Quinoa Cilantro Salad

Mmmm…quinoa. Mmmm cilantro. Quinoa+cilantro=Happiness for my taste buds( and yours too!)

Whenever I happen to be near my neighbourhood New Seasons or Whole Foods, I always try to get a small container of their quinoa salads because they are so deeeelicious! I have tried and failed many a times to replicate these salads -until this weekend(yaay!)

I wasn’t really having any luck finding any good recipes that combined quinoa and cilantro well, so I started experimenting until I found a combination that turned out perfect. I bought this salad to the family Easter dinner last night and it was definitely a hit – so I figured I would continue to spread the love here on the blog :).

I came across Tabbouleh salads recipes and I love love love the combination of ingredients. Fresh, tasty and nutritious veggies and all-natural ingredients. Doesn’t bet any better than this people.

If you’re wondering, Tabbouleh is traditionally a Mediterranean salad made with bulgar, parsley and a combination of various veggies. I swapped out bulgar and parsley for quinoa and cilantro to make some kitchen magic happen. The dressing is a fantastic mixture of lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and low-sodium soy sauce. 

Hey Guess What? This recipe is paleo,vegan,vegetarian and clean eating-friendly! How often does THAT happen?

Ok here we go:

Quinia Cilantro Salad, Quinoa Cilantro Tabbouleh Salad - IslandGirlonaFarm.com

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Tips & Notes:

  • Salad is served best cold or at room temperature
  • Prep this salad in the morning and then have it for lunch or as a side for dinner in the evening
  • You should absolutely try that divine salad dressing on your other salads!
  • The low-sodium soy sauce is the only thing that would contain gluten in this recipe. If want to make it gluten free, substitute the soy sauce for Tamari (link to Amazon). Also check your local health food store.

So what do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below,and please tell me if you tried it or have your own variation of this recipe.

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Clean Eating Macaroni & Cheese

Clean Eating Macaroni and Cheese ? Say what ???

Chef Fabio Viviani said it right when he called Mac N Cheese America’s “comfort food.” We all know that this delicious dish, which is a staple in many households is probably not the healthiest of options, but boy it sure tastes good! Now that I follow a clean eating lifestyle, many of the the traditional Mac N Cheese recipes, including my own, were off the table ( awww man!)

What’s a girl to do with all that white pasta and the rather excessive amounts of dairy?

ENTER:

Clean Eating Mac N Cheese. A recipe by Island Girl on a Farm

Yep. I was absolutely determined to find a way to “clean up” this household staple because it is one of my favorite recipes to make. Whenever we host parties or holiday dinners at our house, you can bet you will find this dish among the options. I’ve made it so many times that I practically have it memorized.

After some tweaking here and there, I was able to whip up this “cleaner eating” version of macaroni and cheese recipe. I say “cleaner” because there is still some dairy in this recipe, primarily in the cheddar cheese. Should you be having this for dinner every night ? Probably not. You know the rule, everything in moderation here.

Here’s what I love about this recipe:

  • It tastes awesome 
  • It’s a healthier, lower-dairy alternative – no butter, eggs or multiple cheeses
  • It beats the processed stuff that comes in a box any day. Honestly, I was never a fan to begin with. I will take homemade macaroni and cheese over Mac’ N Cheese in a box any day, any where, anytime.
  • You can make this gluten free( see below recipe for details)

Allright, Chrissy I get it…gimme the recipe – sorry just trying to build the momentum..here you go 🙂

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To make this gluten free:

 

Obviously you can tell we really enjoy this dish…

Clean Eating Mac N Cheese by Island Girl on a Farm

So what do you think ? What other ways can you make clean eating Mac N Cheese ? Leave a comment below!

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