SUPER GIRL BONNIE WITH SUPER FOOD QUINOA!
SUPER GIRL BONNIE WITH SUPER FOOD QUINOA!

Up until a couple of years ago I had never heard of quinoa. Suddenly it’s everywhere and all the cool people are eating it. Well, I may not be “cool”, but I AM room temperature and like to know what’s going on.

What’s going on is the revival of an ancient grain called quinoa (pronounced “keen’-wah”).

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RAW QUINOA

It’s high in protein and lacks gluten (which has become the bad-boy of the food world these days). It also cooks really fast – it’s done in 10-15 minutes.

I decided to make tabbouleh, replacing the traditional bulgur with quinoa. Excellent!

QUINOA TABBOULEH
QUINOA TABBOULEH

Quinoa Tabbouleh is one of those multifaceted dishes that makes for a light lunch coupled with a hearty yeast roll, a substitute for a green salad, or a tangy side dish to accompany your entrée.

Even better, it’s easy to make and can be prepared well ahead of time. One less thing to do during that hectic count-down period when you’re trying to have everything done at the same time. (Don’t even think of talking to me during crazy-time!)

QUINOA TABBOULEH – makes 6 cups

  • 1½ cups uncooked quinoa
  • 1¾ tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • 2 cups tomato, chopped
  • 1½ cups parsley, finely chopped (measure before chopping)
  • 1  1/3 cup cucumbers, seeded & chopped
  • 4 scallions, sliced

Cook quinoa by bringing 3 cups water and quinoa to a boil, then simmering covered until water is absorbed (about 10-15 minutes).  Stir every few minutes, keeping an eye out so it doesn’t burn.  Let cool.

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Chop ingredients while quinoa is cooking.

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NOTE:  Here’s how to prepare the cucumber:

cucumber skin

cucumber seed strip

NOTE:  An easy way to chop parsley is to put washed parsley in a cup and snip away with your kitchen shears.

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Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate until serving. It will keep for days.

Be sure and check out my blog, VEGETARIAN COOKING FOR CARNIVORES BLOG!

 

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