A Healthy Lunch Option

>> Tuesday, March 23, 2010

As you may have noticed, I like to bake. A lot. But I also like crafting healthy food masterpieces. Yesterday, I tried combining the two with terrible results. For now, I would advise all of you out there to not make chocolate & buckwheat flour cookies. If someone knows a way to make them taste good, please let me know your secret!!!


Anyway, I decided to share a non-chocolate favorite: super, wonderfully healthy quinoa salad. I used to bring this in for lunch at least once a week (recipe makes enough for a couple days). Note: The cilantro is essential. If you don't like cilantro, you have no business reading my blog.

Just kidding! I wasn't really a fan of the stuff until a few years ago -- but it certainly adds something to this salad, so try it out! :)

What you'll need . . .
  • 1-1/2 cups quinoa
  • 3 cups water
  • Minced garlic
  • Flax seeds
  • Sliced shallots
  • Cilantro
  • Sliced green apples
  • Crushed raw cashews
  • Raw pumpkin seeds

Method . . .
  1. In a large saucepan, bring quinoa and water to a boil -- then cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Once quinoa is cool, combine it with the rest of the ingredients (at your own discretion) in a large bowl.

For extra flavor . . .
  • 1/3 cup sesame oil
  • 1 orange (squeeze the juice)
  • 1/2 grapefruit (squeeze the juice)
  • 2 teaspoons ginger powder
Mix together ingredients, then add to the salad . . . and mix again.

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