August 9, seriously?!? Summer, where have you gone??
Reality is really starting to set in over here— especially the reality that summer is almost over and I’ll be heading back to school is just a week and a half (ahhh!). Teacher emails are starting back up, school buses are out practicing their routes, school supplies are taking over Target, and I’m sitting here in my pjs with my coffee praying for just one extra week!
Don’t get me wrong, the start of the school year is always an exciting time, but I’m just loving my down time wayyyyy too much to want to give that up so soon 😉
So as I begin to prepare for the reality of the school year, one thing I need to start preparing for again is a busy schedule. And fitting meals into that busy schedule. So I thought I’d throw together some easy dinners and lunches over the next few weeks to start getting myself into school mode. Starting with this tangy flavorful asian quinoa salad!
I am such a huge fan of 30 minute meals. Meals you can throw together after work when you’re starving and all you want is someone to spoon feed you a huge bowl of pasta and homemade chocolate chip cookies (and then do the dishes). The struggle is real.
Anyone else? Ok good, because you’re going to loveeee this!
This quinoa salad is not only super easy and quick to throw together, but it’s also extremely healthy and versatile. Of course we all know the amazing health benefits of protein-packed quinoa and fiber rich vegetables, but this dish also stars my favorite good-for-your-gut ingredient: miso!
I’ve shared a LOT of miso recipes with you guys over the past year, ever since I’ve taken such an interest in gut health (yep, I totally just said that and I’m not ashamed at all 😉 ). Remember this Asian Kale Slaw with Miso Ginger Dressing? Or this Green Goddess Miso Noodle Soup? Seriously guys, miso is a rockstar ingredient for your gut, aids in digestion, strengthens your immune system, and is a great source of vitamin B12 (for all you vegetarians and vegans out there).
Have I sold you yet?
Well, if I haven’t sold you, did I mention this salad is absolutely FABULOUS the next day? Aka it makes a perfect work or school lunch— without any extra effort at all. This salad will certainly be in the weekly rotation at my house, just for that fact alone!
I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday! I’m off to go play tug-of-war with my crazy energetic puppy and soak up these last few weeks of SUMMER.