Sunday, January 24, 2010

Apple Quinoa Salad 1/24/10

Quinoa (pronounced keen-whah) is an ancient grain that has been continually in the diet of people living in and around the Andes for over 6,000 years! These super-cute seeds are extremely high in protien (12-18%) and it is considered by many to be a complete proitien (i.e., it has a balanced set of essential amino acids).

This super-easy, super fast, super nutritious salad can be served as an entree or as a side dish. It makes a great lunch!

Apple Quinoa Salad 1/24/10
Serves 4 as a side dish.
Prep time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 10-15 minutes. Total time: 20-25 minutes.

$1.00 per person: Vegetarian, Vegan, & Gluten-free

  • 1 cup quinoa, well rinsed

  • 2 cups water

  • 1/2 small red bell pepper, chopped (I used Trader Joe's roasted red pepper in a jar)

  • 1/3 cup red onion, chopped

  • 1/2 cup carrot, grated

  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (I used raw, organic, & unfiltered)

  • 2-3 tablespoons vegetable broth

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 large organic apple, chopped (I forgot to buy aples, I used 2 small pears)
Combine the quinoa and water in a 2-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Once the water boils, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Set aside to cool.

In a small bowl, combine the red bell pepper, red onion, grated carrot, parsley, cider vinegar, vegetable broth, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and garlic.

Add to the cooled quinoa and stir to mix well. Add the chopped apples.

Recipe from Gluten-Free, Sugar Free Cooking by Susan O'Brien, page 150

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