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quinoa salad

helloo. so i haven’t updated in what seems like forever, so i decided i needed to whip up something yummy and healthy today. seeing that i haven’t cooked quinoa* in a while, i figured i would. the dish contains various things from my kitchen, and it turned out yummy.

quinoa salad

quinoa salad recipe:
1 cup quinoa cooked
few spears of asparagus (steamed or boiled)
1 cup edamame unthawed and deshelled
1 cup black beans or your choice of beans (canned or cooked dry)
1 cup raw corn (i like raw corn, it tastes a lot fressher, and it is concidered a vegetable before it is cooked, then it is a starch)
few sprigs of fresh dill
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
a little less than 1/4 cup lemon juice
sea salt and pepper to taste

cook quinoa in 2 cups of water over stove, let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
chop up your cooked asparagus while waiting.
once quinoa is done cooking, let cool.
once cool, mix in edamame, asparagus, black beans, corn
add in evoo & lemon juice
add sea salt and pepper to taste
stir well.
served best cold or at room temperature.

it is a fairly simple recipe that i put together today, using ingredients that i’ve had lying around, or just purchased at the market this weekend.

*Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a grass. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such as beets, spinach and tumbleweeds. Its leaves are also eaten as a leaf vegetable, much like amaranth, but the commercial availability of quinoa greens is currently limited.(wikipedia).


salad days.

so i realized i need to eat more salads. i eat vegetables, but not enough raw vegetables. today i did pretty good on eating..i didnt wake up until about 12:30, so by 1 o’clock i fixed myself up a green smoothie consisting of baby spinach, banana, frozen mamey pulp, and plain soy milk. it was delicious and creamy goodness. then i snuck a cookie in between then and dinner time. for dinner, salad! i finally got around to going to the market to get some veg and fruits. i didn’t have a specific salad in mind, except all i knew is i wanted red cabbage in there…oh and avocado. i pretty much took whatever vegetables i had gotten and made it into a salad. here’s the end result.

i’m calling it the loaded salad. cause it is just loaded with goodness. i figured bananas would be a nice touch…and it sure was! i have never had bananas in a salad [unless a fruit salad] and i think i want bananas in my salads always and forever. so good to take a bite into that banana goodness. for the dressing i blended up half an avocado with half of a serrano chili pepper, half of a tomato, some lemon juice and cilantro. it was delicious, but i put too much of that chili pepper, my mouth was burnin the whole time. but it was good :]

here’s what my salad actually consisted of :
chopped up romaine lettuce
red cabbage
green cabbage
button mushrooms
shredded carrots
garbanzo beans

it was delicious and i loved every bite.

i couldn’t finish or else i thought i would explode! [but then how did i end up having room for a cookie? cause there is always room for a cookie].

salad days are here because summer is near. i just made that up. pretty good huh?