Cooking while on our vacation in the East Coast was, unfortunately, nonexistent…despite our best intentions. I told Todd that I would be just fine abstaining from Chipotle for the next 6-12 months, which is convenient since Alaska doesn’t have any. So. Many. Sofritas. (That’s their new vegan tofu burrito.)Yep, it’s nice to be home and actually be able to form a meal once again. I was feeling pretty yucky-tummy due to the 10-day round of antibiotics coupled with two weeks of bagels, beer, burritos, pita chips, and hummus. So much hummus, you guys.

Anyway, this Mango Quinoa Salad is the absolute perfect combination of plant-protein, fresh herbs, crunchy nuts, and sweet fruit to refresh my palate and cleanse my body. I’m happily saying ta-ta to travel snacks, for a looong time. 

Clean eating at it’s yummiest!

Mango Quinoa Salad

Serves 4-6

  • Quinoa:
  • 1 1/2 cups dry quinoa (I use red)
  • 3 cups water
  • Sustenance: 
  • 1-2 ripe mango(s), peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped (about 1/4 onion)
  • 1/4 cup cashews, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro (leaves and stems), chopped
  • Dressing:
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice 
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vegan sugar 
  • pinch of black pepper

In a large saucepan, bring the quinoa and the water to a boil over high heat. Then, reduce to a simmer and cover. Allow to cook for about 15 minutes, until the water is gone. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Set aside until ready to use. 

Meanwhile, combine the sustenance ingredients in a large serving bowl. 

Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. 

When the quinoa is done, add it to the sustenance mixture and stir well to combine. 

Drizzle the dressing over the mixture and stir well to coat.

Allow to rest for about 10 minutes. Can be served warm or cold.  

Listening to Lorde – Buzzcut Season

German Word of The Day: To travel –> reisen (pronounced: rye-zen)

Good Deed of The Day: Oh SeaWorld, why won’t you just go away already? Sign this petition to humanely release the Orca whale known as Tilikum to a sea pen for rehab.

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