Lentil Salad Lunch

I have been making this lentil salad for about a year and I finally decided to post it. I included a lunch suggestion to have with this. For this recipe you can add as many of each ingredient as you would like, that’s the beauty of vegetables! Hope you enjoy! x lentil salad

Ingredients

  1. (no sodium / low sodium) black lentils
  2. shredded cabbage
  3. shredded carrots
  4. edamame
  5. sunflower seeds
  6. green/red onion
  7. olive oil
  8. lime

Recipe:

  • Add all ingredients except olive oil and lime to a bowl and mix
  • Measure out 2 tbs of olive oil and stir in 1-2 juiced limes
  • Drizzle dressing on salad and serve

lentil meal

OPTIONAL: To make this a meal, add grilled chicken and pineapple salsa

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is one of my favorite meals to make because it is low carb and, well, low everything! It also is light on your stomach and can be paired with different seasonings. Feel free to mix it up with toppings like; marinara sauce and basil or olive oil and parmesan cheese. spegttt squash

How to cook the squash

  1.  Use a sharp paring knife to pierce the spaghetti squash in 10 to 15 places, spacing the cuts evenly apart.
    • It is very important that you pierce the squash before microwaving it. Otherwise, it could overheat and explode in the microwave. (that may or may not have happened to me before)
  2. Place the whole squash on a paper towel and microwave for 10-12 minutes depending on the size of your squash.
  3. Let the squash cool for about five minutes
  4. Use a sharp knife to cut the squash open lengthwise, from top to bottom.
    • Wear oven mitts or hold the squash with a towel as you do this. It usually is still hot.
    • Cutting the squash open should be very easy. If it isn’t, you may need to microwave it for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Scrape out the seeds with a fork and/or spoon into a bowl and discard.
  6. Now, on the good stuff: Get a dish ready to put your “pasta” in and scrape out the inside of the squash. With the flesh-side facing up, use a dinner fork to scrape the flesh of the squash away from the shell and toward the hollowed out center.
    • Move around the entire perimeter of the shell, gently pulling the flesh away in spaghetti-like strands and “fluffing” those strands toward the center as you work.

Recipe

  • Add about two to three tablespoons of good olive oil and season with black pepper, Ms. Dash, and parmesan cheese
  • Add desired amount of marinara sauce and top with fresh basil

 

If additional help was needed, this video is very helpful to give a visual representation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPFErHz6zOM 

Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Cook-Spaghetti-Squash-in-Microwave 

Blissful Chicken Burgers

These chicken burgers are mostly vegetables! Sense they are made with chicken, the burgers are full of protein and virtually no carbs and low in fat. The perfect simple dish for dinner! bliss chicken

Recipe: 

  1. Chop up kale, broccoli, green onion, red onion, and bell pepper
  2. Add vegetables to organic ground chicken (preferably white meat)
  3. Add one whole egg to the mixture (optional but recommended) and cracked pepper
  4. Spray a grill pan with coconut or olive oil spray, put the burgers on the grill pan and flatten out with a oil-coated spatula
  5. Cook for four-five minutes on the first side and about three minutes on the second or until done

Green-Machine Bowl

I love making these bowls because they are so quick and you can essentially add anything to them following this guide: carb, protein, vegetable, fat. brussels bowl

Recipe: 

  1. Cook 1/4 cup quinoa with 1/2 cup water for about 15 minutes or until the water is fully absorbed. If all the water is soaked up and the quinoa is still dry, add more water until quinoa is light and fluffy
  2. Cook brussels sprouts with my “Brussels Sprouts” on how to cook the perfect brussels sprouts
  3. Add 1/2 an avocado and/or 1/2 cup edemame beans. Sometime the edemame beans don’t suit well with my stomach so I will use tofu for the protein
  4. Combine all the parts in a bowl w avo bowl

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