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Lemon Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Tomatoes #Sunday Supper

lemon quinoa salad with tomato and asparagusThis week is all about Spring recipes on the #SundaySupper site, but honestly, I think that thinking is kind of hopeful! We still have snow and have more coming, so “spring” is just not on the horizon yet in these parts of New England. That said, I am sharing a great recipe for a healthy, lemony, quinoa salad that thankfully, you can enjoy whenever you want to – Spring or not!

If you like pasta salads but don’t want to eat all that…well, pasta, then quinoa salad may be your new favorite thing. Quinoa is just plain yummy and a good way to switch up your boring routine salads! This spring-time version has all the best smells too: basil and lemon. Oh my. My kitchen smells amazing from this!

Lemon Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Tomatoes #Sunday Supper

Lemon Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Tomatoes #Sunday Supper

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 clove peeled garlic, pressed
  • 10 spears fresh asparagus, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 4-6 basil leaves, chopped or thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to season

Instructions

  1. Make the quinoa according to the package directions (simmer until done). Set aside to cool.
  2. In a medium saute pan, add the oil and saute the garlic, taking care not to burn.
  3. Add the asparagus and saute until it turns bright green and then browned a bit.
  4. While this cooks, to a large bowl, add the cooled quinoa. Squeeze the lemon juice over the quinoa with zest and stir to combine. Add the tomatoes and basil. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the asparagus, making sure to scrape the oil and garlic into the bowl. Stir gently to combine it all. Serve at room temperature or chill until ready to serve cooled.
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Thanks to the host this week, Anne from Simple and Savory.

Here’s your inspiration for Spring, no matter what the temperature:

Breakfast

Cakes, Pies, and Sweets

Cookies and Bars

Main Courses

Pastas

Seafood

Veggies and Sides

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.
lemon quinoa salad with tomato and asparagus

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2-in1 Recipe: Clean Eating Muffins or Pancakes

clean-eating-muffins-or-pancakesI have bombarded Pinterest, and all of my cookbooks to scrape together some meals and lunches that I haven’t made yet- I hate when it seems like I am making the same 5 meals over and over again, but that is exactly what I do! Especially when it comes to eating clean and healthy foods, I just hit a wall of boredom. I love to bake muffins and cookies for the kids, and I can’t eat that if I am eating “clean” so I stop making them entirely. Well, I found a great recipe to satisfy my need for a muffin without derailing my healthy eating efforts.

Not only does this recipe make muffins, it makes pancakes, so you get 2 clean-recipes for the price of 1- which is free. So, “you’re welcome,” I guess! I have to be honest. These taste like clean-eating muffins…but their muffins. And I appreciate the fact that I am eating them at all and still staying on a clean-eating plan. So, enjoy if you too need some variation in your diet and have a cup of tea and a muffin…or pancake!

Your 2-for-1 recipe:

2-in-1 Recipe:Clean Eating Muffins or Pancakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 muffins, or 6 pancakes

Serving Size: 1

50 calories each.

2-in-1 Recipe:Clean Eating Muffins or Pancakes

For a great, clean eating snack that is Advocare 24-Day Challenge approved!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dry oats
  • 3/4 cup egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 packet Stevia

Instructions

    For Muffins
  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Spray your muffin tin.
  2. In a bowl, mix the oats, cinnamon, cocoa and stevia.
  3. In a separate small bowl, whisk your egg whites and oil until frothy.
  4. Add to the dry ingredients until combined.
  5. Pour into 6 muffin cups or 12 mini-muffin cups.
  6. Bake for 12-14 minutes for 6, and 7-10 for mini.
  7. For Pancakes
  8. Heat a non-stick skillet to medium.Spray or add a bit of oil.
  9. Add all ingredients to a blender.Blend until combined.
  10. Pour into 6 pancakes, flipping when brown on one side.
  11. *Serve with your favorite fruit or syrup.

Notes

I analyzed the calories from www.caloriecount.com. *For the pancakes, adding fruit or syrup increases your calorie count by what you use.

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Get Your Greens Smoothie #SundaySupper

Get Your greens smoothieMy sister will get a kick out of this one.

She came over to my house one day at least seven years ago, and had a brownish-green smoothie…this was before green smoothies were a thing- anyway, she came over, and my husband and I asked her what was in it, since it looked extremely unappetizing to us. She proceeded to list all the goodies inside the wonderous brown liquid, and then finally said, “and it has parsely too. That way you get your greens!” Well wonderful. In order to “get your greens” you have to drink a sludge of brown liquid. Not for me.

So all these years later, we can now see the wisdom of my sister’s ways, as we put green things into our smoothies on a regular basis now. And every time- yes, every single time- we say, “and that way you get your greens!”

Not only are green smoothies popular now, there is a blogger who is all but dedicated her entire blog to them: Simple Green Smoothies. She has a 101-type of intro on green smoothies, so I sort of follow her master plan:

Leafy greens + Liquid + Fruit

Seems smart to start there, and since she has a whole blog dedicated to green smoothies, I figure she must know her stuff. Here’s what I did:

Leafy Green: Kale

add to: Water

Blend

add Fruit: Frozen pineapple, frozen banana, and frozen peaches

Blend Again.

Done.

It was delicious. And I think because the fruit was frozen, it adds an even better taste to it. She recommends wisely, I think to blend the greens and the liquid together first so it gets nice and mashed together. Then adding the fruit after to put it all together. I think you could add a protein powder in vanilla flavor if that is your extra healthy boost, but you can totally have this as is without the protein.

So for formality sake, here is the recipe:

Get Your Greens Smoothie

Get Your Greens Smoothie

This is a nice, refreshing smoothie full of flavor and healthy ingredients...and this way, "you get your greens!"

Ingredients

  • 2 cups washed and stemmed kale or spinach
  • 1/2 of a frozen, peeled banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple pieces
  • 1/2 cup frozen peach slices
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Add the greens and water to the blender, and blend on medium.
  2. Add the frozen fruit.
  3. Blend.
  4. Serve.
  5. **

Notes

*Recipe inspired by Simple Green Smoothies.

**You can add 1 scoop vanilla protein powder if desired.

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Smoothie: Get your greens!

And, since it’s green, you can share it this week for St. Patrick’s Day! That is a win-win, if I have heard one…and by the way, there’s lots more green food where this came from! The Sunday Supper Bloggers have outdone themselves with GREEN this week! “Thank you” to Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures who is hosting this week, and check out these healthy and green inspired recipes and give them some love:

Best Breakfasts

Must Make Main Dishes

Scrumptious Salads

Stunning Sides

Dreamy Desserts

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Get Your greens smoothie

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