I always make the most amazing lunches which never make it to my blog. It’s funny, when you enter the food blogging world, most of your “actual” meals start separating from your “food blog meals”. Well, I decided I am going to change that and start posting recipes I whip up on a fly! After all, isn’t food blogging supposed to kind of be your food diary?
There was an illustration circulating on Facebook recently (and of course I cannot find it for the life of me!) The wife was photographing this beautiful looking cooked turkey and at the same time handing her husband a can of food with the saying “that is your dinner (food can), this (turkey) is for my blog.” It was so hilarious because it’s so true, lol! All you food bloggers know what I’m talkin’ about! 😉
Winter is just around the corner here in Edmonton, AB or was, because oddly enough it was 26 degrees Celsius today, which is crazy because this time last year it was snowing. I wish summer would just stay forever! I start craving warm meals and more grains in the winter so I thought I’d make some quinoa. I love shredded beet in anything; I try to add it where I can because it so so darn healthy for you and a great liver cleanser.
6 Reasons to Add Beets to Your Diet:
- Lower your blood pressure – Drinking beet juice may help to lower blood pressure in a matter of hours.
- Boost your stamina – If you need a boost to make it through your next workout, beet juice may again prove valuable. Those who drank beet juice prior to exercise were able to exercise for up to 16 percent longer.
- Fight Inflammation – Beets are a unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress.
- Anti-cancer properties – The powerful phytonutrients that give beets their deep crimson color may help to ward off cancer.
- Rich in valuable nutrients and fiber – Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas).
- Detoxification Support – The betalin pigments in beets support your body’s Phase 2 detoxification process, which is when broken down toxins are bound to other molecules so they can be excreted from your body.
The tahini dressing in this recipe is one of my go to dressings for everything! Keep the extra in the fridge and use as a salad dressing throughout the week.
Rinse and drain 1/2 cup quinoa really well.
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil, add quinoa and let simmer covered for 20 minutes.
Shred 1 beet with a grater.
Chop up lettuce.
Add lettuce to a bowl followed by cooked quinoa, shredded beet and avocado.
Set aside while making the dressing.
Soak and remove pits from dates.
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
Place two tablespoons of dressing on top of quinoa bowl, garnish with black sesame seeds and parsley and enjoy!
The dressing will keep in a sealed glass container or mason jar for 3 - 5 days. Enjoy the extra dressing on a salad!