Quinoa is a wonderful nutrient-dense food. It is a complete protein - a protein that contains all of the nine essential amino acids. Generally, complete protein is only found in animal foods such as meat and eggs. It is also an excellent source of dietary fibre and many essential nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, the B vitamins and vitamin E.
The tiny seeds cook just like rice. Add 2 cups of water for every cup of quinoa and bring it to a boil then cover and let it simmer for about 12 to 15 minutes. It also cooks very well in a rice cooker.
It has a mild and nutty taste and is a very versatile food. It can be used in place of rice in any of your favorite recipes. It makes a great main dish, side dish, salad, soup, breakfast cereal, or pudding. It is also gluten-free, which makes it a great food for someone with celiac disease.
Apple Quinoa Salad
I served this yummy apple quinoa salad to my guests at my Book Launch Celebration this past week. It was enjoyed by all and I promised that I would post the recipe. Here it is!
Apple Quinoa Salad
2 cups cooked quinoa - chilled (you can cook quinoa in vegetable broth for added flavour)
1 - 14 oz can of black beans drained and rinsed
1 apple diced
1 bell pepper diced (I used half red and half yellow - makes for a colourful salad)
2 spring onions thinly sliced
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro or parsley
Mix all these ingredients into a large bowl.
In a small bowl combine the following ingredients:
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
Whisk until smooth then pour on top of salad.
Toss to combine and add sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
Chill for at least one hour then serve.
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