What is quinoa, what are the health benefits and how can you prepare a quinoa salad?
Quinoa is a perfect plant for vegans and gluten intolerants, as it does not contain gluten and can replace wheat consumption. Quinoa seed is rich in high quality protein, which is about 13 grams per 100 grams of product. This reduces the consumption of meat and enjoy the quinoa proteins.
Also this plant is rich in B vitamins, minerals - iron (against anemia), copper, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and antioxidants. The seed also contains fiber, which is useful for normalizing glucose, cholesterol and insulin levels. To be healthy, do not hesitate to put the quinoa grains on the menu. The recipes that can be found are numerous.
How to cook quinoa?
- Wash quinoa before cooking. It is essential to wash the seeds well to remove the saponins. They protect them and give a bitter taste to the dish. For this reason, rinse thoroughly with warm or cold water until no more water is foaming. For example, pour the quinoa into a fine Chinese and wash it.
You must wash the grains
- To cook the quinoa respecting the perfect dosage. It is 1 volume of quinoa and 1.5 or 2 times its volume of water. Quinoa is cooked over medium heat 12-15 minutes without covering. Then let stand 10 minutes off the heat.
How to prepare a quinoa salad
The quinoa and mango salad is also delicious
Indeed, you can add quinoa to soups, salads, or cook quinoa and different vegetables. Find here our ideas to prepare a quinoa salad.
Quinoa and feta salad
200 g washed quinoa
200 g cubes of feta
½ cucumber cut
150 g spinach
2 tbsp. to s. white vinegar
1 clove of garlic
2-3 green onions
First, to make this salad, cook the washed quinoa. Let cool and put in a bowl. Add feta cubes, cut cucumber, spinach. Cut the clove of garlic and green onions and put everything in the salad bowl. Finally, add salt, caraway, olive oil and white vinegar. Mix well and serve cold.
Quinoa, watermelon, feta and basil salad
Quinoa, watermelon and feta
And again a quinoa recipe, which is probably perfect for summer.
150 g washed quinoa
1 block of feta
some basil leaves
salt, white balsamic vinegar
First, make quinoa leather washed and then let cool. In a bowl mix cold quinoa, cut watermelon and feta cubes. Finally add 2 tbsp. to s. of olive oil, 1 tbsp. to s. vinegar and salt. And do not forget to decorate the salad with the basil leaves.
salad lawyer and quinoa
Because the quinoa salad is very delicious
200 g washed quinoa
a handful of cherry tomatoes
1 cut cucumber
¼ red onion cut
2 handfuls of young spinach sprouts
To choose: add also feta.
Vinaigrette: 4 tbsp. to s. red wine vinegar, 2 tbsp. to s. Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp. dried oregano, 1 clove of pressed garlic, 120 ml of olive oil, juice of a lemon, salt and pepper.
Make the quinoa leather and then let cool. So, you have to prepare the dressing. Mix well the red wine vinegar, the mustard, the oregano, the garlic, the salt and finally the pepper. After that pour the olive oil and the lemon juice. There you go! In a bowl mix quinoa, cut avocados, chopped tomatoes, cucumber and onion. Cut and add the spinach too. Finally, pour the vinaigrette over the salad and mix well. Enjoy your meal!