Recipe ★ Quinoa Salad with Pineapple and Coriander

July 12, 2013 by flyingdrunkenmonkey

Quinoa Salad with Pineapple and Coriander - The Flying Drunken Monkey

Recently I was approached by Australian Pineapples and asked if I would like to participate in a free “Day on a Plate” nutrition session with their ambassador Dr Joanna McMillan. You may have seen the “Day on a Plate” sections in the Sun Herald; a celebrity tracks their food for a day and Dr Joanna then comments on things they can improve on.

Having just had Chloe, having had gestational diabetes and currently breastfeeding I thought it would be a great idea to get a brush up on what I should be eating. I had a fair idea of what my ideal diet should be from the GD diet but that is a very hard diet and one that I could not keep up. However, I have been trying my best (although I will admit to eating way too much chocolate!).

The Flying Drunken Monkey’s “Day on a Plate”

2 pieces of toast with “light” peanut butter
1 glass cordial – “Fruit Cup” 1/2 Strength

1 bowl of leftover chorizo risotto with tomatoes, mushrooms, baby spinach & a bit of avocado
1 glass cordial – “Fruit Cup” 1/2 Strength

1 bowl of white & wholemeal pasta with grilled chicken, carrots & peas and a tarragon-mustard greek yoghurt sauce
1 glass cordial – “Fruit Cup” 1/2 Strength

1 cup of Madagascan Vanila tea – black with 1 arrowroot biscuit.

1 small bowl of tinned fruit salad in refined fruit juice

Dr Joanna had some great tips during my Skype session with her;

♥ Keep an eye out for Low GI products and try to eat as much low GI as possible.
♥ Drink more water!
♥ Cordial is fine (I drink a natural sugar one at only 1/2 strength, instead of having soft drink) but I’d be better off replacing one or two glasses with water.
♥ I should be having more for breakfast, including more protein. Dr Joanna suggested things like eggs on toast or porridge.
♥ Pasta is fine for dinner but make sure to have a big salad as well, with a smaller serve of pasta.
♥ Watch the snacks in the evening; what I ate that day wasn’t too bad but it could get out of hand.
♥ Make sure I am getting enough nutrients as I am breastfeeding; calcium, iron, vitamin B.
♥ Follow the plate model – 50% plants, 20% protein, 20% carbs, 10% good fats.

To be honest, it was mostly things I already knew. But it’s great to have it spelled out to you, in plain, no-nonsense language.

I do sometimes have eggs on toast or porridge for breakfast but most of the time I just grab some toast. I need to work out a way to make eggs or porridge quicker (I don’t like to use the quick oats) and easier to do when I’m holding Chloe or trying to get Lily to do something. But at least I do eat breakfast 90% of the time now!

I always forget to make salad to go with pasta and it’s something I need to get my head around. I also do try to follow the plate model as much as possible (although always forget about the 10% good fats).

I keep forgetting about the nutrients side of thing and need to make more of an effort. It would probably help me be less tired too!

So, some great tips and motivation to take more care of my diet, especially as I need to look after myself now, as well as Chloe and Lily.

Australian Pineapples also sent through some recipes for me to try, based on the tips from Dr Joanna. We had this Quinoa Salad with Pineapple and Coriander with some leftover Chicken Schnitzels a few nights ago and it was great, so I thought I’d share it with you.

Mr Monkey made it as I had fallen asleep on the couch and he said it was simple and easy to chuck together. It would be great to make up as a salad for a BBQ as it was light and fresh. Mr Monkey actually halved the recipe and it was more than enough for the three of us for dinner, plus leftovers.

I had the leftovers with lunch the next day and I have to say, it was even yummier! The flavours had begun to merge together and were stronger. The texture was also great after being chilled in the fridge.

Quinoa Salad with Pineapple and Coriander

Disclaimer:This is not a sponsored post. I was offered a free Skype session with Dr Joanna McMillan and was sent the recipe from Australian Pineapples. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Lollerskater says:

    Hey Cass, I was just wondering why you don’t like using the Quick oats? Did you know that they’re the same as regular oats, but chopped up into smaller pieces? There’s nothing added to make them cook quicker, it’s just a larger surface area, which is why they do cook quicker :) We use chopped/quick oats and just cook them in the microwave; I can usually have porridge for the 2 or 3 of us made in about 4 minutes :)

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