Moms Best Quinoa Salad

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Are you a quinoa fan? This ancient grain is incredible in that it is a complete protein that packs a heck of a nutrient-dense punch. There are so many wonderful dishes to be created using quinoa, and weather you are looking for a post work out meal, a lunch to take on the fly, or main course suitable for a family gathering – you name it and quinoa has your back!

Note ~ if you have tried quinoa int he past and did not like the taste, could it be that you did not know to rinse it before hand? The rule with quinoa is that you must always rinse the grains in your strainer before cooking, as this will rinse off the naturally occurring chemical that coats the outside. This chemical is not dangerous, but does taste bad. No soaking needed, as you rinse you will see the chemical bubbling off 🙂

Of my moms various quinoa salad recipes, this Thai variation is her absolute best creation by far. Thank you, Mom, for sharing your love in the kitchen 🙂

Ingredients –

* 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa

* 1-2 cups finely sliced/chopped red cabbage

* 1 red bell pepper, diced ( Get your vitamin C on! )

* 1 red onion, diced

* 1/4 cup green onion, diced

* 1 cup shredded carrots

* 1/2 cup shredded cilantro

* 1/2 cup cashew halves ( Please, soak them first! )

* Highly recommended optional – 1 cup chickpeas/garbanzo beans

* Fresh lime, squeezed for tang

Dressing Ingredients –

* 1/4 cup cup all natural style peanut butter

* 2 tsp freshly grated ginger

*  3 tbs Bragg Liquid Amino ( Natural soy sauce )

* 1 tbs honey, preferably raw

* 1 tbs raw apple cider vinegar

* 1 tsp cold pressed sesame oil

* 1 tsp virgin olive oil

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Directions –

Step # 1 – Following the directions on the package, cook quinoa until done, or around 8 – 10 minutes.

Step #2 – In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the Thai dressing and mix well.

Step #3 – In a large bowl, combine the quinoa and the dressing; stir well.

There you have it! The most delicious quinoa salad recipe you will ever get your hands on, and it is really that simple to whip together! I hope you enjoy 🙂

Eat happy, live happy!

Quinoa Yogurt for Happy Kids :D

Quinoa yogurt for kids?

While this dish may, in picture, resemble cream of rice too much to look delectable by anyones standards, it’s actually as tasty as it is healthy!  One of my kids favorite breakfast or lunch meals, quinoa is one of the most nutritious grains on the planet, and unique in that it is also a perfect source of complete protein.

Inspired by our time with the GAPS diet, I mixed in some yogurt, peppers and seasoning one afternoon, and discovered what is now an easy family favorite for days when I am pressed for time.

Not only do my kids love this meal, but my husband and I enjoy it as well! Because it is an excellent combo of protein and wholesome fats, I even use this as one of my post-lifting meals for maximum growth and development 🙂

Try this, you’re bound to like it!

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First time quinoa users – be sure to rinse your quinoa before following cooking instructions! There is a naturally occurring chemical on quinoa ( you will see this bubbling off as you rinse ) that is not necessarily harmful when consumed, but will certainly give your dish an off taste 🙂 Enjoy!

* 2 1/2 cups pre-boiled  organic quinoa ( see bag for boiling instructions )

* 1 to 1 1/2 cups organic whole fat plain yogurt

* Veggie of your choosing ( we prefer chopped up bell peppers, cilantro & baby tomatoes )

* Seasonings of choice ( I add sea salt, Braggs Seasoning, garlic powder )

* a squeeze of fresh lemon juice

There you go – a perfectly well rounded meal for you and your littles to enjoy together! This is also a perfect way to start the day for anyone on a weightless journey as well. If you didn’t catch my post on ‘the fat myth’, in which I discuss keeping a healthy body weight by including fats into your diet, check it out here http://holisticchickblog.com/2013/02/03/the-fat-myth-and-stopping-cravings/

Have fun with your meals!