Delicious Juice Recipe Using Kitchen Scraps!

Delicious Juice Recipe using Kitchen Scraps

One of my favorite ways to clean out the fridge and use up any extra produce is to juice it! You just need fruit, veg, and lemon/lime to make a delicious combo!

This juice isn’t fancy but it’s delicious, nutritious and loaded with antioxidants! It is super refreshing and will give you a nice little burst of energy after drinking it!

Kitchen Scrap Green Juice

You’ll need:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 apples
  • 1 pear
  • kale stems (I save these after making kale salads)
  • 2 broccoli stalks (these are great for juicing, save these too!)
  • celery tops, including the leafy part
  • handful parsley
  • 1 lemon (peeled)
  • 1 lime (peeled)

First wash the skin of your fruits and veggies. I always use this wash.

Then simply run all ingredients through a juicer (I recommend Breville). Makes 32oz.

Delicious Green Juice Recipe Using Kitchen Scraps!

Feel free to throw in or substitute whatever you have. Grapes, baby carrots, strawberries, even green beans! And, if you have backyard chickens like we do, be sure to give them the leftover pulp. They love it!

backyard speckled Sussex chicken with juice pulp

You can see all of my juice recipes here. If you are interested in getting started with a juice cleanse start here!

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Raw Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

raw mint chocolate chip smoothie

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this AMAZING Mint Chocolate Chip Shake!  This is what I love about raw foods, you can have delicious, decadent recipes like this and still be cleansing!!

I LOVED Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream as a kid and it’s still one of my favorite flavors. This shake tastes exactly like to the real thing!!

Raw Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. I use VitaMix. You could also add some baby spinach to make it a more green in color and give it a boost in minerals!

This shake is sooooo good!! If you like Mint Chocolate Chip as much as I do, you will really love this recipe! Kids will love it too!

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Raw Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie
 
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  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 bunches fresh mint leaves
  • ¼ tsp mint extract
  • 2 dropperfulls Cocoa Extract
  • 2 dropperfulls Vanilla Stevia
  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • Cacao Nibs as garnish
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. I use VitaMix. You could also add some baby spinach to make it a more green in color and give it a boost in minerals!

 You can find more smoothie recipes here. Enjoy!!

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Fast Healthy Meal Ideas

I know many of us are constantly pressed for time. That is usually one of the top challenges people face when trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I have faced these challenges myself and continue to learn, improvise and make it work! Here are some fast healthy meal ideas from my kitchen to yours. These are all unplanned, improvised meals that I made on the fly using whatever I had on hand. You can also follow me on instagram (@lovelindawagner) to see these tips and recipes in real time! I hope these inspire you to make it work, even when you are pressed for time!

Fast Healthy Meal Ideas

healthy beverages

Beverages (from left to right):

I’ve shared this Detox Tea recipe before but if you are pressed for time, simply pour hot water over thinly sliced lemons and ginger!

Bai5 is my new obsession!! It’s all natural, delicious, LOADED with antioxidants and only 10 calories per bottle! Sometimes you just don’t feel like drinking plain water and these are a great, healthy way to stay hydrated! I found the 5 flavor sample pack which has clementine, coconut, pomegranate, dragonfruit, and blueberry at Costco!

I love this Fat Dissolver Juice but when I’m pressed for time or don’t have all the ingredients on hand, I just make plain fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals that support healthy skin, weight loss, blood pressure, and fat metabolism!

healthy breakfast

Breakfast meals/Snacks:

I always have Ezekiel bread and english muffins on hand. They are so much more nutritious than regular white or wheat bread and digest cleanly and easily. I love the cinnamon raisin english muffins toasted then smeared with almond butter, sliced bananas, goji berries, cacoa nibs, and a drizzle of honey. If you don’t already have them, I recommend always having goji berries, cacoa nibs, and honey in the pantry. One bag of each the cacoa nibs and goji berries has lasted me almost two years so a little goes a long way! These superfoods add extra vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are wonderful for your skin and energy levels. They also will help to keep you full and satisfied longer! That being said, if you don’t have superfoods and are not interested in trying them, an ezekiel muffin with almond butter and sliced fruit is still fabulous!!

Cultured yogurt or kefir is another great thing to have on hand. Both are loaded with beneficial probiotics and make the perfect snack or breakfast. You can have it plain or add fruit and superfoods like I did. Again, just use what you have on hand. I had fresh berries (you could also use frozen), honey, and a sprinkle of bee pollen. Bee pollen is another one of those superfoods that will last a VERY long time. I can’t even tell you how long I’ve had mine! I keep it in the fridge to help it stay fresh. If you don’t have any fruit or superfoods, don’t worry, having your yogurt or kefir plain is still so much healthier than sugary cereal, a candy bar, or cookies! Having healthy items in the fridge and pantry just ensures that you make healthier choices 😉

I LOVE Nature’s Path hot oatmeal during the winter months. It’s just so warming and keeps me full for hours. I added sliced banana, raw almonds, goji berries, chia seeds and dried cranberries.

superfood pantry
My superfood pantry

*If you would like more info on getting started with superfoods, start here. Remember, do what you can with what you have. You don’t have to have superfoods to live a healthy lifestyle but they are something that you can keep in the pantry to give your everyday foods a little boost!! You can see all the superfoods mentioned in this article here and get $10 off your order with the code WAG472. Most of these items can also be found at your local health food store or Trader Joe’s!

healthy egg breakfast

Eggs:

Eggs are one of my favorite protein sources and another staple that I always have. They provide protein, omega fatty acids, and amino acids that support the health of your entire body! I love them sunny side up over ezekiel english muffins with whatever greens I have on hand, fresh tomatoes, avocado slices and lots of hot sauce! I have this for breakfast or lunch ALL THE TIME. It literally takes less than 10 minutes to make and tastes amazing!! If you need to take it to work or on the go, just be sure to cook the yolk completely so you don’t end up with a runny mess on your hands!

Another egg dish I love are fritattas (see recipe insipration here). I typically just use whatever leftover veggies I have and it always turns out great! Fritattas keep well as leftovers too!
healthy salads

Salads:

I always try to have salad ingredients on hand as well:

  • greens – romaine lettuce, kale, spinach, arugula, etc
  • fresh veggies – cherry tomatoes, avocados, shredded carrots, yellow squash, cucumber, purple cabbage
  • nuts/seeds/dried fruit – pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, slivered almonds
  • protein – usually whatever is leftover: grilled chicken, hard boiled eggs, salmon, steak

Just throw whatever you have together in a large bowl with your favorite salad dressing and you’ve got a super healthy meal in minutes!

healthy veggie burrito bowl

“Leftover” Bowls:

Another staple in our house is the “leftover bowl”. Basically you just make quinoa and top it with leftovers from the week! This one was leftovers from fajitas that we had made earlier. Quinoa, whipped black beans, charred onion & bell peppers, corn with chili, lime & cilantro, fresh avocado slices and grape tomatoes.

A big part of eating healthy is making sure you have healthy foods around you. It’s like the quote “surround yourself with only the people who are going to lift you higher”, the same applies to food. Surround yourself with the food that is going to take you toward your goals; toward the health and the body you want!

I hope these fast healthy meal ideas help to inspire you to be prepared and improvise with what you have! xo

You can see more of my fast easy 5 min meals here, enjoy!!

 

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Chopped Detox Salad Recipe

Chopped Detox Salad

Keeping to the theme of New Year’s detoxing, this raw Chopped Detox Salad is a great way to get your bod in tip top shape quickly! Raw veggies are packed with nutrition but they are also full of enzymes and LOADED with fiber which plays a vital role in weight loss!

Fiber is only found in foods from plants, such as greens, nuts, vegetables, and fruits. It passes through the body with very little change in the digestive system. That means that fiber provides few or no calories, in addition to having many health benefits.

Fiber provides many benefits. While maintaining the health of the digestive tract, it also lowers the risk of certain cancers, heart disease, and diabetes. It helps control the appetite, so it’s easier to keep weight in check. Because it is found only in plant foods, vegetarians tend to have very high fiber intakes, which may be one of the reasons vegetarians are generally healthier and slimmer than meat–eaters. (source)

Chopped Detox Salad

A high-fiber diet has many benefits, which include:

  • Normalizes bowel movements. Dietary fiber increases the weight and size of your stool and softens it. A bulky stool is easier to pass, decreasing your chance of constipation. If you have loose, watery stools, fiber may also help to solidify the stool because it absorbs water and adds bulk to stool.
  • Helps maintain bowel health. A high-fiber diet may lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and small pouches in your colon (diverticular disease). Some fiber is fermented in the colon. Researchers are looking at how this may play a role in preventing diseases of the colon.
  • Lowers cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber found in beans, oats, flaxseed and oat bran may help lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering low-density lipoprotein, or “bad,” cholesterol levels. Studies also have shown that fiber may have other heart-health benefits, such as reducing blood pressure and inflammation.
  • Helps control blood sugar levels. In people with diabetes, fiber — particularly soluble fiber — can slow the absorption of sugar and help improve blood sugar levels. A healthy diet that includes insoluble fiber may also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Aids in achieving healthy weight. High-fiber foods generally require more chewing time, which gives your body time to register when you’re no longer hungry, so you’re less likely to overeat. Also, a high-fiber diet tends to make a meal feel larger and linger longer, so you stay full for a greater amount of time. And high-fiber diets also tend to be less “energy dense,” which means they have fewer calories for the same volume of food. (source)

Chopped Detox Salad

Chopped Detox Salad

For the chopped salad you’ll need:

  1. a base of assorted greens – I used spinach, kale, arugula, and shredded purple cabbage
  2. veggies of choice – I used shredded carrots, broccoli, green bell peppers, diced radishes and yellow squash, halved grape tomatoes, and diced avocado
  3. nuts & seeds of choice – I used hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, and chopped almonds
  4. dried fruit – I used cranberries
  5. vinaigrette dressing of choice – I used my homemade Liquid Gold salad dressing recipe (see below)

Simply layer all your ingredients together in a large salad bowl, toss, and ENJOY!! This makes a great lunch or dinner meal and the best part?! You can have as much of it as you want!! There is no limit on the quantity! You can also mix it up by using different kinds of veggies.

Liquid Gold Dressing (adapted from The Raw Food Detox Diet):

  • 2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 whole cloves garlic
  • 3 Tbs fresh minced ginger
  • 3 Tbs Tamari (available through iherb.com or in the Asian section at your local health food store)
  • 2 droppersful NuNaturals liquid stevia (alternately you could use 3 heaping tsps raw honey)
  • 1.5 cups cold-pressed olive oil
  • handful of brazil nuts (about 8 total) – just 2 Brazil nuts a day will provide you with your daily selenium requirements!

Simply blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. This will make about 4 cups.

I always use my VitaMix which is an amazing, state of the art, professional grade high speed blender. They are the ONLY blender that will get you the creamy consistency that you desire, especially when using nuts.  I love, love, LOVE my VitaMix and highly recommend investing in one if you are ready to make serious changes to your diet. I have had mine for almost 5 years and use it daily! If you’re not ready to drop that kind of cash, I also like Hamilton Beach which makes some great budget friendly blenders that you can get at your local Walmart or Target.

You can purchase your  Tamari and NuNaturals liquid stevia through iherb.com! They always have discounted prices and fast, shipping – they ship to over 180 countries, including APO addresses! Feel free to use my discount code WAG472 to get $5 OFF your first order or $10 off your first order of $40 or more!

Chopped Detox Salad

You can see all of my salad recipes here and browse through all of my winter squash recipes here! Enjoy!!

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Chopped Detox Salad Recipe
 
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Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • For the chopped salad you’ll need:
  • a base of assorted greens – I used spinach, kale, arugula, and shredded purple cabbage
  • veggies of choice – I used shredded carrots, broccoli, green bell peppers, diced radishes and yellow squash, halved grape tomatoes, and diced avocado
  • nuts & seeds of choice - I used hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, and chopped almonds
  • dried fruit - I used cranberries
  • vinaigrette dressing of choice – I used my homemade Liquid Gold salad dressing recipe (see below)
  • For the Liquid Gold Dressing you'll need:
  • 2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 whole cloves garlic
  • 3 Tbs fresh minced ginger
  • 3 Tbs Tamari (available through iherb.com or in the Asian section at your local health food store)
  • 2 droppersful NuNaturals liquid stevia (alternately you could use 3 heaping tsps raw honey)
  • 1.5 cups cold-pressed olive oil
  • handful of brazil nuts (about 8 total) – just 2 Brazil nuts a day will provide you with your daily selenium requirements!
Instructions
  1. Simply layer all your greens, chopped veggies, nuts, and dried fruit together in a large salad bowl, toss, and ENJOY!! This makes a great lunch or dinner meal and the best part?! You can have as much of it as you want!! There is no limit on the quantity! You can also mix it up by using different kinds of veggies.
  2. For the Liquid Goal salad dressing simply blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. This will make about 4 cups.

Juicing Detox: Belly Buster Green Juice Recipe

Belly Buster Green Juice Recipe

This belly buster green juice is a powerful one! I know everyone is ready to rock their New Year’s resolutions so I thought I would share one of my favorite juice recipes for busting belly fat and jump-starting your metabolism!

This belly buster juice is loaded with citrus fruits, including their skins. Normally, I peel my citrus before juicing because the essential oils in the skin can make the juice bitter. In this case, we’re going to keep the skin due to the high amounts of hesperidin and diosmin. Hesperidin and diosmin are bioflavinoids found in citrus fruits like lemons and oranges. These bioflavinoids support:

  • healthy cholesterol levels
  • active metabolic function
  • healthy veins (great for bulging veins and varicose veins!!)
  • immune system function
  • fat metabolism
  • inflammation

While these bioflavinoids may taste slightly bitter, the benefits are well worth it! I created this combination specifically with health benefits and taste in mind so it’s actually still quite tasty! In all honesty, I think most of us can endure a little bitterness in exchange for a flat belly and amazing health benefits, am I right?!

Belly Buster Green Juice Recipe

I recommend having this juice daily as your breakfast meal. Substituting juice for breakfast is a great way to reduce your food intake while still getting ample vitamins and minerals. Most people find that they don’t even miss having solid food for breakfast because juicing makes them feel so satisfied due to the high content of nutrients. Personally, I always feel a nice little ZING from juicing that energizes me in such a clean and lovely way. Try it and see how you feel! If you’re not ready to substitute juice as a meal, you can have it as a snack in between meals. You will still get great benefits from doing so!

Belly Buster Green Juice Recipe

Belly Buster Green Juice Recipe

You’ll need:

  • 3 medium apples (I used fuji)
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 large lemon, including skin
  • 1 lime, including skin
  • 3 small mandarins, including skin
  • 1 head romaine lettuce

First wash the skin of your fruits and veggies. I always use this wash. Because we are using the skin, try to get all organic if you can.

Then simply run all ingredients through a juicer (I recommend Breville) and feel the ZING!! (Makes 32oz)

Belly Buster Green Juice Recipe

And, if you have backyard chickens like we do, be sure to give them the leftover pulp. They love it!

backyard speckled Sussex chicken with juice pulp Belly Buster Green Juice Recipe

You can see all of my juice recipes here. If you are interested in getting started with a juice cleanse start here!

Detox EBooks by Linda Wagner

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 For more healthy living tips and recipes please subscribe to this blog, follow me on twitterLOVE me on facebook, subscribe to my YouTube channel, follow me on Pinterest, OR if you are interested in getting started on your own weight loss journey with a one-on-one consultation, shoot me an email!

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Juicing Detox: Belly Buster Green Juice Recipe
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 3 medium apples (I used fuji)
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 large lemon, including skin
  • 1 lime, including skin
  • 3 small mandarins, including skin
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
Instructions
  1. First wash the skin of your fruits and veggies. Because we are using the skin, try to get all organic if you can.
  2. Then simply run all ingredients through a juicer (I recommend Breville) and feel the ZING!! (Makes 32oz)

 

 

Kale Salad with Chili Lime Roasted Butternut Squash, Quinoa, Avocado, Pomegranate and Garlic Sriracha Vinaigrette

Kale Salad with Chili Lime Roasted Butternut Squash, Quinoa, Avocado, and Pomegranate with Garlic Siracha Vinaigrette

I’m SO EXCITED to share this recipe with you! One of my good friends was in town last night and came over for dinner. He said that he’s not typically a fan of kale but absolutely loved this salad and the way the kale mixed in with the other ingredients.

Anytime I am making a salad I want everyone to enjoy, I add a lot of different ingredients. It just makes the dish so much more interesting and fun. This salad has a lot of components and will take a little prep time but it is SO worth it. It’s one of my favorite salads I’ve ever made! The flavors just compliment each other so nicely!

Kale Salad with Chili Lime Roasted Butternut Squash, Quinoa, Avocado, and Pomegranate with Garlic Siracha Vinaigrette

This salad is gorgeous too, don’t you think?! I’m sure I’ll be making it again for Thanksgiving and Christmas since the pomegranate makes it so festive!

pomegranates seeds Kale Salad with Chili Lime Roasted Butternut Squash, Quinoa, Avocado, and Pomegranate with Garlic Siracha Vinaigrette

Kale Salad with Butternut Squash, Quinoa, Avocado, Pomegranate and Garlic Sriracha Vinaigrette

You’ll need:

  • 1 head kale, stems removed and leaves torn into small pieces.
  • seeds of 1 pomegranate (Trader Joes & Costco sell them already de-seeded)
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 4 cups peeled & diced butternut squash – about 1 large squash (Trader Joes & Costco sell them already peeled and diced)
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • chili lime seasoning – I actually found mine at Home Goods but they also carry it on Amazon. A must try, it’s amazing!!
  • Garlic Expressions salad dressing
  • Sriracha
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

First prepare your butternut squash. If you are using a whole butternut squash, peel your squash, remove inner seeds with a spoon, and cut it into cubes. Toss with a drizzle of olive oil, a little sea salt and 1 Tbs chili lime seasoning (I always use a ziplock bag for this step). Place on a large baking sheet covered with aluminum foil and bake, tossing occasionally, until edges begin to brown, about 30-40 mins. I sometimes broil them for a few minutes right at the end to get them nice and crispy but that is purely optional!

While your squash is cooking, cook your quinoa. In a large saucepan over medium high heat add 2 cups of quinoa to 4 cups of water. Cover and let cook until all the water is absorbed, about 20 mins.

While your quinoa is cooking, prepare your carmelized onions. In a medium sized saute pan over medium high heat, add a drizzle of olive oil and let it begin to simmer. Then add diced onions and a dash of salt and pepper. Stir to coat and let cook down, stirring occasionally until golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside. 

Once your quinoa is done cooking, toss it in a large bowl with kale pieces, caramelized onions, and a generous drizzle of Garlic Expressions and Sriracha to taste. Taste and adjust dressings according to taste.

Top with cooked butternut squash, avocado slices, and fresh pomegranate seeds.

Kale Salad with Chili Lime Roasted Butternut Squash, Quinoa, Avocado, and Pomegranate with Garlic Siracha Vinaigrette

This salad takes a few more steps than most of my other recipes but boy is it worth it!! The combo of Garlic Expressions with Sriracha is one of my favorites and my go-to combination for salads. I highly recommend that you try it but if you don’t like spicy food, simply omit the sriracha.

The baked butternut squash is amazing on it’s own and out-of-this-world when combined with the other flavors of this salad. All the flavors and textures are represented here: sweet, savory, spicy, tart, creamy, crunchy; it’s like a party in your mouth. It’s just so good!

Enjoy it on it’s own or with cooked protein like grilled chicken or salmon. I highly encourage you to share this with family and friends. This recipe as it’s written makes a very large portion and can serve up to 6 as an entree so you’ll have plenty to share!

Kale Salad with Chili Lime Roasted Butternut Squash, Quinoa, Avocado, and Pomegranate with Garlic Siracha Vinaigrette

You may also like this Holiday Roasted Vegetable Salad

Holiday Roasted Vegetable Salad via Linda Wagner

This Sweet Potato, Kale, and Goat Cheese Salad with Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette

Sweet Potato, Kale, and Goat Cheese Salad with Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette

This Arugula and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Arugula and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad via Linda Wagner

This Kale and Butternut Squash Salad with Cranberries

Kale and Butternut Squash Salad with Cranberries

And this amazing Superfood Salad

 amazing Superfood Salad via Linda Wagner

You can see all of my salad recipes here and browse through all of my winter squash recipes here! Enjoy!!

Detox EBooks by Linda Wagner

 Looking for a fast easy detox plan? I’ve got everything you need to get started! Check out my step by step programs here.

 Interested in one-on-one Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching with Linda? Click here and here for details on how to get started.

 For more healthy living tips and recipes please subscribe to this blog, follow me on twitterLOVE me on facebook, subscribe to my YouTube channel, follow me on Pinterest, OR if you are interested in getting started on your own weight loss journey with a one-on-one consultation, shoot me an email!

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Kale Salad with Chili Lime Roasted Butternut Squash, Quinoa, Avocado, Pomegranate and Garlic Sriracha Vinaigrette
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 head kale, stems removed and leaves torn into small pieces.
  • seeds of 1 pomegranate (Trader Joes & Costco sell them already de-seeded)
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 4 cups peeled & diced butternut squash - about 1 large squash (Trader Joes & Costco sell them already peeled and diced)
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • chili lime seasoning - I actually found mine at Home Goods but they also carry it on Amazon. A must try, it's amazing!!
  • Garlic Expressions salad dressing
  • Sriracha
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. First prepare your butternut squash. If you are using a whole squash, peel your squash, remove inner seeds with a spoon, and cut it into cubes. Toss with a drizzle of olive oil, a little sea salt and 1 Tbs chili lime seasoning (I always use a ziplock bag for this step). Place on a large baking sheet covered with aluminum foil and bake, tossing occasionally, until edges begin to brown, about 30-40 mins. I sometimes broil them for a few minutes right at the end to get them nice and crispy but that is purely optional!
  3. While your squash is cooking, cook your quinoa. In a large saucepan over medium high heat add 2 cups of quinoa to 4 cups of water. Cover and let cook until all the water is absorbed, about 20 mins.
  4. While your quinoa is cooking, prepare your carmelized onions. In a medium sized saute pan over medium high heat, add a drizzle of olive oil and let it begin to simmer. Then add diced onions and a dash of salt and pepper. Stir to coat and let cook down, stirring occasionally until golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Once your quinoa is done cooking, toss it in a large bowl with kale pieces, caramelized onions, and a generous drizzle of Garlic Expressions and Sriracha to taste. Taste and adjust dressings according to taste.
  6. Top with cooked butternut squash, avocado slices, and fresh pomegranate seeds.