Have you ever started eating a delicious meal, only to get two bites in
and the baby cries?
What if your meal was good hot and cold and even the next day?
Pfft. Problem solved.
I am in love with this meal, because the quinoa and sweet potatoes can be made ahead, AND the whole meal works amazing as a left over meal, just remember to keep the dressing separate.
Quinoa is a must in a busy moms diet because it has double to fibre of other grains, which will keep you feeling full, longer. This quick cooking grain is also one of the most protein rich foods we can eat. Protein is essential for building and repairing muscles, bones and tissues to keep us glowing from the inside out.
What You Need:
1 1/4 cup quinoa (uncooked)
2 small sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2″ rounds
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup thawed, shelled edamame
2 carrots cut into match sticks
1/2 cup of sprouts
2 green onions
cilantro chopped – to taste
1 tablespoon of sesame seeds
1 tablespoon of hemp hearts
Sweet Orange and Miso Dressing (under this post, keep scrolling down)
What You Do
- Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the rounds of sweet potato in a bowl and coat with olive oil and salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes. Flip the rounds over and bake another 10 minutes. I then broiled the rounds for a few minutes to get that slightly blackened look.
- As the sweet potato cooks, cook your quinoa. I used 2 cups of water and 1 1/4 cup of quinoa, simmered for 15 minutes. But follow the instructions on your quinoa.
- Make Sweet Orange and Miso Dressing (see recipe below)
- Assemble the salad. Quinoa first, then edamame beans, green onions, cilantro, sesame seeds, and hemp heart. Place your carrot match sticks to one side, sprouts to the other and decorate with the blackened sweet potato rounds. If you are storing this for later, now is the time BEFORE the dressing. When you are ready to eat, drizzle the Sweet Orange and Miso Dressing all over and enjoy!
Sweet Orange and Miso Dressing
Miso is a fermented soy product that can introduce loads of friendly bacteria to your gut, helping you to strengthen your digestive system, and it’s delicious!
What You Need
3 tablespoons miso
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 1/2 tablespoon of tahini
1/3 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon water
1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
what to do
- Blend all ingredients together. Store in airtight container in fridge for up to two weeks