Foodie Friday : Quinoa Sweet Potato Salad

Happy Friday! Finally the weekend has arrived! Today I will be sharing my current FAVOURITE salad recipe with you. I’ve been making this recipe for a past few months. It was a actually inspired by a yam and quinoa salad I had at the cutest cafe in Fort Langley called Wendel’s Bookstore and Cafe. I loved it so much that I made my own version!

 

QUINOA SWEET POTATO SALAD

 

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Ingredients: 

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes cubed (or if you prefer yams work well too)
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1 cup of arugula 
  • 1/2 cup of uncooked quinoa 
  • 1/4 of a cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp of oregano 
  • 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes

For the dressing:

  • 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar 
  • 1 tbsp of red wine vinegar 
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil 
  • 1 tbsp of organic agave nectar 

Instructions:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees
  • Rinse and peel the sweet potatoes into 1/4 inch cubes. Place on baking sheet and add the olive oil, garlic powder, oregano and red pepper flakes and toss until they are all coated. Place in oven for about 30min flipping them once.
  • While the sweet potatoes are cooking, cook the quinoa at the same time. 
  • Once the quinoa is cooked combine it in a large bowl with the spinach, arugula, cucumber, avocado and the dressing. Then add in the sweet potatoes and Enjoy!

 

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This recipe is meant for about 3 people. I usually just make it for myself so I will mix it all up without the dressing and keep it in the fridge. Then when I want some for my lunch I’ll just take it out and take as much as I need and then add the dressing on. So it lasts a few days which is nice!!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

 

-Nicole xo

 

 

 

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Summer Time is Finally Here..

Hey Everyone!!

Summer is in full swing, especially here in Vancouver with this absolutely amazing weather we have been having! I hope you are all on your way to having that sun kissed glow. I got a head start by going to Vegas in May! I love summer, from the sundresses to the late night beers at the beach. Here are a few things I look forward to in the summer!

 

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I love fruit, so one of my favourite things about summer is the fruit that is in season. Watermelon is my favourite summer fruit. It’s full of Vitamin A and has a high water content so it keeps you hydrated in the summer heat. I can’t wait to head up to the Oakanagan to pick up lots of local fruit!

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Summer and this hot weather is a very good excuse to walk to the beach and get some ice cream. I mean how else are you suppose to keep cool?! My favourite flavour is bubble gum… I know I know, I’m still a child at heart.

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I don’t know why but I enjoy painting my own nails rather than going out and getting a stranger to paint them. Best thing about summer is all the vibrant summer colours that come out. And these Essie colour are right up my alley.

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Spending days at the beach mean you come home with that beachy salt water wavy hair. My favourite hair style to rock all summer long. Since I can’t be at the beach all day long I curl my hair into a similar texture and it lasts a few days until my next hair wash. I don’t even remember the last time my hair was straight!

 

Before you know it summer is going to be over!! (this happens every year!) I hope you are all enjoying your time in the sun so far! 🙂

-Nicole