General Health Salad #7

Protein & Healthy Fats

Warm Quinoa and Spinach Salad

This dish is full of protein and healthy fat, so it will provide long-lasting energy throughout the day. If you prepare your quinoa ahead of time (keep a big batch handy in the fridge) it takes just five minutes to put together!

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon raw honey (some people like to add a tiny bit of sweetness)
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
  • Juice from ½ fresh lemon
  • 1-2 wheels of goat’s feta cheese, cubed
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 4 cups of baby spinach, rinsed
  • Fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • Pink Himalayan salt to taste

Special Equipment

  • Sauté / frying pan

Instructions

  • To prepare the dressing, mix together tahini, lemon juice and honey in a small bowl or cup.
  • Heat organic coconut oil in a pan on the stove.
  • Add spinach and sauté until spinach begins to wilt.
  • Add quinoa and stir until warm.
  • Mix in dressing, then transfer to plates, top with avocado, sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy!

Serves 2

Avocado

  • Are avocados a super food? They can be for babies and toddlers certainly and for those who are underweight.  They’re nutritious and tasty and can be used in a number of different ways.  They are nutrient dense when compared to the number of calories they contain.
  • There is no need to avoid them if you are trying to lose weight.  It’s been shown that eating nutrient dense foods such as avocados actually makes you eat less!
  • Avocados contain vitamins C, E, B6 and K, potassium, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, niacin, lutein and fibre.
  • They also contain monounsaturated fats, which can help to lower blood cholesterol. Lutein is said to lower the risk of macular degeneration and eye diseases associated with aging. It also helps maintain healthy skin.
  • If you’ve given up trying to grow the pits, you can dry them for a few days, pulverize them and use them as part of a homemade facial scrub. 
  • Great alternative to mayo on a sandwich or dressing on a salad.
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