Red Quinoa Salad Meal Prep

Makes 5 lunches
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes

Meal prepping on a Sunday is a great way to stay on top of your busy weekdays and minimise the morning mayhem. This basic quinoa salad recipe acts as the ultimate base for a weeks' worth of delicious and nutritious lunches, where you can reinvent it each day with new flavour combos!

Tips & Tricks
  • Add a crushed clove of garlic and a squeeze of lemon to your salad for an added boost of flavour.
  • Use brown rice as a quinoa alternative! Pams Instant Brown Rice can also be a great addition to this salad.
  • This salad will store for up to 5 days in the fridge in an airtight container or sealed bowl, and Pams Storage Containers are the perfect size to pack your lunch each day!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Pams Superfoods Red Quinoa

  • 2 golden kūmara, diced into small cubes
  • 1 Pams Red Onion, finely diced

Method

  1. Rinse the quinoa thoroughly in cold water then transfer to a large saucepan with a good pinch of salt and 4 cups of water. Bring to the boil, then cover with a lid and turn down to simmer for 15 – 20 minutes.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, place the kūmara on a large baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil and season generously with salt & pepper. Roast in the oven at 200°C for 25 minutes, tossing halfway through cooking.
  3. Fluff the cooked quinoa up using a fork and transfer to a large bowl or container. Stir through the roasted kūmara and diced red onion. Drizzle generously with olive oil and taste and season again with salt & pepper.
  • Monday: Add a cup full of quinoa salad to a lunch bowl or container. Add in ½ a can of rinsed Pams Chickpeas, a handful of Pams Baby Spinach, as well as a crumbling of feta. We also love to sprinkle over some flaked almonds for a delicious crunch!
  • Tuesday: Add a cup full of quinoa salad to a bowl as the base of your fritter mix. Crack in a raw Pams Egg, add ½ cup Pams Panko Breadcrumbs and ½ cup of grated courgette. Mix to combine and add spoonfuls to a frypan on medium heat. Fry for 5 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked. Add to your container. Easily reheat the fritters for lunchtime, and dollop on some sour cream and salsa to take it to the next level! 
  • Wednesday: Add a cup full of quinoa salad to a lunch bowl or container. Add in a large handful of Pams Shredded Beetroot and a sprinkle of Pams Almonds and garnish with fresh mint. Add a dollop of Pams Hummus for extra flavour!  
  • Thursday: Add a cup of your base salad to a Pams Tortilla with some rinsed Pams Kidney Beans & slices of a Pams Avocado. Wrap up and cut in half and add to your container. This is a great handheld lunch, with no sogginess or mess!
  • Friday: Add a cup full of quinoa salad to a lunch bowl or container. Add slices of Pams Smoked Chicken, a handful of cooked Pams Green Beans and a handful of Pams Cherry Tomatoes. This takes your base salad to a whole ‘nother level! Add a drizzle of Pams Finest Basil Pesto for extra bright flavour. 

Check out more workday lunch idea in the article Back To Work Lunch

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Pams Superfoods Red Quinoa

  • 2 golden kūmara, diced into small cubes
  • 1 Pams Red Onion, finely diced