I mentioned yesterday that I put myself into a food coma last week. So on Sunday, I treated my body to some healthy food by making this quinoa salad...
This was my first time making quinoa and I have been missing out! Quinoa is full of protein, iron and calcium, so it is incredible for your body. Whole Foods has a great site all about it. I cooked it with chicken broth and it was very flavorful. I made it even more healthy and flavorful by adding some fresh vegetables and cheese. The colors reminded me of Christmas. Here is what you need and what to do...
1 cup of quinoa
2 cups of chicken broth
Hot house cucumber, diced
Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
Green onions (green and white parts), chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
Rinse the quinoa in a fine sifter until the water runs clear. Add the quinoa and the chicken broth to a pot and bring it up to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes or until all of the liquid is dissolved. Be sure to cook it with the lid on the pot. Add the quinoa to a bowl and let it cool. Once it has cooled, add the vegetables, cheese, nuts, salt and pepper. You will have about 3 cups of quinoa, so add as many vegetables, nuts and cheese as you like.
It is good as is, but a lemon vinaigrette makes it taste even better. Just whisk together one part fresh lemon juice, two parts extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Serve with some grilled chicken or fish and you will be in business!!
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