Tuesday, July 2, 2013

vegan potluck bbq

Ok, so the whole potluck isn't going to be vegan, but my dish is. Bringing a dish to a bbq or dinner is a sure fire way to know there is going to be something healthy and vegan there for me to eat! Otherwise, I could end up eating something very naught (usually containing cheese), and in rare cases, there won't be anything there I want to eat. Everyone knows summer is full of bbqs, yard parties, and any other sort of evening get together, because the weather is nice and the days are longer. Here on Maui though, it's always nice. Bbqs year-round! This tends to mean lots of beer, and lots of not so healthy eating. I am definitely still perfecting my eating habits in situations like these (chips and salsa, cheese and crackers, topped off with beers and burgers), and what I've found most effective is bringing the healthy food myself.

fruit kebobs- easy, delicious, and aids in digestion

I skewered pineapple and papaya, but you could really do anything; strawberries, melon, grapes, you name it!

quinoa salsa salad- lots of fresh ingredients and packed with flavor

  • 1 1/2 cups dry quinoa
  • 3 cups water
rinse quinoa and cook either in a rice cooker (which is what I do) or stovetop, for about twenty minutes or until water is absorbed and the quinoa tails have separated. Set aside to cool.
  • 2 tomatoes 
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • small handful fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 medium avocados (or two small ones)
  • 15oz can black beans
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
Chop up all veggies, including the spinach. Drain and rinse black beans. Mix all ingredients with quinoa and taste, adjust seasoning if necessary.

No excuses not to eat healthy tonight!

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