portion

Moroccan Chickpea, Carrot, and Spiced Quinoa Salad

Tired of packing a boring sandwich for lunch?

Want to boost your antioxidant level by increasing your vegetable intake?

Want to wake up your taste buds with fresh, exotic flavors?

This quick and easy salad is perfect for you!

Don’t settle for a sandwich, when you can re-energize your body mid-day with this nutrient dense, flavorful dish!

You are worth it!

Moroccan Chickpea, Carrot, and Spiced Quinoa Salad

Yields: 4-5 Servings

Recipe Inspired ByHappy Hearted Kitchen

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset
Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Spiced Quinoa

  • 1 cup Tri-Colored Quinoa
  • 1 ½ cup Salted water
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander
  •  1 ½ teaspoon Ground Fennel Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon

Roasted Chickpeas:

  • 2 cans Organic Chickpeas, drained and rinsed; Pat dry
  • 1/2 Tbsp Coriander
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper

Salad

  • 8 Medium Carrots
  • 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Juice of one Lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Local Honey
  • ¼ cup Raisins or Currants
  • 1/2 cup Raw Almonds, Sliced or Chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Toss chickpeas with spices. Place on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes, or until chickpeas are slightly brown and crunchy. Toss the chickpeas halfway through cooking time to evenly cook.
  2. Rinse the quinoa under cold water. Add rinsed quinoa and water to a pot and season with salt. Add in spices. Cover and simmer for 12 minutes, then remove from heat and let sit with the lid on for another 5 minutes.
  3. While the quinoa is cooking, slice carrots into ribbons.  Drizzle with olive oil, honey and lemon juice and set aside.
  4. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and add to the carrots. Mix well.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.  Serve immediately or refrigerate.

If you are taking this salad for lunch, go ahead and portion into individual servings so the dish is ready to go when you are!

10 Ways to Portion-Proof Your Environment

hippocrates-01.png

blog_header_purple-01.jpg

    1. Plate Portions in Kitchen - You will be less likely to serve yourself additional portions if the food is in another room rather than at the table right in front of you.
    2. Portion From The Package - Don’t eat directly out of a package or container. Always portion it out first.
    3. Downsize The Dishes: Use smaller plates and bowls for your meals/snacks to help control your portion size.
    4. Dining Out for Two: Split an entrée with your dining partner or consider ordering an appetizer for your entrée.
    5. Downsize with a “Doggie Bag” - Portions at restaurants are often very large. Ask the waiter to put half of what you ordered into a ‘doggie bag’ before the food is brought to the table. You’ll be less tempted and you’ll get two meals for the price of one!
    6. Schedule Time for You - Schedule meals and snacks into your calendar so you don’t get so busy that you go hours without eating, which may put you at risk for overeating when you finally find time to eat.
    7. Avoid Desktop Dining - Store midday snacks in your workplace kitchen rather than directly in your office. This will reduce the likelihood of "desktop dining" when you aren’t really hungry.
    8. Snacks Stop Slumps - Always bring an afternoon snack with you to work to help refuel when that 4:00 p.m. slump hits. That way, you won’t be tempted by unhealthy options.
    9. Do Not Shop On An Empty Stomach- Food shopping while hungry is risky because we can make illogical, short-term choices trying to satisfy our urges. Shopping while full lets you use your head to make the right decisions.
    10. Individually Wrapped Foods- Single serving packs, rather than a big box, can give you a better “eye” for your portion size. If products do not come individually packaged, then make your own using plastic baggies. Mentally, it is harder to open up and finish several mini bags than to casually grab handful after handful from a big bag.

salat herz