Easy Weeknight Quinoa & Tempeh Salad

One of the key things I try to teach my clients is that healthy cooking doesn't have to be complicated.  It doesn't have to be a chore.  And you don't need to be a chef.  But like everything, it gets easier with practice.

So I'm going to start sharing with you some healthy and easy recipes. Here is an easy weeknight salad dish that I love:

I like to change up the salad to create different versions - I'll make it with romaine one day, arugula the next.  I make the dressing one day with tahini & lime, and another day with apple cider vinegar and olive oil.  

I also mix up my grains - one week I make quinoa, the next week I'll make amaranth.  And of course the protein as well - one day I'll make some wild salmon for my salad, another day tofu or tempeh, the following week I'll cook some organic free-range chicken, etc.

A useful tip for all of my busy folks: I usually recommend choosing one day of the week to cook some things in bulk (a few servings, depending on how many people you're cooking for).  I always pre-cook a large batch of quinoa, and usually freeze part of it as well.  That way I have the quinoa ready, in order to make this delicious recipe in a breeze.  And for another easy meal, I'll re-heat the quinoa with some coconut oil and fresh chopped-up veggies.  I'll do the same with other basics, for example, I'll make a big batch of my lentil and vegetable stew for the week, freeze part of it if I'm cooking for just myself, then all I have to do is heat some lentil stew on the stove win a touch of oil, add a side salad, and I have a healthy 5 min dinner ready when I get home from work or the gym. 

Give it a try!  It becomes easy with just a bit of preparation and practice.  Comments and tips always welcome.  

Happy cooking!

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