Think of red quinoa as a cheery version of the more customary beige. Spicy-sweet peppadew peppers add a little zing to this salad. Look for them in the deli section of grocers or use roasted red peppers as an alternative. Serve as an accompaniment to dinner or a standalone at lunch.
3/4 cup (180 mL) red quinoa 1 1/4 cups (310 mL) low-sodium vegetable broth 1 cup (250 mL) pomegranate seeds 1 cup (250 mL) quartered peppadew or sweet piquanté peppers 1 pint (500 mL) cherry tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped fresh mint 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped flat-leaf parsley 1/3 cup (80 mL) sliced pecans 2 Tbsp (30 mL) extra-virgin olive oil or camelina oil Juice of 1/2 lemon 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt 1/4 tsp (1 mL) black pepper 3 oz (85 g) feta cheese, diced
Place quinoa in fine-mesh sieve and rinse well. Heat heavy-bottomed, medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add quinoa and heat until dry and grains begin to smell toasty, about 5 minutes. Add broth, bring to a simmer and heat until quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Drain any excess water and set aside to cool.
Fluff quinoa with fork and toss with pomegranate seeds, peppadew peppers, cherry tomatoes, mint, parsley, and nuts. In small bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Toss dressing with quinoa salad.
Divide salad among serving plates and garnish with feta.
Each serving contains: 252 calories; 7 g protein; 13 g total fat (3 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 26 g total carbohydrates (8 g sugars, 0 g fibre); 303 mg sodium
Tip: To remove the seeds (also called arils) from a pomegranate without turning your kitchen into a scene from a horror movie, submerge a quartered pomegranate in a large bowl of water. You can then pull apart the fruit with your hands—the seeds will sink while the inedible white membrane will float to the surface. Skim off membrane and drain seeds.
source: "A Red Inspired Menu", alive #388, February 2015
Look for whole grain farro, which leaves the germ and bran intact, for this satisfying porridge that’s sure to kickstart your day. While the cooking time is longer than for pearled or semi-pearled varieties, you’ll get more nutrition. Take the time to enjoy the delicate scent of cardamom and ginger wafting through your kitchen as you prepare this. Ancient grain Farro (also referred to as emmer or einkorn) is a variety of wheat known as an ancient grain, which means that it hasn’t changed over time through breeding as is the case with many varieties of modern wheat.
Spanish-inspired flavours of almond and orange and a good punch of protein make this pudding a delicious and nutritious breakfast, snack, or dessert. The tiniest amount of large-flake sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil help bring all the flavours together. Amp up the orange For some additional orange flavour, when cooking chickpeas from dry, add a few strips of orange zest to the cooking water. Tastier toast Take your toast to the next level by using this pudding as a satisfying spread.
Breaking with tradition, think of this as a guise of tabbouleh salad with staying power, thanks to the addition of hearty sorghum and fibre-rich navy beans. It also ages fairly well, so it serves as a make-ahead meal that can keep for up to 3 days. A perfect plant-based option for weekday lunches.
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