Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
In a large mixing bowl, add the quinoa, sauteed vegetables and beans, and then add the additional ingredients (tomatoes, parsley, feta cheese, and kalamata olives.) Mix together. Add salt and pepper to your liking. of beans where you are getting about 40 grams of protein. Quinoa is also a great source of amino acid, vitamins, and minerals. If you're looking for an ancient grain to try, this is one to certainly explore.
The Mediterranean diet has also been shown to be beneficial for cardiovascular disease so why not combine a healthy grain and a healthy cuisine together?
Hope you enjoy~
Cooking the Quinoa to make it interesting
1 cup rinsed Quinoa
1 cup 100% organic Orange Juice
1 cup organic chicken or vegetable broth
Add all ingredients into a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, covered, and then allow to simmer for about 10 minutes or until all the liquid is gone. Set aside and let it cool.
Ingredients to make your Quinoa Mediterranean
2-3 tbsp coconut oil
1 Yellow Onion, chopped
3 Garlic cloves, chopped
2-3 organic bell peppers, seeds removed, and chopped
1 -2 cans of organic garbanzo beans, rinsed
1-2 cups Kale
3 large tomatoes, diced
3 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
1/3 cup of Feta Cheese (optional for those who aren't dairy free)
1 Jar of Kalamata Olives
In a large stir fry pan or wok, add coconut oil and then saute' the onion until soft. Add the garlic and bell peppers and saute' for about 5 minutes. Then add the Garbanzo beans and stir. I would let the beans cook for about 5 minutes to soften them up. This will really help with digestion. Sometimes raw beans can be harder on the sensitive stomachs. Then add the kale and let it cook until the kale turns bright green. Again, cooking the kale and other vegetables will be easier on the digestive tract. Set ingredients aside and let it cool for about 5 minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, add the quinoa, sauted vegetables and beans, and then add the additional ingredients (tomatoes, parsley, feta cheese, and kalamata olives.) Mix together. Add salt and pepper to your liking.
Serve on a plate with Romaine lettuce slices.