I rummaged through my fridge last night looking for my delicious and nutritious dinner to jump out at me! When that failed, I wished upon a star that my sassy neighbour would call me and invite me for dinner. Neither of these things happened and I didn't feel like trekking out to the grocery store at 8:00pm to buy some salmon or chicken. So, I decided to get creative with my very limited options. Magic happened when I decided to whip something up from the bare essentials in my very empty fridge....
QUINOA-SLAW .. it was joyously delicious.
Quinoa 101, pronounced "keen-wah":
Amino-acid rich: Non-meat source of protein that has a fluffy, nutty, slightly crunchy texture and goes well with anything you combine it with from herbs to veggies to lean protein
Ancient grain: Once called "the gold of the incas" because it increased the stamina of the warriors
Protein profile: Amazing source of protein that includes all 9 essential amino acids. Good source of lysine - important for tissue growth & repair and reducing the occurence of the herpes virus known to bring on cold sores and mouth ulcers
Nutrient dense: Source of manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus, this "grain" may be especially valuable for migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup filtered water
Bring quinoa and water to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Once fully cooked, remove from heat and rinse in warm water. This is to remove the saponins which are like soap lather in your belly if you forget to wash them away.
Slaw - Keep in mind, I used what was in my fridge. You could use any veggie to make a slaw.
1/4 cabbage, finely chopped
1 apple diced
2 carrots, finely chopped
Dressing: 2 tbsp dijon, dollop of olive oil, 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, some water to get a finer paste. Sea salt and pepper to taste. Mix all the ingredients together and place the slaw on the bed of quinoa or mix it together. Delicious!
The only thing I forgot to do was take a photo! Next time I make it, I will post a photo of it... and that won't be long from now because it was so very yummy.