Tuesday, January 18, 2011

quinoa salad

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If you haven't tried quinoa, NOW IS THE TIME! Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a seed that was considered a sacred food and a staple in the diets of the Incas. These days it is referred to as a supergrain because it loaded with twice the protein of regular cereal grains, lots of fiber, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, fewer carbohydrates, and even a dose of healthy fats. One cup of quinoa has 24 grams of complete protein, which provides 48% of the daily recommended value- AMAZING!



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Quinoa comes comes in a variety of colors- white, red, black and for the most part it all has a mild flavor that will complement just about anything. While there are all kinds of recipes and ways to cook with it, I like incorporating it into a salad because the different ingredients and variations are endless!



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I started by adding 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of boiling water and boiled for about 15 minutes.



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Next, I prepped all my ingredients.

I picked some of my favorite vegetables but you could add quinoa to just about anything!
spinach, red pepper, green olives,
feta cheese, sweet potato, red onion,
quinoa, parsley, baby portabella mushrooms


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I diced up the red onion,


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the red pepper,


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and sautéed them in a little bit of olive oil, garlic and then added the mushrooms.


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I washed and cut up the spinach.


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Chopped up green olives.


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I added the cooked quinoa


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to the spinach, olives, the sautéed vegis.


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I added a baked sweet potato chopped into squares


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and sprinkled a handful of chopped parsley


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and feta cheese.


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I mixed everything together

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and filled up a bowl for myself :)


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Serve as a side dish or even as a main dish- makes for a great lunch!


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I've even started using it as a filling for wraps.
Use a whole grain tortilla and fill with quinoa salad.


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Roll up.


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Cut in half and quickly consume!

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