Cooking with Aubrey

Recovery Quinoa Salad

My son has a voracious appetite for books, so we are frequently at the library. Our arrangement is after he visits the kid’s area we visit the “Mommy section”. I usually only have time to peruse the New Books. I eagerly snatched up Shalane Flanagan’s new cookbook, Run Fast. Eat Slow. Her cookbook is packed with images of tasty looking recipes. There is a heavy focus on vegetables and whole foods. I like that in the upper corner recipes are labeled to suit those following specific diets, i.e; vegan, dairy-free, gluten free. Personally, I like cookbooks that feature a little vignette before each recipe. For example, this recipe has a Mexican flair due to a poll taken on social media.

So in the spirit of the upcoming Boston Marathon and the 2017 racing season, I present you with this quinoa salad, Quinoa is the only plant food containing all nine essential amino acids. They play a big part in muscle recovery. Happy running and racing!

Recovery Quinoa Salad


  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • Sea salt
  • 3 cups loosely packed kale, finely chopped with stems removed
  • 1 red pepper, finely chopped
  • ½ small red onion, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • ½ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup feta cheese and/or chopped black olives


  1. To the prepared, cooked quinoa add, the kale, red pepper, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, black beans, lime juice, olive oil, sea salt. Toss to combine. Chill until ready to serve.
  2. Just before serving, top with avocado, pumpkin seeds and cheese/olives.  

Source: Run Fast. Eat Slow.; Shalane Flanagan

Aubrey Schultz

Aubrey Schulz is a certified nutrition and triathlon coach with Get Out N Play. She works with clients to help them reach their nutritional and athletic goals, in the kitchen, out on the road and in the water! Plus she's knowledgeable about how essential oils can boost your wellness and fitness. You can reach her at

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