roasted asparagus & red pepper quinoa salad

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Roasted Asparagus & Red Pepper Quinoa Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

I’m the person who always brings a salad to get-togethers. Whether they’re picnics or backyard grilling parties, you can always count on me to bring a salad. Annoying? Maybe, but amidst the dips and desserts, salads always seem like the perfect addition to any table.

Roasted Asparagus & Red Pepper Quinoa Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

A few weeks ago, I made no less than eight batches of quinoa salads. Ok, kind of an exaggeration, but after the second day of bringing bowls of quinoa salad to work, people started asking what was going on.

I asked for feedback between a black bean & quinoa salad and this one and instead of getting any opinions, all I got was requests for the recipes, $5 from someone who had forgotten their lunch that day and a major boost to my quinoa salad ego. Naturally, I’m thinking about setting up a little quinoa salad shop at work.

All this is to say that I’ll probably share the black bean version sometime in the near future!

Roasted Asparagus & Red Pepper Quinoa Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

But we’re talking about the roasted asparagus & red pepper quinoa salad today. I love this salad! It’s vegan (but you don’t have to tell), it’s gluten-free (but no one has to know) and it’s got 12 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber per serving, thanks to the beans + quinoa! (You can share this fact.)

It’s healthy, but so delicious and flavorful. It’s colorful and light; but the hefty servings are unquestionably satisfying. Serve it on top of some greens if you like or top with some grilled chicken or tempeh for an extra boost of protein.

Roasted Asparagus & Red Pepper Quinoa Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

Lunch. Is. Served.

nutrition facts: 409 calories, 20 grams of fat, 46 grams carbohydrates, 10 grams fiber, 4 grams sugar, 12 grams protein

Roasted Asparagus & Red Pepper Quinoa Salad

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: roast entree salad side gluten-free high fiber high protein vegan vegetarian beans quinoa

Ingredients (6 servings)

  • 1 lb asparagus
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil plus 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 shallot
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 cup chopped roasted red pepper
  • 2-15 oz cans garbanzo beans
  • 1 cup sliced green onion
  • 1 cup chopped parsley

Instructions

Roast asparagus: preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Remove tough bottoms of asparagus and cut into 1 inch pieces. (You should have about 2 cups.)

Drizzle with 1 Tbsp of olive oil and cook for about 10 minutes, until golden brown.

Prepare quinoa: Rinse quinoa in fine mesh strainer.

Add quinoa and 2 cups water to small pan.

Stir, season with salt and bring to a boil.

Lower heat, cover and cook for about 15 minutes.

Prepare vinaigrette: while quinoa is cooking, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, dijon, mustard, shallot and salt & pepper.

Remove quinoa from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.

Fluff with a fork and toss with vinaigrette.

Drain and rinse garbanzo beans.

When quinoa is cool, toss with remaining ingredients. Chill for at least 3 hours or overnight.

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mollettes

Mollettes | A Nutritionist Eats

So apparently I’ve been living under a rock. I’ve never heard of – or seen – mollettes on a menu. Ever!

Which is slightly disturbing considering the number of menus I look at. (I also edit them and tell Richie how I would change/improve them every single time. He loves* it. *loves = is annoyed by)

Mollettes | A Nutritionist Eats

But when we were in Sayulita, Mexico I came across mollettes on a menu at a French-ish cafe – of all places – and while everyone else ordered delicious-sounding egg sandwiches on croissants, I confidently ordered mollettes or as I called them, mo-lets. I blame the butchered pronunciation on the LA Spanglish radio station. Oops.

Both the egg sandwiches and mollettes (said with correct pronunciation) were majorly delicious.

Mollettes | A Nutritionist Eats

Let’s get back to the mollettes. They are pretty basic but not to be underestimated. A baguette or other crusty bread (though I’ll advise against sourdough) is topped with refried beans and cheese, all broiled together until nice and toasty and garnished with a healthy serving of pico de gallo and pickled jalapeño slices if you like some spice. The pico de gallo cannot be skipped, it adds major freshness and flavor.

It’s pretty much my new favorite non-recipe meal and it’s totally budget-friendly which rarely happens in my world, so I go with it when I can. Make it next time you need a meal in minutes!

nutrition facts: 447 calories, 11 grams of fat, 21 grams of protein, 66 g carbohydrates, 9 g fiber

*huge thanks to Karla at Foodologie for filling me in on the correct spelling!

Mollettes

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: bake appetizer bread breakfast sandwich snack high fiber vegetarian beans Mexican

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 12 oz french baguette (not sourdough!)
  • 1 15 oz can of refried beans
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • salsa and jalapeno slices for serving

Instructions

Slice the baguette in half, lengthwise.

Cut in four pieces.

Scoop out some of the bread if desired.

Spread beans on bread and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

Broil until cheese is golden brown, about 5 minutes. (Watch carefully!)

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breakfast tacos with chipotle sour cream

Breakfast Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream | A Nutritionist Eats

This recipe has been a long time in the making but it’s quite fitting that I’m sharing it today. Why? Because I’m on my way to Mexico and plan on eating many versions of mexican breakfasts for the next week or so. I had something similar – goat cheese breakfast tacos – at a restaurant (almost a year ago!) and while I loved the idea of the goat cheese tacos, they didn’t blow me away. I’ve been wanting to recreate them ever since.

Breakfast Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream | A Nutritionist Eats

So I finally got around to making them and it turns out that the chipotle sour cream totally stole the show. Dare I say…it left the goat cheese totally and utterly pointless. (Which in my world is a bit shocking given my intense love for cheese.)

I made the tacos again, this time omitting the goat cheese and they tasted just as good. No point in adding calories you can’t taste, am I right?

Breakfast Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream | A Nutritionist Eats

But back to the star. The chipotle sour cream is just…well, it left me wondering two things: why has this little can of chipotles been in my cupboard for almost two years and what else can I do with it?! (Brainstorms are in the works and chipotle chili is happening.) So all this is to say – you can’t (CAN. NOT.) leave the chipotle sour cream off. It takes a few short minutes and is so worth it.

 Breakfast Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream | A Nutritionist Eats

The rest of the tacos? They are full of good stuff. I’m talking black beans, scrambled eggs, caramelized onions and fresh avocado slices. It’s pretty much the breakfast dreams are made of. And if you like eggs throughout the day, they would make a killer lunch or easy dinner.

nutrition facts (4 servings): 380 calories, 13 grams of fat, 20 grams of protein, 46 g carbohydrates, 10 g fiber

Breakfast Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: breakfast gluten-free high fiber high protein vegetarian eggs Mexican

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

    For the Chipotle Sour Cream

    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1-1 1/2 chipotles + sauce depending on heat preference

    For the Tacos

    • 1/2 onion, caramelized
    • 6 eggs
    • 8 corn tortillas
    • 1-15 oz can of black beans
    • optional: avocado slices, chopped cilantro

    Instructions

    For the Chipotle Sour Cream

    Finely chop the chipotle peppers (you can basically mash them together)

    Mix into sour cream.

    Add some of the sauce as desired.

    For the Tacos

    Whisk eggs together in small bowl and scramble until cooked through.

    Heat tortillas in microwave until hot.

    Assemble tacos: layer beans, eggs, onions and sour cream on tortillas. Top with avocado and cilantro if desired.

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    texas caviar rice & beans

    texas caviar rice & beans | a nutritionist eats

    First things first: Texas Caviar Rice & Beans is genius. I’m a big fan of bean salad (you’re aware of this: black bean & corn relish + more recent obsession with simple bean salads) so this recipe caught my eye almost immediately.

    But let’s back up. I was sent The Slim Down South Cookbook, Eating Well and Living Healthy in the Land of Biscuits and Bacon written by Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD. In addition to the standard, breakfast/lunch/dinner recipes, the book also includes “Stay Slim Secrets” and features “Slim and Savvy Southerners” who share their strategies for enjoying southern food while staying healthy. The images are beautiful (a must for me) and each recipe includes nutrition facts. 

    I oddly enough love Southern food. Odd only because I’ve never lived in the South and because well, we all know that Southern food is known for being anything but healthy. While I definitely don’t eat perfectly (or even close) I still don’t like that it frequently seems obnoxiously-rich, and way over the top. But this book changes that. It lightens up the classic recipes that we all love, like fried chicken and grits, to calorie levels that are more acceptable for every day eating.

     texas caviar rice & beans | a nutritionist eats

    The publisher let me share this recipe with y’all…catch that? It’s a fresh take on rice and beans and it’s flavorful, crunchy and oh-so-satisfying. We loved it!

    Canned beans and pre-made rice make this salad come together quickly. And the combination of rice and beans with fresh celery, tomatoes and cilantro is great. If you like spice, top the salad with lots of hot sauce and pickled jalapenos!

    nutrition facts (about 1 cup rice-bean mixture + 1 oz tortilla chips): 451 calories, 19 grams of fat, 13 grams of protein, 60 grams of carbohydrates, 8 grams of fiber

    Texas Caviar Rice & Beans

    by The Slim Down South Cookbook

    Prep Time: 20 minutes

    Keywords: appetizer entree salad side gluten-free high fiber vegan vegetarian beans

     

    Ingredients (6 servings)

      For the Salad

      • 1 (15.8-oz.) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
      • 1 (15-oz.) can no-salt-added black beans, drained and rinsed
      • ⅓ cup finely chopped roasted red bell peppers
      • ¼ cup seeded and finely chopped poblano pepper
      • Texas Vinaigrette
      • 2 (8.8-oz.) pouches fully cooked basmati rice
      • ⅔ cup thinly sliced celery
      • ¾ cup (3 oz.) shredded pepper Jack cheese
      • 1¼ cups chopped tomatoes
      • ¾ cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
      • ⅓ cup thinly sliced green onions
      • 6 oz. tortilla chips
      • Garnish: sliced pickled jalapeño peppers

      For the Vinaigrette

      • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
      • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
      • 1½ Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
      • 1½ Tbsp. hot sauce
      • 1 minced garlic clove
      • ¼ tsp. chili powder
      • ¼ tsp. ground cumin

      Instructions

      For the Salad

      Stir together first 5 ingredients in a medium-size microwave-safe glass bowl; let stand 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Microwave at HIGH 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring at 30-second intervals.

      Heat rice according to package directions; fluff with a fork. Layer rice, bean mixture, celery, cheese, tomato, cilantro, and green onions in 2-qt. trifle bowl or straight-sided bowl. Serve with tortilla chips.

      Note: The original recipe tested with Tasty Bite Basmati Rice. I used brown basmati rice.

      For the Vinaigrette

      Whisk all ingredients together. *You’ll need only half of this dressing for the Texas Caviar Rice and Beans. Store the remainder in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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