Yum. The delicious goodness of quinoa. This grain-like food is energy building and contains high amounts of calcium, protein, fiber, and vitamins. It is also quick and easy to prepare, delicious, and an immune-boosting whole food. So, what do you do with it? Personally, I love to eat it cooked, just with a little earth balance (vegan non-hydrogenated margarine) and sea salt for total comfort food. Otherwise, if you want to jazz it up a bit, there are yummy recipes like "Moroccan Quinoa" from my book, or this one--inspired by an idea from Mike Lieberman, green living expert from the Examiner. I hope you enjoy this concoction, and please feel free as a bird to experiment! I've only made this once (unlike the recipes in my book that have been perfected to death), but I really enjoyed it. In fact, I woke up this morning craving it! But unlike unhealthy cravings, this was my body saying "Gimme some more of the good stuff! I want to thrive!"
Hope you enjoy, and keep the great ideas coming! I always welcome your feedback and suggestions.
Quinoa Treasures Bowl
1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed and drained
2 cups water, preferably filtered
The segments and minced zest of 1 organic orange
2 tablespoons each: raisins and sliced kalamata olives
3-4 tablespoons thinly sliced and chopped red onion
1 teaspoon each: fresh lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon sea salt
a few random pistachios, shelled
1. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a covered pot. Reduce heat to low and simmer (partially covered) until all of the water has been absorbed—this will usually take about 20-30 minutes.
2. Toss the quinoa with all of the treasures and stir well to combine.
3. If desired, top with some pistachios. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to two days.
SF (soy-free)/GF (gluten-free)
This recipe is coded “Green” according to the guidelines in Radiant Health, Inner Wealth.