How to Prepare a Quinoa Salad

How to Prepare a Quinoa Salad

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How to Prepare a Quinoa Salad
Quinoa can easily be included in a salad mealand can add a new dimension to the nutritional count to your meal. Before you make the salad you need to take 1 cup of quinoa and boil it with 2 cups of water. When it comes to the boil simmer it for 10 - 15 minutes. For a crunchier texture choose the shorter time. If you prefer a soft fluffy look and feel the cook it for up to 15 minutes. Then leave to cool for 1/2 an hour. While it is cooling you can prepare the other ingredients. Salad Example Dish 1A simple example for a quinoa salad would be yellow sweet pepper, celery and tomato. The 3 salad vegetables here give a great mix of colours so the salad tastes good and looks good on the eye as well. If you have some left over it can be stored in a refrigerator in an airtight container. You can easily have it as a packed lunch the following day
When you have prepared all the ingredients simply combine the meal together with the cooled quinoa and you have a simple salad. You can serve it on a bed of spinach or salad leaves. You can add french dressing, mayonnaise or balsamic vinegar to taste. You are only really limited by your imagination for this type of salad. You simply add what you like and have to hand. Salad Example Dish 2Another set of ingredients for a completely different quinoa salad would be chick peas, kidney beans, fresh green peas and sliced french beans. Mix with an olive oil dressing. Again there is a mix of colours and textures here that make the salad very appetizing. I hope I have shown how easy these salads are to prepare and enjoy. The only limits for you are your imagination and what you have to hand to include in the salad. Find out how simply it is to cook quinoa. There are more and more quinoa salad recipes coming out now. You can find out how to cook quinoa. Learn the superb health benefits of eating quinoa and include quinoa as part of your diet:Quinoa Health Tips. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Ken_H_Jones/205575
Vegan Quinoa Salad Recipes I always enjoy whipping upa nice vegan quinoa saladalmost everyday because I don't have to worry about counting calories and fat content. Quinoa is packed with protein and among other grains, it's the only one that can offer all 9 essential amino acids including lysine.
One of my favorites for supper is the quinoa salad recipe. Here are the ingredients:1 cup quinoa 1 ½ cup cold water ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup snow peas or green beans 1 - 2 small carrots, peeled and thinly sliced 1/2 green or red pepper, seeded and thinly sliced 1 medium ripe tomato 1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or toasted cashews ¼ cup minced jalapeño pepper or cranberries (optional)For the dressing you will need:
2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice ¼ cup olive oil ½ teaspoon salt Dash of finely ground black pepper Pinch of garlic powder or dried gingerThis vegan quinoa recipe is so easy to make, all you have to do is soak the quinoa for 15 minutes in cold water. Strain the water and put in quinoa in a pot with water, salt and oil. Bring the mixture to a boil and then turn down the heat to low, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow it to sit for 5 minutes while covered with a lid. Steam the carrots and green vegetables for about 5 minutes and then rinse in cold running water. Chop the tomato, herb and cucumber and set the mixture aside. In a separate bowl, blend the dressing ingredients together and gently combine the vegetables, nuts and quinoa. Cover the bowl with a cling wrap and chill. This veganquinoa recipemakes a very good side dish. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Patricia_Wentworth/452901
Quinoa Diet: The Secret Food of the Incas
Incashad a big secret, a secret that they didn't share with anybody. It was about their sacred and secret food - quinoa. A unique crop that helped them keep going for days, even when they didn't have anything else to eat. It gave them energy and it filled their stomach and they were healthy. The 21st century's quinoa diet is based on thisvery simple and powerful seed: quinoa.Many people think that quinoa is a grain but it is actually not, it is a seed related to spinach and beet. Quinoa is full of fibers and many vitamins that are good for your body. One of its main pros that it is gluten-free so you can still eat it when you have gluten allergy or if you suffer from diabetes. It only contains good cholesterol and vegetable protein. Quinoa will also keep away hunger because it contains slow-release carbs so you won't feel hungry unlike low carb diets. Quinoa - pronounced keen-wah - grows in the Andes above 3000m sea level when you buy quinoa in the shop or online they usually come from Peru, Bolivia or Ecuador. Quinoa is a
super healthy food and when you are on quinoa diet you cook with quinoa instead of rice. You can make really versatile food from it - from soups to desserts. You won't get bored that is for sure. There are so many diets out there but most of the time you get bored eating only carrots or lettuce leaves but who said that a diet has to be boring and tasteless? There are so manygreat quinoa recipesout there but now I would like to share my favorite quinoa recipes with you. Curried Quinoa Lentil SoupIngredients: 1/2 big onion 1 tbsp. butter 1 tbsp. olive oil 2 cloves garlic 1 medium potato half a red pepper 1/2 cup lentils 1/2 cup quinoa 2 cups vegetable broth 1/2 tsp. italian seasoning 1/2 tsp. cumin 1-2 tsp. curry powder Cut up the onion and saute it in butter and olive oil (mixing olive oil with butter keeps the sweet buttery goodness but is slightly better for you).Add garlic to it and cook it for a while, until the onions are a bit soft then add the diced potato and stir it.Then add the red pepper and cook it for a couple of minutes. Add the broth and the lentils and quinoa. At this point just let it simmer on lower heat for about half an hour. Then add the spices and simmer it for a couple of minutes. This recipe is good for the cold fall or winter days, it is warm and tasty. Serves 2 or more. If you want to go for something lighter I would suggest making a really easy quinoa salad. Easy Quinoa Salad
Ingredients:1 cup quinoa, uncooked 1/3 cup dried cranberries 1/4 cup diced red onion 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 1/3 cup sliced almonds Orange Vinaigrette: Zest of 1 orange 1/4 fresh orange juice (about 1/2 orange) 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil salt and pepper Bring 2 cups of water to a bowl and add quinoa. Cover it and reduce to a simmer for 12 minutes. Turn off heat and leave quinoa covered to cool for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, you can make the orange vinaigrette. (It is really easy.) Combine ingredients and whisk it well; season to taste. When quinoa is ready combine it with cranberries, red onion, almonds, and parsley and toss with vinaigrette. Serves 2 or more. These are just two examples of the great quinoa recipes that you can make when you are on a quinoa diet. The good thing about quinoa is that you don't have to spend a day in the kitchen to prepare these delicious dishes. Enjoy Quinoa! Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Noemi_Beres/170273
5 Delicious Quinoa Salad Dressing Recipes One of the most familiar ways to eat Quinoa is in a salad. Most people find that they can make a batch of any Quinoa Salad and it will last in the fridge for two days. So when you go grazing in the kitchen, it is a great food item to have ready to eat. Since I made my first Quinoa salad in 2007 things have come on a long way. My how things have changed! Instead of getting strange looks from people I am having round for dinner, I now get a critique on how good myQuinoa salad dishis. I admit that I am exaggerating here. But most people have eaten Quinoa now and know what it is. The next step is to persuade people to actually cook with Quinoa and try out some recipes of their own. The good thing is that Quinoa is very versatile in the kitchen and there is very little that can go wrong. First Prepare Your QuinoaBefore you can make up your delicious salad you need to pre boil your Quinoa. You need to boil one cup of Quinoa up with 2 cups of water. But do not heart search about this too much. As long as it doesn't boil dry your Quinoa will absorb all the liquid over ten to twelve minutes. I prefer not to cook my Quinoa for longer than this as I like it to have a crunchy feel to my salad. If you cook Quinoa for too long then it can go a bit soft and mushy. Once your Quinoa is cooked and ready, put it to one side to cool down for an hour. Prepare Your Salad Ingredients
You can put almost anything into a Quinoa salad but do not overdo it. Some people over complicate things and end up with too many tastes. I tend to limit myself to three or four ingredients in addition to the Quinoa itself. My favourites include peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, peas, sweetcorn, spring onion, kidney beans, lentils, haricot beans and chick peas. I also like to mix red and white Quinoa together as the salad base just because it makes it look so colourful and appetising. Chop up your chosen ingredients and mix them in with the Quinoa you have cooled. Once you have mixed everything together you can mix your Quinoa salad dressing and pour that over your dish. 5 Delicious Quinoa Salad Dressing RecipesThis is where the clever bit comes in. It is best to match the dressing ingredients with the Quinoa salad mix you have prepared. Having said that I find that Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar goes with almost everything. All you do is add a few tablespoon of each ingredient to your salad and toss everything together. Make sure that all the salad is covered by the salad dressing. The secondsimple Quinoa saladdressing is freshly squeezed lemon juice and chopped basil leaves. I always have fresh basil growing in my kitchen as it is very versatile. I suggest you do the same. Squeeze two lemons and add up to fifteen chopped basil leaves to it. Then add to the salad as before. The third Quinoa salad dressing is freshly squeezed lemons with grated ginger. This is very sharp and tangy and will liven up any salad mix you have prepared. The fourth Quinoa salad dressing is slightly different. This is a sweet dressing with pouring honey and freshly squeezed orange juice. The amounts depend on your taste buds. You can use these to sweeten up peppers that are not as sweet as they should be. You can also use it with fresh fruits for a dessert Quinoa salad. Most of the berry family will work with this dressing as well as grapes and chopped apples or pears. I tend to just mix up whatever I feel like at the time, but then I am a bit 'gung ho' like that. You need confidence to do that. The final Quinoa Salad Dressing Recipe is slightly heavier and needs to be used with a bit more care. You need to roast some cumin seeds for two or three minutes and then add some chilli powder and freshly chopped garlic cloves. Some people just add curry powder instead but I like to use the fresh herbs and spices. This dressing is ideal for legumes and vegetables. It makes a great contrast to the lighter ingredients you might be having on your plate. The Five Salad Dressings Summarised
Extra Virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar Basil leaves and lemon Lemon and Ginger Honey and Orange Juice Chilli Powder, Cumin seeds and Garlic Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Ken_H_Jones/205575