Category Archives: Salad

Quinoa Salad

Yummy, quick and easy.
Quinoa is versitile and gluten free.
It can be made into your morning porridge with milk or into a hot dinner.
I created a salad using cooked Quinoa, cooled with an array of vegetables.
To a cup of cooked quinoa add diced carrot, sliced celery, pepitas, Spanish onion, beetroot and corn.
Add any dressings of your choice or a little olive oil and salt and pepper.
Easily a meal or side salad.
Quinoa cooks fast and once boiled with water little tails will develop on the grain and hey presto it’s done. It’s available in white and red varieties and can be purchased at your local supermarket.

Kilojoules & Calories

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Coffee Club

Enjoyed a late night snack & soy chai latte with a friend a couple of nights ago in Wantirna South. The Coffee Club have a decent menu (pricey), and list the kilojoules (kjs) on their menu. It’s a great help if you’re counting or restricting intake. 
Kilojoules (metric equivalent to calories) & calories are a measurement of energy, if you’re looking to lose weight, counting them can be a huge help. Burn more calories than what you’re intaking. Simple, right? Not always.
Some meals can be in excess of 500 calories, if you’re looking to slim down it’s recommended that you stick between 1,200 & 1,500 calories per day, depending on your needs. Figuring out the caloric value of your foods prior to eating can allow you to make better food choices, and help to stay within your limits.
I decided upon a Walnut, Beetroot & Feta Salad with snow peas & spinach. Delicious, light & a perfect low calorie choice. It was better than nachos, fries or a burger. Assessing what’s actually in the meal, what benefit you’re getting from the food & how you’re going to feel after, tends to make choices that bit easier.
To convert kilojoules into calories (it’s much easier to work with smaller numbers) divide the kilojoules by 4.2. 
This will give you the calorie value of a kilojoule listing.
The above salad set me back 262 calories or 1,100 kilojoules. 
It’s always a good idea to view the menu of the place you’re planning on eating at before visiting. This way you can get an idea of the variety of their foods and find out if they cater for any dietary needs. 
Using apps such as My Fitness Pal can also come in handy when menus don’t contain calorie counts & can be used to gauge your consumption, and keep your fats, carbs and proteins in check.
The app also keeps record of your exercise too, this way you can actually see in real time how you’re tracking for the day & keep tabs on your weightloss.
My Fitness Pal is free on your App Store.

All Wrapped Up!

And by that I don’t mean Christmas!

Wraps are a great alternative to bread and are quick and easy to create.
I’d cooked some salmon for dinner so I added a few pieces to some salad greens and wrapped it all up in a light rye wrap.
Be aware of the calorie content of wraps though, they can be quite high in salt too.
Flat breads can be kept fresh in their pack for a few days but freezing them works too & are perfect once defrosted.
There are many varieties available & include gluten free options too.
Slicing them up and baking them in the oven make a more nutritional ‘chip’ too.
Making them another option for dips or nachos! 

Days of Salads

Alright, so I didn’t exactly succeed at 24 days of salads, I don’t think I even made it to 10! And I’m going to blame the busy time of year that is, December.

I had a couple of family events come up which interrupted my salad plans so I’m just going to continue from now until Christmas Eve.
Tonight I threw together a few bits and pieces, I had some left over spinach and cherry tomatoes so I again created a tasting platter of veggies and some salsa and mayonnaise. 
I’m addicted to dipping pretzels in salsa or mayonnaise, and I think it adds a different element to a typical salad. 
Even the Little Man decided that the meatballs I’d cooked for him weren’t the go tonight and decided upon, cold ham, grated cheese and spinach. Not as exotic as my plate but watching him top his spinach leaves with ham and cheese and balancing the three into his mouth was pretty impressive.

24 Days of Salad: Tasting Plate

This has to be my favourite type of salad.

A bit of everything without the pile of greens! 
Usually a plate of lettuce with a few chopped up vegetables isn’t exactly enticing but a small variety of vegies and sauces displayed right, look much more appealing.
Try mushrooms, mini capsicums, pretzels (yes pretzels), nuts, mayonnaise and cheeses can make all the difference. It almost turns into a platter, hence tasting plate.

I used egg free mayonnaise, salsa and some left over salad dressing (see my radish and apple post) from a previous day as my sauces. I find it fun to dip the vegetables rather than have a ‘dressing’.
I had a few bits and pieces left in the fridge- half an avocado, some olives and mushrooms so I added some sliced capsicum, feta, artichoke hearts & mung bean sprouts.
It’s a light dish, and was my dinner after finishing work at 9pm.
The calories are fairly low too, but types of mayonnaise and depending on dressings or dips used can make all the difference.
I prefer to eat vegan or vegetarian when I can and I find the alternatives, like vegan mayonnaise and cheeses feel better during digestion and give my stomach a lighter feeling. I find there’s less bloat too.
There are so many ‘better’ options these days and so many things can be made from scratch too.

24 Days of Salads: Egg & Avocado

This. Was. The. Bomb.

I love avocado. As written in previous posts, it’s health benefits are amazing. Almost like its the most perfect food.
I’m yet to try it with maple syrup as recommended by a friend. 
Avo’s are versitile too- add to smoothies, cakes, sweet or savoury dishes & even to your skin & hair. They’re good for helping to lower cholesterol & high in the ‘good fats’ and omega 3 & potassium.
Tonight I made my version of curried egg- well with just the egg part- 
Egg & Avocado Salad

Start with a dollop of low fat mayonnaise, teaspoon of garlic & some pepper.


To this add a squirt of lemon juice & mix together.
Add two nearly hard boiled eggs & half an avocado.

Combine until all the egg is broken up & then top on a bed of your favourite salad greens. I went with a spinach & lettuce mix. I had some left over mung bean sprouts that I threw on top.
This was a creamy, semi warm (from the egg) salad & I devoured it pretty quick!

24 Days of Salad: Cranberry & Feta

So this salad was meant to be made with spinach but I only realised this as I tossed the last of the spinach to the guinea pigs. 

I scrounged up some coleslaw and added a handful of low fat feta diced, a handful of dried cranberries & two sliced spring onions. I drizzled some balsamic vinegar over the top too.
It combines sweet and salty flavours and perfect as a light meal. Next time I would as some raw almonds too.