Easy Nutritious Lunches- Salads

I’ve been on quite a salad roll for lunches lately! I used to think that salads alone were unsatisfying and would leave me hungry in a hour or so.  That is until I learned the right stuff to put in a salad! I love eating a big plate of veggies topped with other nutritious add ons! Very filling, satisfying, healthy and delicious!

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Here is the salad I had today for lunch: Romaine lettuce, cucumber, radishes, spinach, carrots, seaweed tofu, and quinoa. I dressed it with my favourite homemade salad dressing, which I will post later with recipe!  I love salads! So simple, quick to throw together and so versatile….and scrumptious!

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Salad in a jar… genius! A great way to take your salad on the go.

This salad consisted of: Black beans, sunflower seeds, broccoli, homemade lime coleslaw (cabbage, rasins, carrots, lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper), spinach, sweet onion sprouts, and hummus. I find that hummus provides a pretty good dressing! I also added a splash of apple cider vinegar. It is best to put dressing at the bottom along with beans and nuts. Keep the greens near the top to avoid becoming soggy.

Eat up!

Terrific Tofu Spring Rolls

I absolutely LOVE fresh spring rolls! They are quick to make and so so tasty…as well as healthy! Pair them with a delicious dipping sauce and you’ve got yourself a meal that will make your mouth water.

Makes 5 spring rolls

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Ingredients

  • 5 spring roll wrappers (rice wrappers)
  • 1/2 block tofu, cut into thin strips
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, grated
  • 1/2 beet, grated
  • 3 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cilantro, chopped

Directions

  • Marinade tofu for 1 hour in soy sauce, sesame oil, and vinegar.
  • Heat up frying pan and place marinated tofu on it to warm, flipping every so often for even cooking.
  • Prepare rice wraps as directed on package (usually soak for 5 seconds in warm water).
  • Place 1/5 of each: tofu, carrot, beets, avocado, onion, sesame seeds, and cilantro onto the middle of the prepared wrap.
  • Wrap as directed – seen on wrap’s packaging.
  • Pair with your favourite dipping sauce. I served mine with a sweet chill sauce and a peanut sauce.

Now dig in and start dipping!

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Inspiration for Healthy Eating. Reasons for Vegetarianism.

I have recently become vegetarian, adopting a mostly plant-based diet.  It was several documentaries that I watched that inspired me to adopt this new diet.  These documentaries are: Earthlings, Vegucated, Forks Over Knives, Food Matters, Hungry for Change, and Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.  I would encourage everyone to watch them!  After viewing these, I have become very interested and aware of what I put into my body…not that I won’t indulge on a sugary treat sometimes.  I’m interested in nourishing from the inside out!  I also thoroughly enjoy cooking and baking–making this new food journey enjoyable!