A decade of gut and thyroid issues taught me how to slow down, focus on my body and eat more whole foods including gluten-free whole grains, fiber, healthy fats and complete proteins. My healing journey wasn’t a straight path; it’ was a winding, twisting road but I studied every healing modality that crossed my path and learned how to nourish my body instead of just feeding hunger pains. This is an example of a recipe that I love to serve on the weekends for bunch or on the weekdays for a fun dinner or late lunch. Feel free to swap your favorite fresh herbs and nuts/seeds, if desired. The honey and fresh lemon juice both a lovely sweet touch while the crushed red pepper flakes offer a touch of heat. Leftovers can be tossed into tacos and burritos, too!
Cleansing Honey Lemon Quinoa Bowl
- ½ cup quinoa
- 2 medium summer squash or zucchini, thinly sliced or diced
- 1 cup organic mixed salad greens (such as Earthbound Farm)
- 1/3 cup peeled and thinly sliced apple
- 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley or cilantro
- 2 Tbsp. sunflower seeds (or slivered almonds)
- Juice of 2 medium lemons
- ½ tsp. honey
- 2-3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- Sea salt and pepper, to taste
- Pinch crushed red pepper flakes, optional
Cook quinoa according to package directions. Remove from heat; fluff with a fork, cover and set aside.
Meanwhile, steam squash in a steamer basket over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes or until tender. Add to quinoa mixture and toss to combine. Add salad greens, apple, parsley and sunflower seeds; toss again.
In a small bowl, whisk lemon juice, honey, olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Drizzle over quinoa mixture and toss to combine. Season to taste and serve.
Read about Amie’s health journey here.
AMIE VALPONE, HHC, AADP is the Editor-in-Chief of www.TheHealthyApple.com; she is a Manhattan based Celebrity Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Writer and Motivational Speaker specializing in simple gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free ‘Clean’ recipes. Visit Amie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Pinterest @TheHealthyApple.