It’s almost a rule of thumb that if you are vegan, you must eat quinoa. Most of us know that it is a good source of iron, calcium, phosphorus, and fiber, and an excellent food not only for vegans but for those who have lactose intolerance. Quinoa is also protein rich, although not as rich as some beans and wild rice.
The primary reason to value quinoa as a “super food” is because it is a source of complete protein, in other words: it contains all essential amino acids necessary for the wholesome nutrition of humans and other animals, and, critically (and unlike other foods containing all essential amino acids)-does so in adequate proportions to secure sufficient intake.
To add to its fantastic nutritious qualities, I added some lemon juice, sunflower seeds, and sliced apples to a bowl of cooked, chilled quinoa for a light dinner salad, rich in protein, vitamin C, dietary fiber, and fats. With a cost of only about $2, this recipe also made it in the sixpence recipe category.
It certainly looks like ending the day with a salad is becoming a habit. Tomatoes, green and yellow peppers, red radishes, cucumber, olives, roasted red pepper, and capers, tossed in extra virgin olive oil and balsamic.
On and I think we have a new follower…NOTE! No Onions were present in the salad offered to Bruno. Onions are toxic for dogs! Never let your dog consume onions.
Sometimes (read: often) I am just plain lazy. Thankfully, vegan ism makes that even easier. Tonight, I’m munching on a simple, delicious summer salad: cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, yellow bell peppers, red radishes, olives and capers. Add balsamic and olive oil and you have a great summer snack.
Well ok, this was a huge watermelon. So for the 2/3ds that you could not eat up with a spoon, here is a summer favorite:
chop up 2/3rd of a large watermelon. Unfortunately, mine was not seedless;
chop up 4-5 kiwis;
add 3 tbsp of capers, and mix this all up;
add plenty of fresh mint leaves, and…
let this beauty cool off in the fridge for 30 minutes. I cannot stop eating. Again.
Gorgeous, isn’t it?