Tuesday, January 6, 2015

80---Warm BLT Salad with Quinoa

I think the craving for a BLT hits everyone from time to time, doesn't it?

This is a healthful solution.

Warm BLT Salad with Quinoa
Serves 6

1 lb lean bacon, chopped
10 cups fresh spring greens
2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
3/4 cup dry quinoa, rinsed thoroughly
1 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
3 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp dried thyme
1/8 tsp ground pepper
1/8 tsp dried dill

Bring broth to a boil over high heat in a medium saucepan.  Add quinoa and return to a boil, then reduce heat to medium high and cook quinoa for ~20 minutes, or until all broth has been absorbed.  Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large nonstick skillet over medium -high heat, cook chopped bacon until crisp, stirring frequently.  Remove cooked bacon from the pan and set aside, leaving the drippings in the skillet.

With the skillet over medium-high heat, add the vinegar, garlic, salt, thyme, pepper, and dill.  Stirring consistently, heat until mixture is thickened to coat the back of a spoon.  Remove from heat.

Toss together quinoa, greens, tomatoes, bacon, and dressing and serve immediately.

Nutrition per 1 1/2 cups: 143 calories, 6 g fat, 7 g protein, 15 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber

1 comment:

  1. I love BLTs but have avoided them since trying to lose weight. This recipe sounds like the perfect balance between want and need. I can't wait to try this recipe! Thank you for all of your time and dedication to healthy eating.