Meet my new food Compadre: Quinoa.
Although a seed, quinoa is commonly mistaken as a grain because of its light and fluffy consistency when cooked. Being very high in protein, quinoa is an essential part of any healthy vegetarian's or vegan's diet (I am neither of these)... and more importantly is a complete protein, which means it includes all nine essential amino acids. Here are some other things its good for : Manganese and Copper (antioxidants), Magnesium (blood pressure), Fiber (digestion, linked to cancer prevention), and Riboflavin (AKA Vitamin B- AKA Energy!)... SOLD!
Right now I am doing the Wild Rose Cleanse and quinoa is up there on the list of recommended foods... so I am all over it.
Last night I made a really yummy Black Bean Salmon and Quinoa Salad and this morning I whipped up Quinoa with Berries and a splash of coconut milk. Both meals were totally filling, really healthy, and most importantly for me: SO easy to make.
Black Bean, Smoked Salmon and Quinoa Salad
Prepare Quinoa by boiling 1 1/4 Cups of water and adding 1 cup of quinoa- turn the heat down and cover for 12 minutes. Fluff up with a fork when done.
1 Red Pepper
1 Yellow Pepper
1 Cucumber (skin on)
4 stalks of green onions
Chopped Cilantro to taste
1 can of Organic Black Beans (rinsed)
Cut up pieces of smoked Salmon
Quinoa and Berries
Prepare quinoa the same as above- once cooked add fresh or frozen berries and some coconut milk. Yum!!!