Have a tasty, protein packed salad on the table in less than 20 minutes with this Asian tempeh-quinoa salad with wild greens, made with a Eat Smart Gourmet Vegetable Salad Kit as a shortcut!
Convenience food gets a bad rep. For the most part, it's with good reason - as a whole, convenience foods are the most processed and least nutritious foods we eat. But with full lives that seem to pull us in five directions all at once, all of which are far from the kitchen, a little convenience is sometimes what we need!
That's why I'm excited to be partnering with Eat Smart to highlight their new Eat Smart Gourmet Vegetable Salad Kits! These chef inspired salad kits are packed with the most nutritious dark greens like kale, cabbage and Brussels sprouts and all the toppings you need to create a tasty gourmet salad. The flavor combinations are innovative and the dressings are really delicious (and this is coming from a HUGE dressing snob who hasn't bought bottled dressing in years!).
Eat Smart Gourmet Vegetable Salad Kits are such a huge timesaver. As is, they make a great side dish. Or if you want to bulk it up to make a main, just add your choice of protein or carb. It doesn't have to be anything time consuming - 90 second brown rice, chopped fruit or roasted sweet potatoes from the deli would be a great way to add carbs, and you could add canned tuna/salmon, a hard boiled egg or even a frozen veggie burger for protein. Plus, because the salads are all made with hearty greens, you can pack and dress your salads the day ahead and they won't wilt. Yay for leftovers!
With all the time you're saving in the kitchen, I encourage you to sit down and slow down and enjoy your meal with family. I don't think I've mentioned it on the blog yet (way to drop the ball, Rach...), but this month is National Nutrition Month, a month-long nutrition education campaign by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. This years theme is "Savor the Flavor of Eating Right." I'm actually pretty excited about it. In all the talk of what to eat, one thing that's lost is how to eat. That's where savoring comes in, the act of mindfully noticing and appreciating the flavors and textures of your food and enjoying the company you're with.
These Eat Right Gourmet Salad Vegetable kits definitely made it easy to savor. As part of this campaign, we were sent a sampler with all seven kits, which we used all week to create delicious, homecooked meals with fresh ingredients. Every night we had dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes, leaving more time to savor our masterpiece!
Another one of my timesaving tricks is cooking a batch of some type of protein food to have on hand for quick meals throughout the week. One of my favorites is this Asian inspired tempeh and quinoa salad. It's perfect as a salad topper or as a snack with brown rice crackers. I've even stuffed it into an avocado to serve over greens! I served it over the Wild Greens and Quinoa Salad Kit, which comes with crispy quinoa, feta, almonds, and avocado herb dressing, but it would also work well over any of the others (except maybe the Southwest!).
Asian Tempeh-Quinoa Salad with Wild Greens
Makes leftover tempeh-quinoa salad, which could be served over another Eat Smart Gourmet Vegetable Salad Kit or with brown rice crackers and veggies as a snack.
Asian Tempeh-Quinoa Salad:
- 8 ounces tempeh, crumbled
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon ginger
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 Eat Smart Wild Greens and Quinoa Gourmet Salad Kit
- 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1/2 avocado, sliced
- 2 radishes, thinly sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Place quinoa in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add remaining tempeh-quinoa salad ingredients and pulse until well combined.
- In a large salad bowl, pour wild greens out of the bag. Add salad toppings and drizzle with dressing. Toss to combine. Divide salad between 2 bowls. Top with bell pepper, sliced avocado, radish and a scoop of tempeh-quinoa salad.
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