Edamame + Quinoa Salad

Ok so I’ve got 4 reasons why today will be marvelous. Let’s talk through them.

1. My best friend from Ohio is flying in to visit this weekend and we’re going to do some early birthday celebrations. My birthday is next week and there’s nothing wrong with some early birthday festivities, right?

me and alexa at the wedding

2. I get to find out if I’m getting a little niece or nephew! I can’t wait. And I’ll get to see this little cutie pie why my brother and sister in law are at the doctor:

Jumping Jack

I can’t believe that photo is 7 months old. Little Jack is basically twice as old now. Clearly I need some new photos.

3. After a few boring workouts (where I was really just puttering around the gym) I finally found some motivation and had some great workouts this week. These circuit workouts from Popsugar got my heart pumping and left me with sore muscles. Mission accomplished. Click the photo to pin the workouts for yourself!

circuit workouts

4. I’ve got a yummy recipe to share with you today. High protein? Check. Vegetarian? Of course. Gluten free? Bonus. Delicious? Yes.

Edamame and Quinoa Salad (1 of 1)I ordered some edamame through Relay and I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do with it, but since it has so much protein I knew it would come in handy eventually. Edamame (aka a soybean) has about 30% more protein than black beans. (Click here for a cup to cup comparison.) While I wouldn’t advocate eating a ton of soy, particularly in the form of fake meat products and processed foods, I think soybeans have a healthy place in a varied diet.

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Edamame + Quinoa Salad
 
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Gluten free and high in protein, this vegetarian salad is hearty enough for a main dish.
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Recipe type: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Salad
Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 avocado
  • 1½ cups soybeans (frozen is fine)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp diced red onion
  • 2 oz Parmesan cheese
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • Dash of crushed red pepper to tasted
Instructions
  1. If using frozen soybeans, heat the oven to 400 and cook for 15 minutes until warm. (You could also just unthaw them in the microwave if you don't want to heat the oven.
  2. Boil the quinoa and water and let it simmer for 10-12 minutes until the water is absorbed.
  3. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
  4. Slice the avocado, remove the pit and the peel, and slice into chunks.
  5. Using a vegetable peeler, slice the Parmesan into very thin strips. (I used a vegetable peeler to go the length of the cheese wedge and then broke apart the long strips.)
  6. Squeeze the lemon juice into the quinoa and stir.
  7. Toss all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and serve warm!

This made enough to fill Alex and I up for dinner with some leftover for lunch tomorrow. The dish is gluten free and full of protein. I wasn’t really sure how it was all going to come together but the creamy avocado, salty Parmesan, and crunchy edamame made a pretty good combination!

Alright, time for some coffee to get this day rolling! (Linking up with Lauren.)

 Do you have big plans for the weekend?

Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing a yummy looking recipe. I need help and major motivation incorporating veggies into my family’s meals, so I’m glad to find your blog. And Happy Early Birthday!

  2. That is one heck of a day! I totally agree, you need to start celebrating your birthday immediately. My friends and family always joke that I celebrate my birthday the entire month of November. It’s kind of true. Ha!

  3. Don’t you know you get a whole birthday week to celebrate?? Sometimes, if you’re really lucky, you get a birthday month ; ) Have fun with your friend!

  4. I literally just read that edamame is a super powerful mood booster! I really want to try this but I’m not a fan of avocado (strange, I know)- do you think this would be good without it? Or would you recommend a substitute?

    Have a great weekend! 🙂

    • I think it would totally work without avocado! I bet a little feta in there would be good instead! (Or you could leave it out entirely!)

  5. Love this post! One of my close friends is coming to visit me next week – so excited!

    And I love those workouts. I’m always looking for good full body strength workouts so thanks for that!

  6. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing love 🙂 What an exciting weekend, it’s always great to have friends come over!! 🙂 Have a great one and can’t wait to hear all about it! Take Care Liz -Iva

  7. That salad looks great! I am working to find new recipes (using Good and Cheap – the e-cook book) to expand horizons.

  8. i love using edamame by itself – steam it and toss in with some salt and pepper.

  9. Love that salad! Avocado + parm = awesome.

    Have fun with your BF this weekend!!!

  10. I’m going to have to check out those workouts….I need some new inspiration!

  11. Thank you for sharing the beautiful shots. I am liking the salad, I will try it myself, (minus the cheese for a vegan) I just love avocado. 🙂 Have a great weekend Liz!

  12. oh i love the use of both edamame and quinoa here. PROTEIN packed salad!

  13. I have been bored by my workouts lately, but I decided to follow along with some of ToneItUp’s workout videos and my workouts feel a lot more interesting! Popsugar makes great workouts too 🙂

  14. Edamame is one of my fave ingredients. Strangely my hubby hates peas but he loves edamame beans.

  15. I need to get to work on working out. My new job comes with a gym membership so I’m hoping that’s just the motivation I need to get back in the swing of things.

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