Saturday, December 4, 2010

KEEN what? Quinoa!

Super Grain

This quinoa salad has been the meal of the summer for us.  Bonus, it is the only grain that provides a complete source of protein.  Our quest to maintain a mostly vegetarian diet means that finding protein without a face is rather a difficult challenge.  So, yeah!

It's a rather mild tasting grain with cute little tendrils that emerge after cooking. Oh, this makes a rather big serving but it tastes even better the next day.

Zest of one lime
Juice of one lime
4 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sugar
1 cup quinoa
1 can  black beans, drained
lots of sweet cherry or heirloom tomatoes (bite size pieces
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
4 green onions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

1.  Mix first for ingredients for dressing together and set aside
2. Wash quinoa in a sieve well.
3.  Boil quinoa in boiling water for 10 min
4. Drain in sieve; return sieve over more boiling water and cover with tea towel and lid; cook additional 10 min
5.  Let quinoa sit for 10 min; fluff it up.
6.  Toss with dressing; add rest of the ingredients; salt and pepper to taste.

Verdict:  holy cow!  delicious, filling, proteiny, yummers!

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