Sunday, September 18, 2011
A vegan meal I
A Quinoa Salad is one of my favorite meals because it tastes amazing and its extremely healthy! Also, its very versatile, you can make a delicious fruit salad with quinoa and use a bit of honey as the dressing!
Fill a saucepan/pot with 3/4 water, and boil it. Then add 2 cups of quinoa.
What is quinoa? Its a grain thats filled with Protein and almost no carbs! So if you are not a vege, well skip the steak one night and enjoy a light and healthier alternative :)
Chop up 2 Carrots any way you like, I like them sliced like this, but if you like them in tiny pieces it blends well with the tiny quinoa
For this salad I really just used whatever I had in the fridge, so next came 2 Hearts of Palm, cut them into slices too (I love hearts of palm, usually put more in)
Next came the Artichoke hearts, hmmm :) I used about 5, now I buy these jarred, a pop the top part off, squeeze the juice out and then slice them up
I don't care much for celery so I only used one stick in this salad, if you love it though, add as much as you want :) I chopped it into small pieces.
Next, red kidney beans (I also put in some chickpeas but forgot to photograph them) adding to the protein :) and I just love how they taste and their texture! I put in two spoon fulls.
I like to balance salty and sweet in the salads I make so I always add some dried cranberries or raisins or some kind of fruit like oranges or apples. (I put in 2 handfulls)
By the time you finish chopping up everything, the quinoa should be ready, so drain out the excess water and mix it all up with the veggies ( I personally love it when its warm but if you prefer having a cold salad just rinse the quinoa with cold water.
I put a Agave Dijon dressing on it, will give you the recipe A.S.A.P
So what exactly is this meal giving me? Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Sodium (ok not so good.. but I love salty foods too much :p) Fiber and much more :)