As if eating healthy wasn't difficult enough to begin with, factor in the fast-paced madness of our culture and health starts becoming more of a burden than anything. Who has the time to prepare meals, read labels, keep track of nutrients, etc.? It can be a daunting task, especially if most of your meals are eaten on-the-go. Luckily, there are alternatives. I'm constantly experimenting with fast and easy recipes to accommodate both my vegan lifestyle and my busy schedule. This particular recipe is one that I enjoy a couple times a week. It takes only a few minutes to make, and you can even take it with you. All that you need is a handful of green beans, a quarter of a large tomato, balsamic vinegar, and some Quinoa. Quinoa is a "grain" (it's actually a relative of greens like Spinach or Swiss Chard) that is full of amino acids. It's a great staple to have on-hand. You can make a batch and keep it in the fridge, or you can buy some pre-made. (I actually found a great mix at CostCo!) If it's the first time you're working with Quinoa, my suggestion to you would be to rinse it, then sautee it before cooking it. It adds texture and brings out the naturally nutty flavor.
All that this recipe requires is to layer in your ingredients. Start with the quinoa. (in whichever way, shape, or form you choose.) Add the tomato, the green beans, and drizzle a small amount of Balsamic Vinegar.
Finish it off my sprinkling some peanuts on top for a crunch and an extra kick of protein. You could add a lot to this recipe if you'd like, such as cucumbers, alfalfa sprouts, or Spinach. I even want to try it with some sauteed escarole! Having fast and easy health foods on hand is a big step towards a healthier lifestyle. I wish you the best!