Quinoa and Roasted Veg Salad

Hey guys,

Sorry regular blogging is yet to return; promise it won’t be much longer before I blog more than once a week!

Does anyone else get easily stressed when they’re tired and feel as if life is running away with them?  I have been such a stress-head this last week.  I could postulate that it’s because we’re looking to move in a month’s time and will be getting a dog, I’ve still got lots of uni work to do, and holidays feel like a million miles away.  Do you think they’re good reasons for stress?  My diet doesn’t help either.  In times such as these, my caffeine and white sugar intake increases alot which puts my body into a cycle of highs and lows.

Ok, enough of my whinging; just thought I’d share where I’m at this week.

Fast forward to three days later: and I’m feeling much better.  It’s funny how we can so quickly lose perspective and get a bit lost in life sometimes.

It’s a bank holiday this weekend (woo woo!).  We’ve had friends visiting, which has been awesome.  And I attended a great yoga session on saturday, followed by an even better church service on Sunday.  As a result, my grump and stress has lifted and my sunny disposition has returned.  Plus, I have a great and simple recipe to share that’s perfect for neutralizing an over-acidic internal environment and restoring alkalinity to the body.

Fool-proof, and Flexible Quinoa and Roasted Veg Salad (serves 2-3)

Part 1:

1 cup red quinoa – soaked for 15 mins then rinsed
2 cups water or veg stock

Simmer the quinoa over a medium heat for 25 mins or until water/stock absorbed.

Part 2:

1 red pepper (cut into chunks)
1 small courgette or half large courgette (sliced then quartered)
1 small red onion (roughly sliced)
1 clove of garlic, left whole
2 tbsp olive oil
dried thyme, sprinkling of

Combine all the ingredients and roast at 180c for 1hr – 1 1/2 hrs

Part 3:

Broccoli florets, steamed

Part 4, assembly time!

Combine the roasted veg, quinoa and broccoli in a large bowl.  Mix well and dress with freshly squeezed lemon juice, salt and pepper, fresh basil cut into chiffonades.  Devour whole-heartedly.  xxx


13 thoughts on “Quinoa and Roasted Veg Salad

  1. I’m glad you’re feeling better. And in a whole more positive perspective. but you know, I def understand why you would feel this way. Uncosciously a lot of little factors all play together to disturb your heart and mind.

    i love roasted veggies. I’ve never tried red quinoa before, but I love these kind of funky grains, so I’m sure I’ll like them too!


  2. That salad looks great! You described how I feel exactly when I’m stressed. Like life is running away from me! And of course, I do the same thing and end up eating more sugar and carbs which only makes me feel worse! But I’m glad you’re feeling better now!


  3. Wow, that salad looks absolutely wonderful!

    I am glad yo are feeling better! I know the feeling when all the stress seems to be overwhelming.


  4. “Does anyone else get easily stressed when they’re tired and feel as if life is running away with them?”—YES!!!!

    Take your time with posting, blogging, etc. SEriously Sarah don’t worry about the blog, worry about life and just dealing with it 🙂 Trust me, i have no idea how/why I am blogging some days given my own stuff right now but yeah, I understand.

    I hope you get a new placement….soon!

    The food, wow, so beautiful, colorful, and i love how bright and pretty it all is!



  5. Just found your blog and it looks amazing! I love the layout especially. 🙂 The quinoa and roasted veg salad looks great as well!


  6. Hugs – hope things get less stressful for you soon. That quinoa recipe looks wonderful – I am bookmarking it to try asap.


  7. I know exactly what you mean about the feeling that life is running away you.
    I hope that life gets a little less stressful for you soon. All of these little things have added up, but it will pass (:
    The salad looks fantastic – LOVE roasted vegetables!! xxxx


  8. It’s hard to serve raw veggies to a baby, so I’ve been cooking more around here. Hayden likes it when I roast carrots, broccoli, celery, sweet potatoes, zucchini and yellow squash. Depending on the texture, I either mash it with a fork or puree it for her. She loves to eat the same thing I’m having. She is also starting to feed herself. She does a pretty good job with the pieces of sweet potato.


  9. oh girl…i have been feeling the same way…life is definitely running away with me right now…and i’m off and on in the stress category, it’s been the last few months. i also think it’s because john and i are looking to move soon…and i just feel like i keep running a marathon everyday, back and forth…i need to breathe…haha! i am pretty excited that you’re getting a pup…that’s pretty amazing news. i love my jackson and bringing him home is one of my most memorable days…i couldn’t imagine life without him…

    holidays make days brighter for sure. and so do beautiful dishes such as the one pictured above. i heart quinoa…my favourite seed (it’s actually a seed and not a grain, pretty neat huh?). i found that out the other day. i was like whoa nelly! little things tend to amaze me.



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