Most commonly considered a grain, quinoa is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard. Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all 9essential amino acids. Quinoa is rich with the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. In addition to protein, quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients. Because quinoa is a very good source of manganese, magnesium, folate, and phosphorus, it may be very helful for people with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis.
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup coarsely shredded carrot
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup diced tart apple, such as Granny Smith
- 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
- 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- optional – if you’d like a little sweetness, add a small amount of date sugar.
1. In a medium-size saucepan, combine the quinoa and water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl, stir and let cool completely.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and garlic.
3. Add the apple, carrots, parsley, dried cranberries and almonds to the quinoa and toss the ingredients well. Add the dressing and toss once more to coat the salad. Season to taste. Delicious served chilled or at room temperature.
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