Grapefruit + Jicama Salad.

{Peel and Chop Jicama}

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{Add all ingredients + Spices}

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If you are looking for a light salad, this is perfect. I find more often than not that when I make something I usually have leftovers of the items that I didn’t use. The problem is I love to cook but sometime can’t eat the food fast enough so I have to be creative with the items I buy so they can be used in different meals. With the new year upon us and everyone on their “detox/resolution” craze- you can add this one to the list of must makes! This is flavorful, and a perfect starter salad or side dish.

{Ingredients}

  • 1 large jicama (I used half)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 large cucumber, chopped
  • 1 orange, peel and slice crosswise ( I used grapefruit because I thought it was an orange, oops!)
  • 1/2 chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup lime juice (Fresh/ I also used 1/2 Lemon)
  • pinch of cayenne
  • pinch of paprika
  • sea salt (to taste)

Directions:

Toss together the jicama, bell peppers, red onion, cucumber, orange, and cilantro in a large serving bowl.  Pour juice over all. Sprinkle with a pinch of cayenne and paprika. Season with salt.

Let it sit a half hour before serving so the veggies can absorb the flavor!

ENJOY!

This recipe can be found here.

“Tacoless” Quinoa Salad.

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Remember this? I posted this on my blog page a couple of weeks ago. It’s one of my favorite, nutrient packed salads. Quinoa is a great rice or pasta substitute. You can eat alot and not feel extremely bloated afterwards. Sound familiar? You can choose any ingredients that you like or take any away that you dislike. Minimal time and it’s ready to serve in a matter of minutes.

What you’ll need:

  • Quinoa
  • Avocado
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Red Onion
  • Corn (I use frozen)
  • Kidney Bean or Black Bean ( I used canned- no salt added beans)
  • Cilantro
  • Tomato
  • Jalapeno
  • Olive Oil
  • Lime
  • Salt/Pepper to taste

Cook the quinoa separate. For every 1 cup of quinoa use 2 cups of water (or chicken broth for extra flavor.) Dice up all your preferred veggies and cilantro. I use all raw ingredients but you can cook as well if you like. I mix the veggies + quinoa together and mix a little bit of olive oil. I use about 2 limes, and flavor with salt and pepper. Remember- easy with the salt (it’s easy to get carried away but we are so used to it we don’t even think twice.) If you aren’t vegetarian- organic chicken is always an option to add for extra protein. This can be served warm or store in the fridge until ready to serve (It tastes great both ways.) This is great lunch alternative to eating out or a great dish to bring to a party. People LOVE it. Fresh is best!

Enjoy!

Back To The Grind

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Back to the grind! I started 3 science classes last week, two of which involve labs. What does that mean? Time is of the essence. I know what it’s like to be busy, but I still will not compromise my healthy habits simply because I am busy. The grocery store is my “BFF” and they pretty much see me everyday! When I don’t have time to prepare, I drop by Whole Foods and pick up a lunch snack of some sort. This is much better than starving or choosing a less healthier option provided at school/ work or not being provided at all. I cant tell you How many times I forget what I do or don’t eat when my days are filled. This is important, you NEED to eat. Your body needs energy. What’s the key to success? Plan ahead! Remember, if you don’t buy it, you are less likely to eat it!

Best Watermelon Salad

This is such a great summer salad! My favorite part about summer is the many fruits that are available, watermelon being one of them! Sometimes light and crisp is the taste we are going for….especially when it is hot out!

What you’ll need:

  • Watermelon (Cut up)
  • Spinach
  • Feta or Goat Cheese (Or no cheese)
  • Fresh Chopped Mint
  • Balsamic Vinegarette Dressing

Mix ingredients and I promise it will be delicious! Enjoy!