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Sunday, September 18, 2011

A vegan meal I

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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!
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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 :)
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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
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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)
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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
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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.
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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.
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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)
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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.
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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 :)


The PvdH Journal said...

Quinoa is one of my staple foods (and one of the reasons why I can essentially be a vegan and not go insane hehe). This recipe looks great, I've never tried it with beans & cranberries! great idea!

the nyanzi report said...

i have not tasted this before but it sounds interesting.

PopBlush said...

I don't think I've ever had quinoa before~ This dish looks so healthy indeed! Thanks for sharing!

laura said...

nom nom nom! this looks amazing and super easy!
♥ laura
the blog of worldly delights

Sara said...

Yum! I'm so obsessed with quinoa. I could just eat it all on its own! x

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