Let's lay off the unhealthy stuff for a while okay? Let's take a healthy salad for lunch today okay?
I got the shock of my life this morning. I just gained 3kg in 3 days. Yep, someone just went from being 1.5kg under her weight category to 1.5kg over her weight category. Seriously, I don't even gain so much weight during Christmas or on vacation. Uh, my conclusion? Chinese New Year goodies are the worst of them all. Super tasty, but super super fattening.
So now, I'll take back everything I said about being able to indulge for the 15 days of Chinese New Year. That's over. I have to lose weight.
Let's just say this blog is going to take a slight detour for a while. I've had more than my fair share of sweet treats the past 3 days. I've also had more than my fair share of rendang, nasi lemak, sambal prawns and otah. Enough with the heavy, decadent and stomach-bloating nonsense. What I need today is a light, refreshing salad.
I need it to be healthy and hearty. And of course, it has to be full of flavour.
Let's see... there's a reasonable amount of greens. There's a beautiful red from the tomatoes (antioxidants!). There's creamy chickpeas (yay for fiber and taste!). There's quinoa (packed with proteins!). There's pple balsamic vinegar for a light, fruity flavour. And olive oil and crumbly, rich feta cheese (healthy fat!).
Quite perfect, I think. You know, this would be perfect as an entree as well. Just wrap it up with the butterhead lettuce and serve each guest one.
Chopped salad with quinoa and feta
1/4 cup quinoa
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1/2 cup chopped cherry tomato
1/4 cup chickpeas
1 tsp of fresh parsley, chopped
2 tsp honey
1 tsp apple balsamic vinegar
1 tsp olive oil
10 leaves of butterhead lettuce
30g crumbled feta cheese
1. Combine quinoa and water and simmer for about 18 minutes till it reaches desired consistency.
2. Combine cucumber, tomatoes chickpeas and parsley.
3. Stir together honey, apple balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Drizzle over vegetables and toss to combine.
4. Spoon mixture into lettuce leaves, top with feta cheese and enjoy!