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Quinoa and Mixed Greens Salad Recipe

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This quinoa and mixed greens salad recipe is easy and full of protein, fiber and vitamins. quinoa salad weight loss mom bloggers los angeles

This is the summer of getting healthy and for me that means eating right. I get plenty of exercise, but I’ve gotten in the habit of chasing a long run with a burger and fries. I’ve decided that instead of following a strict diet (which I’ve never been able to follow) I would try just cutting back on things I tend to overeat like bread, pasta, cookies, and cake. I’m not giving up carbs because I love them so, but just cutting back on them a little.

It’s been about 2 weeks and I feel great. One of my favorite things to eat recently is Quinoa and it fits nicely into my modified diet plan. Although it’s often called an Ancient Grain it’s really a seed and is packed with protein and fiber. According the Food Network, “One cup of cooked quinoa has 220 calories, 5 grams of fiber and a whopping 8 grams of protein.” It’s naturally gluten-free and it tastes really good. I cook it (it takes about 15 minutes) as a side dish with olive oil and sauteed vegetables, or sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

This recipe makes a simple lunch or dinner that is satisfying and delicious. You can also add cooked chicken, dried cranberries, or candied walnuts. This is a guide so add more or less quinoa and hummus to taste. This recipe feeds 2.

Quinoa and Mixed Greens Salad 

1 (5 ounce) bag washed mixed baby greens

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 carrot

4 tablespoons hummus

balsamic dressing

Split the salad between 2 plates. Grate half of the carrot onto each salad. Sprinkle each plate with 1/2 cup of Quinoa. Scoop 2 tablespoons of hummus in the middle of the salad. Add balsamic dressing to taste. Enjoy!

Yvonne Condes is the Editor and co-Founder of MomsLA.com. She writes about life, kids, and gluten-free cooking on YvonneInLA.com.

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