Stilettos and Diapers: Clean Eating Lunches: Mexican Quinoa Salad

1.30.2013

Clean Eating Lunches: Mexican Quinoa Salad

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I can't tell you how good I feel doing this clean eating stuff. I've lost weight, my stomach has lost the bloat I normally rock, and I just feel healthy. Now, I'm no expert on the whole clean thing, but my interpretation of it is working just fine for us. 

What is okay to eat?

Vegetables 
Fruits
Whole Grains (Brown rice, quinoa, barley, whole wheat)
Meats (Organic as much as possible)
Beans/Legumes

What is bad to eat? 

Sugar
Processed Foods
Dairy is on some people's bad list. Not mine. I eat less cheese than I used to, but lots of plain greek yogurt. 
Alcohol. You think I cut this out completely? Funny. I have cut back though. 

Basically the idea is to stop eating crap. Look at the ingredients list. If it has more than 4-5 ingredients, chances are it's processed crap. I'm amazed at how empty my pantry has become and how full my fridge has gotten in doing this. I've amped up the fiber and protein with beans, flax seeds and wheat germ. You have to stay full to prevent eating junk and you need to eat every 3 hours or so. 

This takes planning ahead. Make extra of your dinner and eat it for lunch the next day. Chop and clean veggies so they are ready for a quick snack. You can even grill up a bunch of chicken on the weekend and put it over your salad during the week. 

I'm sharing with you the recipes for one of my favorite go-to lunches, Mexican Quinoa Salad. It's easy, it stores in the fridge and last several days. 

Ingredients:
2 cups cooked quinoa (make extra at dinner!)
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 can black beans, drained (or better, use dry beans that you cook)
1/2 cup of sharp cheddar, cut into small cubes (you can leave this out)
3/4 cup salsa (I use my homemade clean salsa, recipe here)
2 Tbsp lime juice

Mix all together, refrigerate and serve cold. It gets better as it sits and soaks up the flavor! 

I'm in the process of perfecting some recipes that I've come up with and I'll be sharing those with you as my family gives me 2 thumbs up! 


15 comments:

  1. There is going to be a serious cleanse going on once this baby is here. I can't wait to try your recipes, but the cutting out alcohol thing? Not gonna happen. I'm so excited to have a glass (bottle) of wine, I can barely stand it :) Thanks for sharing!!!

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  2. So interesting b/c I went from weight watchers to clean eating and gained weight. Still trying to figure out a balance.

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  3. Looks delicious! I want to start this but I'm so afraid of all the gas grunting I'm going to get from Owen! So you think it will bug him?

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  4. I've heard so much about clean eating lately. Sounds amazing. You go girl!

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  5. Yeah, there's no way I could only eat "clean". I wouldn't last a day.. LOL.

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  6. Looks tasty but I need the crap foods too in order to be a pleasant human being.

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  7. This looks so yummy! I am always on the hunt for new clean eating recipes!! I have been a work in progress since I started with eating cleaner/healthier foods. I feel so much better energy and health wise! I am doing Beachbody's 21 day Ultimate Reset once I am done with my 60 days of Les Mills Combat! The recipes look amazing!

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  8. Congrats on eating so clean & healthy!

    Cue refrain in my head: One day, one day!

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  9. omgosh, this looks SO good! there's no way I can cut out dairy- that would be like cutting off my right arm! but this is what i've been *trying* to do these last few weeks.. no refined sugars, no processed foods.. it's hard! but it's so worth it! thanks for the extra ideas.. can't wait to make this!

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  10. Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole's Chatter is collecting links to posts about Mexican dishes and flavours. I do hope you link this one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links – there are a lot of good ones already. Have a great week.

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  11. just made this and oh my yum!!!!! (only difference was I had Red Quinoa...from TJ's and red and yellow peppers)thanks for the yummy recipe!

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