion and tomato into small pieces and sauté in a large pot for 5-7 minutes in olive oil.
  2. Chop up the rest of the vegetables and add them to the pot. Sauté for about ten minutes.
  3. Add the coconut milk, stock, and spices.
  4. Let the curry cook on low to medium, interchanging for about 45 minutes.
  5. Serve over basmati or eat as is!!!
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