Quinoa has been a main ingredient in all my meals (well, besides greens). If I feel like consuming brown rice (which is every main meal), I mix this in. Otherwise, It’s my quinoa with my salad, breakfast, dinner, snack – name it, I’ve tried it! Besides quinoa’s unending list of health benefits, I love preparing it because it cooks quick. As time is very important to me, I make sure all the meals I prepare won’t take much of my day and they should all be healthy.
So I made a quick recipe for all health buffs on the go (just like me). It’s a beautiful mixture of quinoa, raw fruits and vegetables.
Apart from being so healthy and so quick to prepare, what I love with this recipe is that I only used two measuring cups : 1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon. The beauty in it is that it’s not only easy – you don’t have to wash a lot of dishes and cooking utensils as well!
Without further ado, here it is:
Quick Wholesome Quinoa Salad
1/2 cup Quinoa
1 tbsp raisins
2 tbsp almond slivers
2 tbsp chopped red bell pepper
1 tbsp chopped red onion
1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
Half ripe mango, diced
1 tbsp Lemon zest
In a saucepan, cook the quinoa according to the package instruction; set aside.
Tip: I always add water double the cup size of the quinoa grains. So in this recipe I mentioned 1/2 cup right? The water should then be 1 cup. Also, I cook it under low fire.
In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, mango, bell peppers, red onion, almonds, raisins, balsamic vinegar and the lemon zest. Gently toss the salad to combine.
Tip: I use a spatula to make sure all of the ingredients have been transferred to the other container. As I don’t want the lemon to go to waste, what I do is I get the lemon juice and I mix it in my glass of fresh cranberry. Perfect combination!
Love and light,
Photos were taken by the author.