Thursday, January 17, 2013

Quinoa Avocado Salad

Made By: Ryan Noelle     January 17, 2013

Have you tried quinoa yet?  I like saying this Keen- Waaa... :)  This little seed is quite amazing.  It is in the whole grain family but is not a grain or wheat and is naturally gluten free because it is a seed!  The seed comes from a crop similar to the vegetable swiss chard and spinach.  The texture is similar to rice, barley or orzo pasta, and can be treated as such.  This seed is great to use as a replacement for these.  Quinoa has many health benefits over other whole grains.  It is a high source of protein and has 9 essential amino acids your muscles need.  Also it has heart healthy fats and is a complex carbohydrate.  Complex meaning slow release of energy and you will feel full longer in turn keeping you from overeating and gaining weight :P

I decided to try out quinoa and make a salad having the same ingredients as my guacamole recipe, plus some additional veggies.  It turns out quinoa is delish!  This was super easy to make and really yummy!  Another new fav alert!  Please do yourself a favor and try this!! It honestly is so fresh and light tasting.   This will be your new favorite salad.  A great dish for the pending summer barbecues!  Oh yes, I am already dreaming of summer! ;)

Healthy Tidbits:  No cholesterol, low in sodium, High in Fiber and Vitamin C.

Servings:  about 10  Size: a heaping 1/2 cup  Calories:  80 Fat:  4.3g Carbs:  9.3g Fiber:  3g Protein:  2.2g Sugar:  1.7g Sodium:  31mg plus what you add

  • 1 Organic Tricolor Quinoa 
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 avocado chopped
  • 1 can Garbanzos or Chickpeas
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1/4 cup tomato diced
  • 1/2 cup red pepper chopped
  • 1  lime juiced
  • and the zest of the lime
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 zucchini chopped
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • kosher salt to taste

Get Cooking:

Place water and quinoa in a medium sized pot and bring to a boil.  Once boiling turn down heat to low and cover and let simmer until all water is absorbed.  This will take about 15 minutes.  While that is simmering.  Cut up all veggies as seen in the pic.  Once quinoa is finished remove from pot and place in serving bowl.  In that same pot add olive oil and heat on medium heat.  Add the onions and cook until just translucent.  Next add the garlic and red pepper to the onions.  Cook all of these for about 4 minutes.  Add tomatoes and zucchini heat through.  Another 4 minutes.  Add this veggie mixture to the quinoa in the serving bowl.  Add spices, parsley, chickpeas and lime juice.  Mix these all together.  Sprinkle with avocado and serve! Yum, Yum!

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