What is Quinoa?

IMG_2744 (2)The Day 1 Lunch recipe I made from The 22-Day Revolution is Quinoa Salad with Lentils. The ingredients are:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 large carrot
  • spinach
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Dash ground pepper

I didn’t actually know what Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wa”) was before reading the book and doing a little research, though I had eaten it previously. Quinoa is the edible seeds of an ancient grain that originated in the Andean region of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Columbia. It is high in protein—containing more protein per calorie than brown rice, potatoes, barley and millet. It has a low gluten content and is said to be well tolerated by people with celiac disease. The seeds are generally cooked like rice, and used in a wide variety of dishes.

I purchased both White Quinoa, grown in Bolivia, and a Tri-Color Blend, grown in the U.S. and containing white, brown, red and black seeds. I used the Tri-Color Blend in this salad. The recipe is enough for four and was very tasty.

 

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Mixed-Lettuce w/Fruit Summer Salad

01d010773a (3)This is a refreshing salad made with an assortment of soft lettuces, fresh fruits and beans (to add a little protein).

INGREDIENTS:

  • Lettuce Mix
  • Fruits: Tomato, Blueberries & Carambola (Star Fruit)
  • Edamame (can use different type of beans if you prefer)
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (just a touch mixed w/water)

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Refreshing Avocado & Star Fruit Salad

016dc0f4451 (3)On a base of Spring Mix Lettuces, add pieces of avocado, tomato, garlic and onion. Rim with Carambola (Star Fruit). The Spring Mix contains: romaine, oak leaf, chard, mizuna, arugula, radicchio and spinach. You can drizzle a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the top. It really doesn’t need much “dressing” because all the fruit in the salad adds moisture.

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Herb Harvest

IMG_1228 (2)Harvesting a little basil to make a salad from a new plant that I haven’t transplanted yet. It’s best to cut off the large leaves and tips so the plant will get bushy. Basil is probably my favorite herb.

 
 
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