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Dishes from my other blog - Quinoa and Beluga Lentil Salad (Day 251)


Its been quite a while since I even opened up the blog, While I returned from my summer vacation 2 weeks back, turns out my mojo & motivation was happily following Newtons 1st law! Well, better late than never I say!

Trying to minimize white rice from the daily diet is harder than one thinks. For one, the pearly whites are so accessible and the devious temptation in the form of shorter cooking times is often hard to resist. But its well worth the effort to make a hearty protein rich dish like this quinoa and Beluga lentil salad. Yes it does take some time (~15 minutes) to cook the lentils and quinoa separately, but those minutes are well spent prepping the vegetables that are tossed in almost equal volume.

You need:
2 cup cooked Quinoa (I used a blend of tri colored quinoa)
2 cup cooked whole Beluga lentils (or whole plain Masoor dal)
1 diced Zucchini (I ran it through a spiralizer and made them into a spagetti
1/2 cup finely diced red onion
1 large tomato finely chopped
1 small bell pepper diced.
1 small cucumber diced (after removing the central seedy core)

Toss all the ingredients together and fold to combine.

For the Dressing:

Juice of 1 orange + 1 teaspoon of the orange zest.
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup EVOO
a sprinkle of Dried Herbs (I used Oregano)
Salt and pepper to taste
Mint leaves, either cut into a chiffonade or torn

Combine all the ingredients for the dressing in a bottle and shake until it forms a cloudy emulsion. Pour over the salad and  fold to incorporate. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Garnish with mint & serve chilled or at room temperature


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  1. This looks delish! Do you have information on the calorie content and other nutritional contents of this salad?You see, since I finished the 3 Day Military diet, I got used to counting calories and practiced portion control. I think these factors and the right food selection provided in the set meals of the diet made me lose 6 pounds in 3 days. I will be making this low carb salad in the coming days and will be looking for your other recipes in the site.For more information regarding the military diet and if you want to make a review here's an excellent link http://3daysmilitarydiet.com/faq/military-diet-sweetener.html

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