Did you know quinoa is actually a seed? It’s also a complete protein and a very popular ingredient in vegan and vegetarian diets. No animal products required for a balance meal.
- 1 c quinoa
- ½ onion, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 2 zucchini, diced
- 1 lemon or 1 T vinegar
- 3 T extra virgin olive oil
- ½ bunch fresh herbs: cilantro, green onions, parsley and/or basil
- s+p to taste
Method: Cook quinoa as directed (usually 1 c quinoa + 2 c water). Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. While quinoa is cooking, sauté onions and bell peppers in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until soft, usually 5-7 min on medium low. Add zucchini and sauté another 5 minutes, until all the zucchini is soft.
Mix quinoa and veggies together with the remaining olive oil and either lemon juice or vinegar. Gently stir in the fresh herbs and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Great for a room temperature or warm grain salad.
Toss with some greens for a nice green salad with substance!