You are all blowing me away with your ideas for organizing my spice cabinet. And I send little bear hugs to those of you who confessed that your own spice cabinet looks just like mine, and in some cases even worse!Let’s consider ourselves united in our slackerly pantry ways.Now I wish that someone could come over to my house and actually do the work for me, but I realize that wasn’t in our agreement.Oh, well. My mistake.
I’m going to need all the energy I can muster to tackle the project, so I think I’ll just go and eat some quinoa. You probably know that quinoa is known variously as the wonder grain, the mother grain, a miracle among grains. It cooks quickly, has an appealing texture, mild, nutty flavor, and by golly, is just plain good for you – loaded with protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals.
I wrote this article about grains for Sauce magazine recently. The following simple quinoa salad recipe is modified just slightly from the one published in Sauce – I just switched the black-eyed peas for black beans. Enjoy…
Quinoa Salad with Smoky Lime Dressing
- 1 cup quinoa (Inca Red from Ancient Harvest is my fave)
- 4 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon low-sodium teriyaki sauce or soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
- 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
- Place the quinoa and 2 cups water in a medium saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil.
- Lower heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in the green onions, black beans and cilantro.
- Puree the remaining ingredients together in a food processor; pour over quinoa and stir to coat with dressing. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Serving Size serves 4
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Hi there! I’m Karen, a mother of two and a professionally trained cook certified in holistic nutrition.
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