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!

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Addicting Avocado Tofu Sushi

Does everyone love sushi as much as I do? I love the creaminess of the avocado and the crunchiness of the raw veggies in this recipe..and of course the tofu for a satisfying protein! All my taste testers love this one! Even my sushi disliking boyfriend said “I’ll eat this sushi any day!” Success!

Makes 3 sushi rolls

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Ingredients

  • 1 C. uncooked sushi rice
  • 1 1/3 C. water
  • 3 nori rollers (seaweed papers)
  • small block extra firm tofu.
  • 1 med. grated carrot
  • 1/4 red pepper, cut into strips
  • 1/4 small cucumber, cut into strips
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, cut into strips
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh grated ginger
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds – optional
  • Wasabi, soy sauce and pickled ginger for serving – optional

Directions

  • Cut tofu into long strips and place in bowl with fresh ginger and soy sauce. Let sit for an hour or as time allows.
  • Place rice in a strainer and rinse until water becomes clear to remove starches.
  • Place rice in pot with water and set over high heat.
  • Continue to stir every minute until the water boils.
  • Turn down to med low heat and cover.
  • Check after 6-8 minutes. The water should be absorbed if not, leave it a little longer but make sure not to burn!
  • Place nori on bambu mat or cutting board ( I don’t find the mat to be necessary).
  • Cover entire surface of seaweed with warm rice.
  • At one end of seaweed place all veggies and tofu along edge – see picture below.
  • Begin at the end with veggies and begin to tightly roll your sushi…as you would roll up a yoga mat!
  • Slice sushi roll into bit size sushi and enjoy!
  • Serve with pickled ginger, soy sauce, and wasabi if you desire.

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Have a great Sushi Sunday!

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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Vegan’s Dream “Egg” Salad

I’ve always enjoyed egg salad sandwiches but now that I’m not really into eating eggs I decided to try make something similarly enjoyable! …and boy, was it ever good! It is a tofu salad sandwich… hope you enjoy!Image

 

Ingredients 

  • 1/4 block tofu, crumbled or chopped
  • 3 pickles, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado, mashed
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. cumin
  • dash of paprika
  • squirt of mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Fixings of your choice

Directions

  • Combine mashed avocado with lemon juice and garlic. Whip up to remove chunks until smooth mayo-like texture is achieved.
  • Add remaining ingredients into avocado mixture
  • Enjoy on a wrap, toasted bread or as is!
  • Top with your desired fixings!

Note: This time I topped mine with cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, tomato, chives, and romaine lettuce.

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This is a quick and easy recipe.

Have a great day!