BM# 70: Week 3/ Day 1 Theme: Cooking for One Dish: Thai Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing
My theme for this week’s blogging marathon is ‘Cooking for One‘. I mostly cook for 1 because I cook during the day when the kids are in school and my husband is usually traveling for business. When I saw the theme, I thought it was just perfect for me. So for the first day I have a flavorful and delicious Thai Quinoa Salad with peanut dressing.If I am not cooking for blogging marathon, that is if I am not cooking with a theme, then my lunch would definitely be some kind of a salad or a one-pot dish that require minimum ingredients and effort to make. I think of making the dish wholesome by balancing the carbs, protein, veggies and fat.
Today’s Thai Quinoa salad is very colorful and flavorful. Recipe is adapted from Get Healthy U website. Cooking quinoa and chopping the veggies are the most time consuming parts of this recipe. The peanut butter dressing is just amazing — creamy, sweet, sour, salty and spicy. Making the dressing spicy is completely optional, but I like some Sriracha in my dressing for some kick.Protein in this salad comes from edamame and partly from quinoa. Roasted peanuts can also be added for additional protein power and crunch. I didn’t notice that my peanuts got submerged under the other ingredients until later. All in all this is a filling and delicious salad that is sure to tickle your taste buds.