I’ve seen people all over Facebook and social media talk about getting back on track after the holidays. It sounds like everyone is feeling a little bit yucky right about now. Ever since those holiday cookies and heavy meals, I have also been craving salads and fresh produce and it sounds like I’m not the only one.
I’m not making any lofty New Years resolutions this year (hence, why you won’t see any “2017 Goals” post from me this time) since I am still pregnant. I don’t really know what life will bring me in 2017 as I learn to handle life with another baby. Plus, any changes to my diet will hopefully be lifestyle changes (ie. my “eat real food” motto) rather than just a short term, 2017 resolution.
But whether you’re on a new health kick as a resolution, trying to get back on track after the holiday madness, or just want a good salad, you should try this! When I think of a fresh winter salad, beets and oranges are two things that come to mind first. Don’t you love using seasonal produce while its at its peak?
Topped with some protein-packed quinoa and a vinaigrette that you probably have most of the ingredients for already on hand, this is a perfect, easy, meal packed with real, whole ingredients you can feel good about.
1/2 cup olive oil (use more if you prefer, we like less oil in our vinaigrette)
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tbs honey
1 tbs dijon mustard
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
juice of 1/2 an orange
1 cup of uncooked quinoa
5 oz. spring mix
2 bunches of beets (approximately 6 beets)
2 oranges, peeled
1/2 cup walnuts
- Peel, chop and rinse beets. Roast at 400 degrees F for about 35 to 40 minutes tossing halfway through. Allow to cool.
- Cook quinoa according to package directions. Allow to cool. Cooking beets and quinoa ahead of time works well.
- Combine dijon mustard, honey, vinegars, olive oil, salt, pepper, and orange juice. You can replace the grapefruit white vinegar with regular balsamic vinegar if you can’t get your hands on the latter.
- Combine all remaining salad ingredients and toss with vinaigrette.
What are your “back on track” meals? What have you been craving since the New Year?