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Colorful Quinoa

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Quinoa seeds have gained a lot of popularity in the recent years, for good reason. This light and fluffy grain has been used in South America for centuries. Quinoa is very easy to cook and it has an extremely high nutritional value. This quinoa salad recipe can be the perfect way to start including this wonderful grain into your regular diet.

Quinoa salad

Kind of food: Main course, side
How long: 20 min
Makes: About 1.5 cups of salad
Pots and pan: Small pot

1/4 cup Quinoa (found easily in most grocery stores)
1/4 cup carrot – grated
1/4 cup red bell pepper – choppped
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes (drained and squeezed from the oil)
1/4 cup Avacado – chopped in small cubes
1 tsp Olive oil (optional)
Salt to taste

Colorful quinoa salad
How to make:
Place the dry quinoa is a pot. Add 1/2 cup water. Bring it to a boil and cover and simmer for 10 min, till the water is fully absorbed. Leave the quinoa covered and let it rest for 5 min. While the quinoa is simmering, chop the prepare the vegetables. Saute the red bell peppers and carrots for a couple of minutes till crisp. If would like to avoid oil, you can skip this saute step.  Fluff  up the quinoa with a fork. Combine all quinoa with the saute peppers & carrots, avocado, sun dried tomatoes, and add salt (if needed to taste).Chill the salad if you like it cold. Warm quinoa salad tastes great as well.

Keep it Smart, Short and Sazzy! – Anu

Serving ideas
Serve chilled on a hot summer day.
Can add any vegetable of your choice -Try it with cucumbers, celery, and fresh herbs.

Tips, tricks and ideas
Prepare and chill the salad ahead of time.
The salad travels well for day trips or lunch boxes.
Quinoa can also be cooked in a rice cooker or microwave. Look the package instructions for other ways to cook this grain.
Quinoa is a great substitute for white rice or couscous.


February 23, 2009 at 12:15 am Leave a comment

Whole wheat penne & grilled tofu pasta

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Whole wheat pastas can add a lot of texture, taste and nutrition to the food. This whole wheat penne pasta recipe is quite light and makes for a perfect lunch pasta. It is almost like a pasta salad and stores well for a lunch box.

Whole wheat penne and tofu pasta

Kind of food: Main course
How long: 20 min
Makes: 8 cups (serves 2 adults)
Pot and Pans: Grill/griddle, Pot, pan.

2 cups dry pasta – Whole wheat penne pasta
2 tbsp Olive oil
2 cups tofu – cubed
2 tbsp Soy sauce
1 cup spinach – chopped or baby spinach
1/2 cup onions – chopped (red onions or shallots recommended)
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes ( drained from the oil)
2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
Salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese

Grilled tofu

How to make:
Set  a pot of water, cover and heat it to a boil (as per the instructions on the pasta box). While the water is heating up, set a grill/griddle on high heat. Once the grill is hot, place the tofu cubes and drizzle a little oil and soy sauce. Sear the tofu till its browned on one side, flip them and sear the other side.  Tofu grills very quickly, a minute or two on each side should be sufficient.  Place the dry pasta in the boiling water and cook as per instructions ( about 12 min – set the timer). On a pan or pot heat 2 tbsp of olive oil.  Add the onions, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes and give it a good toss and saute for a couple of minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper and saute for another 2 min.  Set the pan on very low heat. Drain the pasta and add the pasta to the pan. Turn up the heat and give the mixture a good mix.  Pour the pasta onto a paste bowl or plate. Top with the grilled tofu and grated parmesan cheese.  Serve warm.

Whoe wheat penne pasta
Keep it Smart, Short and Sazzy! – Anu

Tips, tricks and alternatives
You can use a pan to grill the tofu. Its it just quicker to use a cast iron griddle.
You grill a big batch of tofu and store it in the freezer. Simply defrost and warm on a pan before adding to the pasta. When you have some tofu and not sure what to do with it, grill it with soy sauce and store it.

December 30, 2008 at 11:32 pm Leave a comment

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