Kale and Quinoa Salad and Cumin Roasted Sweet Potatoes for Meatless Monday

Quinoa is truly one of my all time favourite ‘grains’ and pretty much the only grain that I eat regularly. I know I’ve posted many quinoa recipes on my site, but I just can’t get enough of this super nutritious protein packed goodness! Quinoa is so versatile; you can make it sweet or savoury, serve it hot or cold or make an incredible vitamin packed salad, like I did today! It’s a perfect salad to go along side any dish, and is packed with antioxidants, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and of course flavour! Best part, it takes no time to make! Enjoy!

Kale and Quinoa Salad

1 cup cooked quinoa
2 large kale leaves, sliced into ribbons
1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cucumber, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 tbsp hemp seeds
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped

Combine all ingredients together in a large salad bowl and serve with dressing recipe below.

3-4 tbsp olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp dried oregano
1 clove garlic, mashed
Herbamare, to season


Combine all ingredients together in a mason jar. Shake and let sit for 20 mins to infuse oil with garlic and herbs. Pour over salad.

Cumin Roasted Sweet Potatoes
This is a simple and delicious side dish and a perfect way to spice up sweet potato!

1 large sweet potato or garnet yam (1 1/4 lb.), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped (2 cups)
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp chili flakes
herbamare, to season
1 lime, halved
1/3 cup chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 425°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss sweet potato and onion on baking sheet and sprinkle with cumin, paprika, chili flakes and herbamare. Roast 45 minutes or until desired texture is reached. Be sure to toss halfway through cooking time. Remove vegetables from oven; squeeze juice lime juice over top, and sprinkle with cilantro.

Happy Meatless Monday Everyone!

Health & Abundance,
Samantha 🙂



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Raw Kale Salad & Vanilla Banana Hemp Smoothie for Meatless Monday!

There is nothing better than waking up to make a nourishing breakfast, especially when your breakfast tastes like dessert! Better yet, this morning smoothie is packed with heart healthy omega 3’s and satiating protein and fiber!

Vanilla Banana Hemp Smoothie

2 ripe frozen bananas
1 tbsp raw almond butter
5-6 medjool dates
1 cup water (or more, depending on desired consistency)
2 tbsp hemp hearts
1 tbsp hemp oil
1/2 tsp whole vanilla bean powder OR 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
Pinch of Celtic sea salt
Pinch of Cinnamon

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Sprinkle cinnamon on top

Moving into lunch, this raw kale salad is sure to please! I cannot stress the importance of eating a raw salad daily. Full of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, your body will rejoice! This salad is definitely a favorite, mainly because it contains 2 of my foodie-loves: avocado and kale! Loaded with calcium, magnesium and healthy fats, this salad is the perfect afternoon pick me up!

Raw Red Kale Salad

1 bunch red kale
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 red onion
1 carrot
1 bell pepper
Half medium cucumber
1/2 cup fresh dill
2 tbsp hemp hearts
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 avocado
Juice of 1 lime
1 garlic clove
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup water

Begin by shredding red kale or simply chopping it up ‘chiffonade’ style. Half the cherry tomatoes, slice red onion into half moons, julienne the bell pepper and chop cucumber. Slice the carrot thinly, or use a mandolin. Toss all veggies together. Feel free to add any additional veggies. Personally, I like to add some canned black beans or chickpeas to add some protein and fiber for a delicious vegetarian friendly lunch!

In a high speed blender, combine avocado, lime juice, dill, garlic, sea salt, black pepper and water. Dress the salad and toss well. Sprinkle with hemp hearts and pumpkin seeds.

Enjoy these Meatless Monday recipes!

If you have a favorite Meatless Monday recipe you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you! Email me- samantha@holisticwellness.ca

Happy Monday!

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