Protein Pack 1: BARCQ Salad

What a crazy week it’s been! Since the last post I have been cooking up a storm. As to not overwhelm you, I’ll be sure to break it down. Hm… so where did I leave off? Oh yes! Protein!

I decided to lower my wheat intake and increase my protein to see if I felt any better (less tired, less achy, less headaches, more full without over eating). My 5-day personal protein challenge turned out pretty well! It’s great to get back into my good habits, including remembering to take a picture before I gobble it down.

First up- Shayla’s BARCQ Salad! I may need to work on the name. Well, here’s the first protein packed dish I made. I was quite pleased with the tanginess of the vinaigrette and the creaminess from the cheese, black beans and avocado. Feel free to adjust the proportions according to your taste. I always have cooked quinoa in the fridge (I eat it daily with my yogurt) so feel free to omit this item if you don’t have any around.

Fresh, easy salad during the heat wave

 BARCQ Salad with Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette

  • 1 cup lettuce, chopped
  • 2 tbsp radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 tbsp quinoa, cooked
  • 2 tbsp fresh corn
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 black beans
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Crumbled goat cheese, to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  1. Toss the lettuce, radishes, corn and quinoa in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together 1 tsp cumin, lime juice and apple cider vinegar. Slowly whisk in 1/4 cup olive oil. Set aside.
  3. In a small skillet, heat 1 tsp olive oil. Add the black beans and 1 tsp cumin and saute for 3 minutes.
  4. Top the salad with the black beans, avocado slices, crumbled goat cheese and cumin-lime vinaigrette. Enjoy!

Author: 2birds1scone

My name is Shayla and I talk about food. A lot. I live in Brooklyn, NY where I work as a data nerd in the startup world. As much as I wish I could say I've been a healthy vegetarian for the past 8 years, I can't. I started off as many veg's do: eating primarily processed soy products, pasta, and pizza. I also brought meat back into my diet when I started a job in catering. When I realized that cutting out meat didn't make me feel any better and I was still gaining weight, I decided I needed to make some major changes. I started experimenting and researching; I found that the fresher the food was, the more I enjoyed it. I believe we are what we eat. How we feel and what we eat is so profoundly interconnected. It's impossible to exclude factors like diet and lifestyle when you are trying feel better overall. I understand how difficult eating (or just finding) healthy food can be which brings me to this blog. I aspire to help people make healthy living easier. 2birds1scone is a place for suggestions, inspiration and shared information. It's about bringing healthier perspectives to every part of your life. Please feel free to submit your thoughts and recipes! Namaste. "One choice at a time, with intention and compassion for our selves and our planet, we can eat clean and live well." -Terry Walters

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