Sunday, June 20, 2010

Warm Quinoa & Feta Cheese Salad

I had about 30min to prepare and eat my dinner the other night before I had to run off to a friends surprise birthday party. In situations like these you want something quick, yet deliciously tasting, healthy and full of goodness to keep you going through the evening. Fortunately I had a few leftovers in my fridge that would fulfill my needs and the result was a warm Quinoa and Feta Cheese Salad.

Warm Quinoa & Feta Cheese Salad
6dl precooked quinoa
4-6 salad onions
2 garlic cloves
2tsp rapeseed oil
1tsp water
100g/1/2pack feta cheese

Chop onions and garlic and gently fry in oil and water using a medium non-stick pan. Lower the heat and add the quinoa once the onions and garlic has started to soften. Stir occasionally and leave until thoroughly heated. Add the feta cheese, stir and leave until the cheese has started to soften.
serves 2

The good thing about this warm salad  is that even though you do not have the precooked quinoa in hand it still doesn't take more than 20min to prepare from scratch. You prepare quinoa the same you would prepare pasta or rice - place 2dl (yields 6dl) in a saucepan along with 1/2liter/500ml water and 1tbsp vegetable gluten free bouillon powder, bring to the boil, lower the heat and allow to simmer for 8-10min until the water has been soaked up.   

HEALTH BENEFITS of Quinoa: Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) in itself constitute a complete protein, meaning that it contains all the 9 essential amino acids to form a macro nutrient the body can use for cellular and muscular buildup. This makes this seed (or what is normally referred to as a grain) the protein source for anyone who wants to avoid animal sourced protein. It is a vegetable protein that is easy to digest. Apart from being one of the best protein sources quinoa also provide an ocean of vital minerals. Amongst these are magnesium - natures tranquilizer, and iron  - vital for energy production and metabolism.

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