Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah), is a plant with exceptionally nutritious seeds (which is the part that's packaged and sold in supermarkets). Quinoa cooks up like a grain and is a great (and more protein-packed) substitute for rice and pasta.
We've been eating a lot of it around here and this is our favorite quinoa recipe. It's tangy and healthy and light.
Rating: 3/4 assed (chopping)
Here's what you need and how you do it
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 cup chicken, diced
1 red, orange or yellow bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup green onion, sliced
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
1 avocado, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
3 Tablespoons olive oil
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
2 cloves garlic, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Fill saucepan with two cups water and cook quinoa according to package directions (boil for 10 to 15 minutes, until water is absorbed). Stir in chicken, bell pepper, green onions, kalamata olives and basil. Mix with dressing. Top with avocado and tomatoes.
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