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Quinoa Tabouleh

2 Aug

I came across this recipe while doing some research for a friend and sent it on to a few others that I thought would enjoy it. One of those fabulous ladies made it for a group of us and it was a huge hit. It’s not your typical tabouleh; but, to me, flavor is more important than tradition and accuracy in this case. It has feta – how can you argue with a healthy, whole grain dish that incorporates such salty, lovely goodness?

Additionally, this is somewhat of a quinoa redemption dish for me. My first try at making quinoa yielded less than wonderful results. I suspect that I didn’t cook the quinoa enough my first go ‘round and instead of a light, fluffy side dish that pops a little when you bite into it, I took a bite and…well, it was crunchy. Like I said, less than ideal. With this dish, though, it came out exactly as it should have. Just remember: rinse the quinoa first and use a 2:1 ratio of liquid to grain. Once you’ve added the quinoa to the boiling liquid, let the entire thing come back up to a boil before you put the lid on and let it simmer for at least 15 minutes (or until the liquid has evaporated).

Serves 4 (with leftovers)

Ingredients

1 c quinoa
2 c water or vegetable broth
½ ts salt
½ red onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 c cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cucumber, cut to bite-sized pieces
1 bunch parsley, finely chopped
8 oz feta, crumbled
juice 1 lemon
black pepper to taste

Directions
1. Rinse the quinoa and cook according to the instructions on the package. When finished, transfer the quinoa to a bowl and put in the fridge to cool for 30-45 minutes.
2. Cover the diced onion with a pinch of salt and water. Leave the onion to soak while the rest of the ingredients are prepped.
3. In a bowl, combine the garlic, tomatoes, cucumber, parsley and feta. Drain the onions and add to the mixture.
4. Combine all the ingredients. Add the lemon juice and black pepper to taste.

Optional – you can add a little sesame oil to the salad for a nutty flavor.

Black Bean and Mango Salad

20 Jun

We made this salad up for Father’s Day and it was most definitely a hit! It can be done pretty quickly and makes a great summer dish. Add corn to it for a little more bulk, if you like.

Serves 4.

Ingredients

1 can black beans, rinsed & drained
1 mango, peeled & cubed
1 red pepper, cubed
2 green onions, sliced
1/4 c fresh lime juice
2 tb vegetable oil
1 tb soy sauce
1/2 ts red pepper flakes – optional, but add a nice kick
2 tb cilantro, chopped

Directions

1. In a medium bowl, combine beans, mango red pepper and green onions.
2. Whisk together lime juice, oil and red pepper flakes. Pour over the bean mixture and toss.
3. Add in cilantro and toss again.

And, really? That’s it. Crazy simple, but incredibly delicious and healthy!

Dressed Up Asparagus

17 Dec

It’s hard to mess up asparagus. Roast it, saute it, stir-fry it, it’s going to be delicious. I was making dinner for friends the other night and figured that since the main included some citrus-y flavours, it’d be a good idea to mirror those flavours with the side dish. The asparagus turned out crunchy and earthy with a nice bite and the green-orange colour contrast looked great!

Serves 4.

Ingredients
-1 bunch asparagus, cut into thirds
-2 tb extra virgin olive oil
-1/4 c sesame seeds
-zest and juice of half an orange
-salt & pepper

Directions

1. Heat oil in pan to medium.
2.  Toss the asparagus into the pan and season with salt and pepper. Saute til bright green, 3-4 minutes.
3. Add orange zest and juice to the pan. Toss.
4. Sprinkle sesame seeds and toss the asparagus until coated.
5. Serve!

Pineapple Rice

17 Aug

Muy delicioso. A nice change to plain rice and is especially good with the Beef & Veggie bowl!

Serves 2.

Ingredients

2c vegetable broth
1 c rice
1 c pineapple, chopped
1 tb ginger, grated
1/4 c cilantro

Directions

1. Cook rice in vegetable broth and ginger.
2. When cooked, add pineapple chunks and cilantro.
3. Stirred til all ingredients are incorporated.
4. Serve!

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