This Rainbow Quinoa Vegetable Salad is packed with clean, healthy ingredients!
We’re more than halfway through the Daniel Plan, with our most recent session being about Focus – brain health and focusing on what’s important, not what’s urgent because often what’s urgent is not what’s most important. Our guest speaker was amazing and enlightened our group about cognitive distortions (many times, things we believe are true really aren’t) and primary/secondary emotions.
Cognitive distortions can negatively affect our mental well being and increase our stress levels, so digging into what’s true is really important.
The concept of primary versus secondary emotions was fascinating and a real eye opener. For example, if your teenage daughter stays out past curfew, you might be afraid that something happened to her, but instead of communicating that to her when she walks in the door, you might be angry and yell “Why are you so late!?” Most of us don’t express our primary emotions (as babies we did, but we resort to secondary emotions as we get older and use it as a defense mechanism); instead, we show our secondary emotions, which can cause all sorts of havoc and breakdowns in relationships.
So, I’ve been trying to get in tune with my primary emotions this week, and practicing on my husband, getting to the root of the primary emotions behind our secondary emotions ;).
I made this Rainbow Quinoa Vegetable Salad for our Daniel Plan meeting last week, which is perfect for this month’s theme for The Recipe Redux’s ~ 7-Ingredient (Or Less) Recipes. We were challenged to make a healthy, no-brainer dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Served on a bed of Boston lettuce, it’s a beautiful salad, chock full of vibrant colored veggies.
- ½ cup cooked quinoa
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- ½ cup spiralized carrots (I used rainbow carrots)
- ½ cup red bell pepper, diced
- ¼ cup cooked beans
- chopped scallions
- Your favorite dressing, or lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
- Place quinoa, tomatoes, carrots, red bell pepper, beans and scallion in a bowl; toss with your favorite salad dressing (or just squeeze some fresh lemon juice on top and drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil on top).