It’s no secret that many people gain weight during the holidays. I don’t have any spare weight I can afford to gain, so my secret to staying in my pants this holiday season is simple- high protein meals and high intensity workouts. I’ve also cut out sweets, but that’s a personal preference and I am not at all against eating sweets..balance is bliss remember?
This week was my holiday work party, and it was potluck style. Being a vegan, I know ahead of time there aren’t many options for me at parties like this. It just so happens I don’t enjoy eating food made by other people very often, so it all works out! I brought a dish that allowed me to survive the night without looking twice at the cookies.
- 2 cups quinoa (one red, one tan)
- 2.5 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice (AKA straight from the orange)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon/orange zest (half of each)
- 1/3 cup green onions
- 1 cup pistachios
- 1/2 cup crasins
- 1/2 cup chopped mint
- 1/2 cup chopped parsley
Cook your quinoa as directed on your packaging. Once your quinoa is cooked and cooled add the ingredients in the order listed. Starting with the liquids, and ending with the herbs. DO NOT add the pistachios until you are ready to serve though, this keeps them crunchy and fresh tasting. Hence the cup full of nuts on the side.
I featured this recipe on my blog many moons ago, but it’s so good I had to bring it back for its own post. This is a light, refreshing, but filling dish welcome at any party! I had to have some before I left my house, being full helps deter my sweet beast from rising.
Delicious alone, or paired with a bowl full of beans and greens!
The party was filled with laughs and I had a wonderful time. We did a secret Santa exchange and you’ll never guess what I was gifted…my secret Santa did gooooood.
Q: How do you survive the holiday temptations, or do eat whatever you want around the holidays?