Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Balsamic Black Bean Salad

Here's another salad to add to your meal prep lineup. This recipe makes 3 packable mason jar salads.
It really is great to be able to make three of these at one time and have one Monday/Wednesday/Friday for lunch. They hold up well over the course of the week and make planning and prepping your healthy lunches that much easier!

I hope you enjoy!



Ingredients:
1 14 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 block extra-firm tofu
1 small butternut squash
1 container feta cheese
1 container mixed greens

Dressing Ingredients:
9 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
6 T. balsamic vinegar (you can also sub red wine vinegar)
salt
pepper

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Prepare a baking sheet with a sil-pat or line with parchment paper.
Cube tofu and dry it as completely as possible.
Peel, seed and cut squash into a medium-large dice.
Place tofu and squash on the baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle a little olive oil on the squash and sprinkle both the tofu and squash with salt and pepper. Toss, but keep tofu and squash on separate sides of the baking sheet.
Roast tofu and squash for about 30-40 minutes, turning every 10 minutes. It's done when the squash is tender and the tofu is golden on the outside.
While those roast, drain the black beans and make the dressing.
Whisk dressing ingredients in a small bowl (these amounts add up to 3 orange 21 Day Fix containers).
Place 1/3 of the dressing into the bottom of each of your 3 mason jars.
Layer 1/3 of the black beans into each jar.
Once the tofu and squash are cooked and cooled, layer 1/3 of the tofu on top of the beans in each jar.
Then add 1/3 of the squash on top of the tofu in each jar.
Next comes about 1 to 1.5 cups of mixed greens. Layer that on top of the squash in each jar.
Finally, add a blue container worth of feta cheese on top of the greens (1/3 C).

Another alternative is to layer everything as instructed above, but leave out the greens if you have a smaller sized jar. Then, when you want to take your salad for lunch, pack a separate container with the greens and dump your layered toppings over them when it's time to eat. The goal is to pack it all up without the more delicate components getting soggy!

21 Day Fix equivalents: 1 green container (could be 1.5 depending on how many greens you add), 1 red container, 1 blue container, 1 yellow container, and 1 orange container.

Let me know what you think!
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