Wonder Seed…Quinoa!

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Good carbs!  From a seed that also gives you lots of protein.  If you haven’t tried this, DO.  It’s super easy to cook – just like long-grain rice – and can be used anywhere you use that.  FAB.
Vary the veggies and seasoning you put in this salad…add in some diced chicken or even shrimp for a bigger protein hit.
ROASTED TOMATO & BLACK BEAN QUINOA SALAD
ROASTED TOMATO & BLACK BEAN QUINOA SALAD

Good carbs!  From a seed that also gives you lots of protein.  If you haven’t tried this, DO.  It’s super easy to cook – just like long-grain rice – and can be used anywhere you use that.  FAB!

Vary the veggies and seasoning you put in this salad…add in some diced chicken or even shrimp for a bigger protein hit.
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1 cup grape tomatoes
4 large cloves garlic
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Splenda (or sugar)
1 cup raw quinoa
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup black beans
1 carrot, shredded
1 tablespoon diced green chiles
1/2 teaspoon cumin
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/4 teaspoons Penzey’s Chili 9000 mix
Zest and juice from one lime
2 tablespoons sliced green onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut tomatoes in half and place them in a pie plate. Add whole cloves of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. (It will seems like too much oil, but that’s fine. You need it for the dressing and the garlic will infuse it.) Roast for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and mach the garlic into a paste and stir into tomatoes.

In a medium saucepan place rinsed quinoa and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender. (If quinoa is tender and the ‘tail’ is present and there is still liquid, drain it in a fine sieve.) Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl combine the quinoa, tomato-garlic mixture, black beans, carrot, green chiles, cumin, oregano, cilantro, salt, black pepper, chili mix, lime zest and juice, and green onions. Mix well. Transfer to a serving bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Allow to chill for at least two hours. Makes 10 servings.

Per Serving: 136 Cal; 5 g Protein; 5 g Tot Fat; 17 g Carb; 3 g Fiber; 1 g Sugar; 283 mg Sodium

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. safiya says:

    please can you tell me the protein Chicken and chips

  2. Pam says:

    Linda,
    Can you please tell me where I can find Quinoa? I looked at my neighborhood market in the rice/pasta isle and couldn’t find it.
    Do you know if the Super Wal-mart’s carry it?
    I miss rice and this seems like the perfect solution for me.
    I made your Salmon with avocado relish tonight for dinner and boy was it a BIG hit!!
    Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes.
    Pam

    1. Linda says:

      Hey, doll! Thanks for the great review on the salmon. I’m glad you loved it!

      You can find quinoa in most bigger grocery stores – usually in the “health” food sections. Comes in a box like the instant rice – or sometimes they have it in bulk. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen it at Super Walmart. If you have a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, they have it for sure. It’s not very expensive – so that’s nice. AND it’s very filling! I love it that it cooks just like rice and you can use it in recipes calling for rice – most of them, anyway.

  3. meltingmama says:

    Super WalMart has it next to the “organic” stuff, like their whole grains, flours, and whatnot in the baking aisle.

  4. michalene says:

    I just made your quinoa burgers…….they are wonderful. I am hooked on Quinoa!!!!

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