Kale and Quinoa Salad

I think I’ve said this before but.. salad’s are my favourite. When you tell people you had salad for dinner, they either think you’re depriving yourself, or you’re boring. Well I am here to tell you that my salads are never dull, small, or boring!

2014-04-06 007 2014-04-06 006This Kale and Quinoa salad is packed with vitamins, nutrients, and tons of flavour. Not to mention I get super full after I eat it, so there goes the myth that salads never satisfy you.

For this salad you need quinoa, kale, mushrooms, red pepper, carrots, cucumber, dried cranberries, walnuts, and sunflower seeds.

2014-04-06 003 2014-04-06 0021. First start off by washing your kale and putting it into a bowl.

2. Cut up your veggies into small pieces.

3. Pour 2 cups of water into a pot, and boil on high. Add in 1 cup of quinoa. Once it starts to boil, turn it down to medium, and cook until your quinoa is soft and fluffy looking. You may or may not need to add more water depending on how it absorbs it and cooks.

2014-04-06 003 2014-04-06 0034. Pour your quinoa into your salad and mix it together.

5. Add in all of your veggies, along with dried cranberries, walnuts, and sunflower seeds.

6. Top with your favourite kind of dressing. I used mixed berry vinaigrette.

I ate my salad with a side of broccoli, asparagus, and sweet potato fries. Enjoy! 🙂

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Green Pineapple Smoothie Bowl

I have created yet another green smoothie recipe. I first tried this out as a drinkable smoothie, and then within a few days, changed the recipe just slightly to make a thick, creamy smoothie bowl.

2014-03-27 001 2014-03-27 023You can use the recipe to make either a smoothie or a smoothie bowl, it all depends on how much liquids you put in it. This smoothie is slightly different from my other green smoothie because I altered the ingredients slightly. They both taste delicious though.

IMG_9509That’s the thing I love about green smoothies. They don’t have to be the exact same every time. You can switch up the ingredients by adding more or less, or even adding in a new ingredient, and it will still taste awesome. For this green smoothie, the new ingredient was pineapple.

1. In your blender, add 3 frozen bananas

2. Add 1 cup of spinach, and 3/4 cups of water (you can add more or less depending on how liquidy you like it)

3. Add 1/2 cups of pineapple

4. Add 1 tsp. of all natural peanut butter

5. Blend it all together for 30 seconds, or until it’s all blended up

This recipe makes a drinkable smoothie. If you want to make a thick smoothie bowl, simple add less water, perhaps 1/3 cups, but you can experiment and see how much you need while you’re making it.

IMG_9515Pour it into a bowl and add muesli, pineapple, banana, hemp hearts, chia seeds, and strawberries!

Or pour it into a glass to sip on.