Sunday, January 27, 2008

healthy ingredients - quinoa

Quino's protein contains healthy amounts of all the essential amino acids and it's gluten-free. It's also an excellent source of iron and magnesium and a good source of many of the B vitamins and calcium. Rinse quinoa before cooking it to remove the soapy, bitter coating.

Quinoa Salad

1 cup water
1 cup apple juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup quinoa, well rinsed and drained
2 apples, diced
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup vanilla yogurt

Place water, apple juice, cinnamon and rinsed quinoa in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed. Cool, transfer quinoa to a large mixing bowl and refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour. Add apples, celery, dried cranberries and walnuts to quinoa. Mix well. Fold in yogurt.

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