This nutrient-dense and satisfying ‘complete meal’ salad is rich in earthy, nutty flavors, and multiple textures. The quinoa, almonds, and pumpkin seeds – provide protein, good fats, and fiber. Along with the leafy greens, which offer plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants – the juicy sweet cherry tomatoes, and hearty roasted beets, create a hearty dish. Everything is brought together with the fresh, aromatic basil dressing! I suggest preparing enough of each component, to enjoy for 3 days worth of meals – saving time in the kitchen!
This colourful nutrient-dense side salad is a delicious addition to your lunch or dinner! Offering fiber-rich complex carbs (for sustained energy), amino acids (proteins), vitamins, minerals, and a wide mix of antioxidants. Kale, cabbage, and cabbage sprouts are part of the cruciferous family aka Brassica. Aside from being sources of vitamins K, A, C, calcium, and iron, they also contain anti-cancer antioxidants Glucosinolates. Purple pigmented kale, and cabbage provide Anthocyanins, another potent antioxidant with anti-cancer benefits. I chose to use these beautiful purple and red cued vegetables, to offer you more nutritional bang for your buck!
Making your own healthy plant-based meals and snacks for work/school helps you eat a healthy whole-food diet, and is much more cost-effective. One of the food myths is that eating healthily is more expensive. This may be the case if you’re eating out, but not if you’re preparing meals at home, which is always the healthiest approach. These ‘packed lunch’ mason jar salads are a great addition to your lunch and or delicious as a mid-afternoon snack! a nutritious and tasty way to incorporate more vegetables into your daily diet! To make this a complete meal salad, you could add 1 cup of beans, shelled edamame, lentils, peas, or a pseudo-grain like buckwheat, faro or quinoa that are all high in plant-based protein.
Ingredients: – Red beets (6) with greens intact – Luciano Kale, 1 small bunch – Purple kohlrabi (with greens), 2 big bulbs – Green kohlrabi, 4 small bulbs – Organic carrots (tops intact), 1 bunch – Soaked & rinsed chickpeas (If you do not wish to wash/soak/rinse beans, you can use cooked canned chickpeas for convenience […]
Spiralize a raw, peeled red beet. Move on to the yellow beet. Spiralize a raw, peeled daikon. Half the tomatoes, release the pomegranate seeds, chop up fresh herbs (coriander, parsley, basil). Dress the pasta with fresh lemon juice, good quality olive oil, salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Add the daikon, beets and fresh herbs […]