Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Quinoa Salad

Have you ever heard of Quinoa? (pronounced Keen Wah).

Quinoa is a grain, actually its a grain seed. It is a carbohydrate but also a very good source of protein and it is gluten free. It is very healthy!
It comes in red and yellow, they taste similar just different colors. It looks like this uncooked.

It cooks up like rice, it takes about 15 minutes or so. Super quick!
Here is what it looks cooked.

It really puffs up, cool hey!
OK so I made a salad with this lovely Quinoa, here is what you need,

1 cup of Quinoa, cooked and cooled
1 cup English cucumber, diced
1/3 cup chopped fresh dill
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
2-3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp olive oil
course salt/fresh ground pepper to taste

Cook the Quinoa according to directions. Place in a large bowl and stash in the fridge to cool a bit.
While the Quinoa is cooling cut up the cucumber and dill, crumble the feta.
Toss all the ingredients into the Quinoa and chill for 30 minutes.
Adjust salt/pepper and lemon juice according to your tastes.

Here is what you get,

I suggest you make this salad and eat it for lunch. That way when you go home and have a Brownie and a Diet Coke for dinner you aren't racked with guilt. I mean after all you did have a super healthy Quinoa salad for lunch, and life is all about balance, right!

It is super healthy and it tastes GREAT! 
Hooray for Quinoa!


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