First of all, why Quinoa?!
Quinoa is AMAZING! It’s pronounced”Keen-wah” (I use to sound it out as “Kee-no-ah” Habit of a spanish tongue.) Believe it or not, not too long ago I discovered this amazing protein-rich superfood. It was probably the year 2015 when really I started to become familiar with it and cook it. This was the year after I had my baby and when I restarted my health and fitness journey. I started cooking it around my house. I also tried getting my parents into it. My mom loved it. However my father made a funny face when he saw it and called it “comida de pajaro”. Ha! Anyway, I highly recommend Quinoa as part of a healthy diet. Quinoa contains omega-3 fatty acids which are very beneficial for the corazon (heart). It also has a higher amount of monounsaturated fat than other cereal grasses. Monounsaturated fat can reduce bad cholesterol and in result lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Quinoa also contains all nine essential amino acids (which most grains do not). This means quinoa is beneficial for muscle building as it builds and repairs tissue. WOW, right?
Quinoa Tabbouleh – My fav recipe!!
This is my personal favorite Quinoa recipe. I made it one day for work for our “healthy” pot-luck. After that, my coworkers and I were hooked. It is taken from a traditional middle eastern recipe. I just changed it a little by omitting the mint and adding more lime and garlic to the recipe. It’s perfect as a salad, a side, or even does the trick as a snack.
Ingredients for a large bowl:
✨2 cups of Quinoa , rinsed.
✨2 tsp kosher salt
✨2 1/2 cups water
✨ 2 1/2 cucumbers sliced into tiny squares
✨1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes diced in halves or in fourths
✨2-3 handful of green onions, or scallions , thinly sliced
✨fresh flat leaf parsley, handful thinly sliced
✨4-6 limes to liking (ya know this latina adds extra limon).
✨3-4 garlic cloves to liking
✨1/2 cup olive oil
✨lots of pepper to liking
✨drizzles of more kosher salt
🔸Cook the 2 cups of quinoa in about 4 cups of water in med to high heat. Add one tsp of salt and pepper to liking. quinoa cooks pretty fast so it should be ready in like 10-15 min.
🔸While that cooks, make the dressing for the salad. Pour your lime juice and fresh diced garlic together in a bowl and whisk for a while. Then add your olive oil and whisk again. Add pepper and salt to your liking. Whisk again and let it sit for a while.
🔸Dice up the rest of the ingredients (This takes the longest time for me. The trick is to cut in small bite size pieces).
🔸When quinoa is done cooking, I like to place it in a bowl by the window so it can get cold.
🔸Mix all ingredients in the bowl. Then add your dressing. Mix again.
🔸Eat already if you can’t wait. Or refrigerate and eat later for a fresher taste!!!