I love junk food, but I also enjoy being somewhat of a crunchy hippie when I’m puttering in the kitchen. It’s a fair toss-up as to what I’m in the mood for at any given time. In this case, it was very crunchy, but in pretty great ways! I was looking for something relatively simple to throw together for lunch for folks, and this came out rather well – though, apparently the photo is a little fuzzy. Sorry about that. Anyway, it combines many things I enjoy, so here we go:
brussels sprouts, trimmed and roasted or sauteed until just a bit browned and cooked through
toasted walnuts, rough chopped
diced gala apples
balsamic vinegar, a couple good splashes
olive oil, a good drizzle or three
salt & pepper, to taste
Uh, mix all that stuff together. You can also add some thinly sliced or red onion or shallot, if you want a little more punchy flavor (I love onions, but I try to do relatively low FODMAP these days for one of my housemates.)
Or swap out the balsamic vinegar for lemon juice, if you want a brighter acid (or less sweet notes).
Hate cranberries? Raisins are nice, or you can omit the dried fruit entirely.
Basically, mix up some nice produce with some lovely, protein-filled quinoa and have yourself a bowl. Enjoy!