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Quinoa and Apple Salad with Curry Dressing

I made this salad last week at home, for one of our weekday meals. We’re looking for nutritious ingredients that pack vitamins and proteins into our diet, but we don’t want to sacrifice on flavor. This salad is a delight for the taste buds, the combination of fruits with the particular texture of quinoa and the tangy vinaigrette will have you asking for seconds, I promise. And, as we set out to do at the beginning of the year, we are trying to consistently include healthy recipes here at The Foodies’ Kitchen that you can share with your family.

You can try to use quinoa instead of rice to accompany any meal. The great thing about this seed, is that it takes less time to cook than rice, at only 15 min. It’s virtually fool proof (unlike rice, which… it took me some time to master), it has a high level of protein, provides all 9 essential amino acids and it is gluten free. I will definitely try other recipes using this ingredient, so be on the lookout for our Facebook post announcements. For now, you can also check out our Sweet Corn & Quinoa with Lemon Vinaigrette recipe. The original recipe calls for mint leaves. I’m not crazy about mint, so I substituted for cilantro.

And just a little reminder, you can still enter our Cocina al Chile contest! You have until June 5th to do so! Click here for more info.

Helga

Quinoa and Apple Salad with Curry Dressing

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Sweet Corn & Quinoa with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

I’m always trying out new things in the kitchen, and I had been wanting to try Quinoa for some time. In fact, I’ve had a box of Quinoa sitting on my cabinet for a while now. As always, I want to keep my Foodies informed, so I did a little research on this “pseudo cereal” as it is called. Quinoa is closely related to species such as beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds. Tumbleweeds? makes your mouth water, doesn’t it?…

Quinoa was of great nutritional importance in pre-Columbian Andean civilizations, secondary only to the potato, and was followed in importance by maize. In contemporary times, this crop has become highly appreciated for its nutritional value, as its protein content is very high (18%). Nutritional evaluations of quinoa indicate that it is a source of complete protein.It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten-free and considered easy to digest. Because of all these characteristics, quinoa is being considered a possible crop in NASA’s Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long-duration human occupied spaceflights.

Impressive, right? Since it’s so good for you, I wanted to try a recipe that I could get my daughter to eat. I succeeded with this one, so I recommend you try it at home. As far as preparation is concerned, no big deal. It takes 15 minutes.

Helga

Sweet Corn & Quinoa with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

Sweet Corn & Quinoa
with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

Serves 3-4
Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

Ingredients:

1 cup dry quinoa
2 cups water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 scallions, sliced
2 ears sweet corn
salt & pepper

For the Honey Lemon Vinaigrette:
1 Tablespoon lemon zest
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 garlic clove, microplaned or finely minced
1 Tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper

Procedure:

  1. Rinse quinoa thoroughly under running water in a fine mesh sieve. Combine with water in a saucepan, bring to a boil, then place a lid on top and cook until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all the ingredients for the Honey Lemon Vinaigrette in a mason jar or small bowl, then shake or whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add green onions and sweet corn, season with salt & pepper, then saute until corn is tender, about 3 minutes. Add in cooked quinoa and Honey Lemon Vinaigrette, then toss thoroughly to combine. Taste, add more salt & pepper if necessary, then serve.

Sweet Corn & Quinoa with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

Sweet Corn & Quinoa with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

Sweet Corn & Quinoa with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

Sweet Corn & Quinoa with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

Sweet Corn & Quinoa with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette