I discovered these little seeds in my favorite organic food store about seven years ago and ever since then, I’ve been in love with quinoa! Thank you globalization, thank you infrastructure and thank you South America! Quinoa is high in protein, contains all of the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein, and eating it helps speed up post-workout recovery and build muscle. It’s an amazing option for people who work out a lot and who don’t eat much meat… People like me! I eat this powerfood about two or three times a week in the form of pancakes, salads, nice hot meals and even as a sweet snack!
Quinoa comes in three different colours: red, black and white. Mixing all three together makes a dish look great. It’s been shown that people eat more when their food is more colourful (read: varied) because it looks more appealing. (Damn you, multi-colored M&Ms!) My advice: mix all of the quinoa colours together and eat your heart out! You can eat as much as you want, guilt free, since it’s completely healthy.
best eaten right away
- 180 grams quinoa
- 1 vegetable bouillon cube or 1 tbsp veggiepowdermix, optional
- 1 cucumber
- 200 grams cherry tomatoes
- 1 avocado
- 4 tablespoons olives, unpitted
- 1 small red onion
- 150 grams feta
- 1 clove garlic
- 3 tablespoons cilantro (or parsley), finely chopped
- Seasalt and black pepper, to taste
- 1 large handful arugula/rocket
2 el mayonnaise
2 el olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon maple syrup
2 tsp mustard
Rinse the quinoa well in a fine sieve and bring four cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the bouillon cube or veggiepowdermix and the quinoa to the boiling water. Reduce the heat to low and stir after six minutes have elapsed. Cook for an additional six minutes and then remove from the heat and allow to cool. Chop the ingredients into small pieces, press the garlic using a garlic press and combine with the other ingredients, including the cooled quinoa. Season your salad to taste with salt and black pepper and the dressing and enjoy!
P.S: also good with some spiralized zucchini ;)
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