Right – so its Sunday and you’re planning your lunches for the week ahead!
The buzz words in your head are CLEAN LEAN PROTEIN GOOD FATS LOW CARB
and then your mind goes blank…
Well here is a perfect little dish that you can make ahead of time and will last up to 3 days in the fridge! It is easily transported in tupperware and just tastes better and better…
Quinoa, Avocado and Pomegranate Tabbouleh
80g quinoa – read packet instructions on how to make nice and fluffy.
6 tomatoes, diced into small chunks
5 large handfuls of roughly chopped fresh, flat-leaf parsley
1 handful of chopped fresh mint
1 large ripe hass avocado
2 tablespoons of toasted flaked almonds
Pomegranate seeds (you can buy these at most supermarkets pre-seeded if you need) If you can’t find pomegranates sultanas can be used as a substitute
2 large handfuls of leaves such as watercress, spinach and rocket
6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 grated garlic clove
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons of good quality honey
Sea salt and Black Pepper
Drain and rinse the quinoa well – make sure there are no bubbly bits in the water as these are the natural saponins which are not good for digestion. Cook according to packet instructions, usually 15 minutes, then drain and set aside to cool. Run a fork through it to lightly fluff up the quinoa
Put all the ingredients for the dressing in a jam jar (if you have one) and shake or grab a glass and whisk with a fork
Chop the tomatoes and cucumber – remove the seeded bit of the cucumber as this can make the salad go quite wet. If you cut the cucumber in half then half again length ways – grab a spoon and run it down from top to bottom you will find the seeds will pull out quite easily.
Combine the warm quinoa, tomatoes, cucumber and herbs with the dressing.
At this point if you wish to save for lunches this week – leave to cool till cold. Then seal in tupperware and keep in the fridge (see more info below)
Make a gorgeous bed of salad, place the tabbouleh on top, and add chopped avocado and pomegranate
Dry fry the flaked almonds few minutes on a medium heat until toasted and scatter over the tabbouleh.
Serve warm or cold
Keep the tabbouleh in the fridge
On the day of lunch: chop the avocado and place in a container with a squeeze of lemon/lime on top (this will stop from going brown) and place pomegranate.
Grab some toasted almonds (you can buy them pre-toasted) and sprinkle on top – just before eating for extra crunch
Place salad leaves on top in order to keep them fresh
Quinoa is full of protein
Avocado is a great healthy fat
and the rest is made up of beautiful skin nourishing herbs, fruit and veggies
Delicious, Nutritious and Perfect for anyone on the run!