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healthy plant-based recipes

Lemon and Garlic Quinoa Salad

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is a nutrient dense grain, which is very high in protein. Unlike wheat or rice (which are low in lysine), quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids, making it an unusually complete protein source. It is a good source of dietary fibre and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten-free and considered easy to digest.

Because of all these characteristics, quinoa is being considered a possible crop in NASA's Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long-duration manned spaceflights.

Ingredients

Dressing

Directions

  1. Rinse quinoa with warm water and strain. Place in large pan and dry-roast on low heat for approx 5 to 8 minutes, stir continually. Bring water to boil add toasted quinoa and boil for 12 minutes. Remove from heat, strain thought colander.
  2. Place dressing ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Add carrots, seeds and parsley to quinoa. Stir in dressing.

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