Last Minute Rainbow Salad
Get your popcorn at the ready, cos ya girl is back at it again with another blog post (one year later lol).
*Disclaimer: the first part is a long explanation which attempts to justify my year long absence, but if you want to get down to the nitty gritty, just scroll until you see something written in RED*
WHERE THE HELL HAVE I BEEN ?
For those of you who have been following me for a while, you may have noticed that it has been AGES since I have blogged.
My absence is due to the fact that this year was my last year of my nutrition degree and it was really, REALLY stressful.
It was as traumatic as that time in Legally Blonde (right before the montage) when Elle Woods is in that bunny costume at the party and she gets degraded by her ex boyf, Warner, because he thinks Elle's grades won't be good enough for the internship. She leaves the party, feeling like the fruit cake that no one wants during Christmas, even when there's no pavlova left.
Arguably, my uni life was more traumatic. Because unlike Elle Woods, I didn't get an AMAZING montage when I studied.
For those of you who haven't had the privilege of seeing this beautiful work of art, the montage is the epitome of amazing and reflects the uni study goals of millennials alike. It has a motivating song which is upbeat, catchy and sets the tone of the scene ("Better watch out, I'm going for the knock down"). During the montage, Elle raises her hand in class, wears glasses and buys a laptop - which OBVIOUSLY demonstrates that she's internship material and will surely crack the hundy on her next test.
Sarcasm and jokes aside, it's a moment of empowerment, self-fulfilment and screams, "Cash Me Outsside Warner, How Bout Dat?".
Instead of a montage, I got sleep deprivation, bags under my eyes, and things got out of control to an extent, that I began wearing trackies to uni which were bright red.
Not the cute maroon or burgundy red, more like a bright, rudolph the red nose reindeer red.
And to top it all off, I am a season behind dance moms and this is not ok.
But I am free bird now and in a month I graduate and become a nutritionist (yay!).
I’m excited, because I will get to explore life, beyond learning objectives, lecture notes (some of which were written in COMIC SANS, which I personally believe is a travesty to society) and boring practicals which make me question the meaning of life.
BUT I’m also scared stricken, because I like knowing what’s going on. And I prefer my life to be a rom com where everything is happy and sugar coated and there’s guys like 2005 Jude Law to look at, but most importantly, it’s predictable and not too adrenaline punching.
And I don’t know what the heck will happen from now on. I’ve started applying for jobs, but other people will most likely have more experience than me, so it’s probably going to take an arm and a leg until I get a job (haha soz mum).
And that makes me feel like this ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (Rosie Recaps, 2016a) constantly.
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ANYWHO, since I have LOTS of time on my hands, I have time to blog and make recipes (but knowing me, I can't make any promises so who knows when my next blog post will be ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ?!?!)
SO... as the blog posts suggests, I have a new recipe.... a Last Minute Rainbow Salad.
It was a throw together of whatever I had in the fridge and surprisingly, it turned out to be delish! I'ts jam packed with veggies and is perfect for the warmer months and since summer is coming up, I thought you'd be keen on giving this a try!
You're can adjust the recipe accordingly depending on the ingredients you have and or add more or less, to your heart's content.
For the salad:
- 1 x avocado
- 1 x carrot,
- 1 x 400g can of chickpeas
- 2 x tomatoes
- 1/4 cup mint
- 1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked
- 1/2 cup buckwheat, uncooked
- 2+1/2 cups water
For the dressing:
- 1/4-1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (depending on how much vinegar you desire)
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- sprinkle of pepper
1. To make the quinoa, add quinoa to a pot and add 1 cup of water. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 20 mins until the quinoa has increased in size and becomes "fluffy" (you may need to add extra water if all the water is drained before the quinoa is cooked).
2. To cook the buckwheat, add buckwheat to a pot and add 1+1/2 cups water. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 20 mins, until the buckwheat increases in size and is cooked.
2. Meanwhile, chop the avocado, tomatoes, mint and grate the carrot. Drain and rinse the canned chickpeas.
3. Then combine quinoa, buckwheat, avocado, tomatoes, mint, carrot and chickpeas into a bowl.
4. To make the dressing, combine dressing ingredients into a small bowl. Then pour dressing over salad ingredients.
5. Place salad into the fridge to cool for at least an hour. Enjoy!
Let me know if you give this a try or let me know what your fave salad combos are!
Hope your day is as meaningful as a montage.
- Andrea xx