I go through phases from time to time when I just cannot bring myself to eat any meat. As a clean eater, this can present a challenge if you don’t carefully monitor your food. So when this happens, I tend to rely more on quinoa.
Quinoa is light, tasty and because it’s a seed, it’s full of protein as well. In fact, as I understand it, it’s quite possibly the only “grain” we have that has all 9 amino acids. Meaning, it’s a complete protein just like meat!
I love this recipe because it’s full of good, healthy fats from the avocado and is also a very versatile dish. If cilantro isn’t your thing, try some other herbs like tarragon or basil. Any way you make this, it will be wonderful. And if you prefer to have meat, you can always add some on the side, or cut some up to mix into the salad. You can’t really go wrong with this one, and it’s perfect for the upcoming warmer months because it’s just as tasty when it’s cold.
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Clean Eating Vegetarian Quinoa and Avocado Salad with Carnivorous Possibilities
(Makes 6 servings)
- 3 cups cooked and cooled quinoa
- 1 (10 ounce) package cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup fresh, chopped cilantro
- 2 medium avocados, cut into chunks
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- Juice of 2 limes
- Salt to taste
- Mix everything together in a large mixing bowl and serve.
Note: This will definitely need some salt. But I leave it up to you to decide how much.
If you would prefer to make this a carnivorous dish, simply add in some cooked ground turkey breast or some shredded chicken breasts. Simple and delicious!