Quinoa is known to be a great vegetarian source of protein. It is a good 'energy booster' since it strengthens our digestive system and kidneys.
Quinoa is abundant with calcium, vitamins B and E, and iron. For those of us who want to enrich their blood (anemia or blood deficiency symptoms such as brittle nails, hair loss, thin skin, lack of energy, pale skin and such), and for those who with to nourish their skin with vitality, quinoa is a good way to do it with.
In my kitchen, I like to cook red quinoa rather than white, because there is a more nutty flavor to it, which makes things more interesting for my pallet.
- 1 cup of red quinoa
- 2 Tbsp of olive oil
- 2-3 Tbsp of tahini made from whole sesame
Any type of vegetable that you like!
Here I used :
- Baby greens,
- Mung bean sprouts
- Alfalfa sprouts
- Red bell peppers.
1. Cook the quinoa just as you would cook rice - for each cup of quinoa
add 1.5- 2 cups of water. Add a pinch of salt (you may add other
spices according to your personal preference).
2. Cut the vegetables.
3. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1-2 tbsp of tahini (mix them all together).
4. Add the prepared quinoa to the salad and mix together.
The dish can be served hot or cold.
Cooking time for quinoa takes only 20-35 minutes (depends if it's white or red), I would advise to prepare it in the morning while getting ready for work, that way you can take it with you in a container.
** It is possible to cook it in a rice cooker or a regular pot.