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Quinoa Tabouleh

October 19, 2014
Quinoa Tabouleh

Quinoa Tabouleh is a super simple cleansing and refreshing salad to have on hand during spring and summer. Complete in itself as a light lunch – topped with avocado is yum – and a versatile accompaniment with roasted pumpkin and beetroot, marinated tofu or hummus.  Easy to take for school or working lunches.

Enjoy Quinoa’s rich nourishment, high in protein and minerals, lemons and parsley are cooling and alkalising – freeing up stiff joints for a mobilising yoga practice!

1 cup white quinoa
2 cups water
good pinch Celtic salt
¼ cup lemon juice
2 Lebanese cucumbers, diced
2 firm ripe tomatoes, roughly diced
1 good sized bunch flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
1 good sized bunch mint, roughly chopped
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 tablespoons lemon juice, to taste

Place the quinoa in a small saucepan with the water and salt and bring to the boil.
Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes until tender and liquid is absorbed.
Stir through the lemon juice and simmer for one more minute.
Turn off the heat and leave the lid on for 5 or so minutes.
Tip into a large mixing bowl.

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Fold through the cucumber, tomatoes, parsley, mint, lemony juice an olive oil.
Adjust flavour with salt, lemon juice and olive oil to taste.
Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Keeps well covered in the fridge for a few days.

Shopping List – organic where possible

white quinoa
Celtic salt
2 Lebanese cucumbers
2 ripe firm tomatoes
1 bunch flat leaf parsley
1 bunch mint
2 lemons
extra virgin olive oil

Nutrition Notes

Quinoa is a red or white seed.  One of the ancient staple foods, it’s usually referred to as the ‘mother grain’.   A rich source of protein, calcium, B vitamins, iron , phosphorous and vitamin E. Quinoa is a generally strengthening, warming and energising food for the whole body.
Easy to cook, versatile in use.  It can be combined with oats and porridge, used in salads, delicious with a little olive oil, salt and parsley or seeds and sprouts and a little tamari and sesame oil.
It is gluten free and a useful flour in baking.
A good staple to have in the cupboard and available in most health food stores.

Parsley so overlooked yet adds a wealth of nutrients to any meal.  Rich in vitamins A, B and C, containing about 3 time the amount of vitamin C of citrus fruits.  Parsley is a power house of minerals especially iron, calcium, sodium, potassium magnesium and chlorophyl thus it’s cleansing nature.
Parsley stimulates the whole digestive system and kidneys, strengthens the adrenal glands.  Energetically it helps renew the flow of energy within the spinal column.
It could be considered your vitamin mineral supplement boost really,

Lemons – are cleansing and alkalising, a brilliant fruit for the health and repair of the nervous system. Begin your day with a squeeze of lemon juice in water to kick start your digestive system and liver! Alkalising in nature, lemons help keep other minerals moving and soluble within the bloodstream. This helps prevent and eliminate acidic hardening wastes accumulating in arteries and around joints i.e. arthritis. Cleansing to the lymphatic system i.e. breast tissue. A lemon a day would be a great benefit indeed.

Eat well, be well and enjoy the simplicity of nature’s offerings

With Love


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