Saturday, March 6, 2010

Guest Blogger: Quinoa Salad

Today's guest blogger post comes from my good friend, Erica. I met Erica in Germany 2 weeks before my due date with Eric. Her daughter was a tiny newborn (a little over a month old) and we really hit it off. She is such a sweetheart and I miss her like crazy. She recently (Feb 8) gave birth to beautiful twin girls and that just made me wish I was in Germany even more!

In true super mom fashion, with 3 little ones to take care of, she still sent me 2 guest blogger posts. You rock, Erica! Here is the first one. Thanks so much, Erica! Miss you!!!

Quinoa is a grain-like seed that originated in the Andes mountains and it has been an important food source there for 6,000 years. It is a complete protein, it is high in dietary fiber, and it contains magnesium and iron. Basically, it is a super food. It has a texture like couscous or rice, but has a nuttier flavor. You can find it in most grocery stores with the rice and other grains. Because it is so low in calories and high in fiber and protein, I have been trying to find more ways to use it. This recipe is quick and easy and has therefore become a favorite in our house. With the quinoa and pistachios, we think it is filling enough for a main course. However, if you want something even more hearty, you can add grilled chicken.

Quinoa Salad

2 lemons, juiced
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1/4 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/4 C olive oil

2 C cooked quinoa (cook according to package directions -- sometimes the quinoa needs to be rinsed)
2 green onions, chopped
1 C spinach
1/2 C pistachios
1 C cherry tomatoes-halved
1/2 C craisins

You can add chicken, almonds, or feta cheese as well


Kat said...

I have never trued quinoa, but really want to. Does it come from any grocery store or is it like a whole foods kind of product? This looks great!

The McBride Family said...

It's true she IS superwoman!! :) I remember her telling me about quinoa right before we left Germany but still haven't tried it!Looks Yummy Erica!!!

Brad and Erica said...

You might have more luck finding it at a whole foods store, but I don't really know, since I haven't been grocery shopping in the United States for a while. They carry it here in the commissary, which makes me think that ordinary grocery stores might have it too.

HoneyB said...

I will try this recipe! I tried quiona for the first time when I made the Sweet Chili Lime Tofu dish and I loved it. It is very filling! I have been looking for recipes that use quiona ever since. Thank you to Erica! :)

HoneyB said...

p.s. that photo is excellent!!

Katy ~ said...

This does look delicious and tempting. I have to yet try quinoa but a recipe like this looks like a delicious place to start. Thank you for sharing.

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