Apr 24, 2012

Brown Bagging It- Lunch!

I am loving this simple quinoa salad for lunch lately. It's super simple, and delicious hot or cold.  A healthy and satisfying lunch, which might help me lose some of this five pounds of remaining baby weight. 

Makes 4 large servings
1 cup quinoa
2 cups chicken broth
3 bell peppers (I used one red, one red and one yellow) chopped
1-2 boxes grape tomatoes
1 cup green olives, chopped (optional)
2 cups chopped pecans
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons cumin
1 cup feta
salt and pepper to taste

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  • Toast the pecans on a baking sheet for about five minutes.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Toss the bell peppers and grape tomatoes with olive oil and kosher salt and put on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Roast the veggies for about 25 minutes or until the tomatoes are bursting.
  • Meanwhile, cook the quinoa in 2 cups of chicken broth (or vegetable broth), and the cumin, according to the quinoa package instructions (i.e. I just followed the bag, and can't remember exactly how long I cooked it for).
  • Mix the cooked quinoa, toasted pecans, olives, and feta in a large bowl.  Add the roasted vegetables.  Stir, and season to taste!  Equally delicious warm or cold.
I love how the feta gets creamy when it melts a little into the quinoa when you mix in the warm veggies.  The pecans, quinoa and cheese provide enough protein to keep me full through the afternoon, but I think the addition of some tonno canned tuna would be excellent to beef it up a little.  This is a great base recipe to add in any vegetables you have lingering in your crisper.  Just roast away!


  1. Looks good. You owe me an email woman. I think SS is teething. I am not ready for this.

  2. 5 pounds??? that is it...so happy for you!! and i am obsessed with quinoa as of late, too

  3. I brown bag it every day! I'll have to try your salad, I do a Greek quinoa salad that I really love. Yours seems like a little variation of that. Goodness girl, how'd you lose that baby weight so fast?! My "babies" are 17 and 20 and I've never been the same. Good for you!

  4. I need to try quinoa! It looks so good!

  5. I have some extra quinoa from another salad I made this week, so I will definitely have to make this! Thanks for sharing!


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