Monday, May 4, 2015

The Art of Healthy Eating

They say you eat with your eyes first so when I put together a lunch salad last week, snapped a picture and posted it on Instagram, everyone commented on how pretty it was. Could that be the art of healthy eating? Maybe….but for me it’s more than food styling. It’s becoming a necessary way of life. 

Quinoa Pilaf and Avocado on Fresh Greens, Gluten Free Eating


I mentioned early this year that the words “The Art of Change” was probably a phrase that would be carried out through my year. It started unexpectedly with pulling my inventory from a local gift shop in February and other things have been subtly changing for me since.

One of the biggest changes for me has been the choice to make some serious changes in my diet. I was finding that small changes were not giving me any benefit so about a week ago I dove in with both feet and carved away sugar, gluten and dairy! 

Eating healthy for me has to be more than a 3 week diet. It needs to become a part of my life from this day forward. So making my food look pretty so I can feast my eyes on the colors and textures before it gets eaten is part of the plan. I've even started to use some of the dishes I reserve for special occasion meals!!

So back to my pretty lunch salad on Instagram. I promised my followers that I’d post my Quinoa Pilaf recipe here.

FRESH GREENS with QUINOA PILAF

Red, Yellow or Orange Bell Pepper
Two Small or One Large Zucchini
½ Yellow or Sweet Onion
Crimini Mushrooms
1 cup Quinoa
2 cups of Chicken or Vegetable Broth
Mixed Organic Greens
Sliced Avocado

Chop veggies into 1” pieces and slice mushrooms. Saute’ in olive oil. Add quinoa and broth to pan. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer until all liquid is absorbed. About 15-20 minutes.

I served it warm as a side dish with our dinner and served it cold from the refrigerator atop a bowl of fresh organic mixed greens and sliced avocado for my lunch the next day. I eat my salads without dressing. If you prefer to use dressing on your salad I would suggest a light vinaigrette with a mild flavor. 

Be sure to serve it in one of your favorite salad bowls and enjoy every artful bite!!

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