Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Day 9 and Red Quinoa Salad

Last week Jessica, one of this blog's active commenters, e-mailed me a recipe that she had just made. Jessica wrote, "This is from the back of the box of Trader Joe’s Red Quinoa. It was SO delicious!!!  I think it is a really good E2 kind of recipe."

I agreed, but set about to make some pretty significant modifications to make it 100% E2 friendly. Here' my version. I hope you enjoy it. I did!



Red Quinoa Salad
1 cup red quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth
1 15 oz can black beans rinsed and drained
2 cups roasted corn (I used the frozen bag from Trader Joe’s)
1/2 avocado cut into small pieces
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
½ cup red onion, finely diced
1/2 large bunch cilantro, finely chopped
Optional: lettuce of your choice

For the dressing, put all dressing ingredients in a blender and blend:
1/2 large bunch cilantro, washed and cut the stems off in one slice
juice of 1 orange
juice of 2 limes
2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/2 Tbsp agave syrup
1/2 Tbsp Bragg Liquid Aminos
dash of Sea salt and pepper

Cook quinoa as directed on box with broth.

While the quinoa cooks (about 15 minutes), put beans, corn, avocado, tomatoes and onion together in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss gently.  Add the chopped cilantro and toss.

When the quinoa is cooked, set aside to cool.  When it is cool, spread quinoa on a platter. Top with the bean and corn salad mixture.

Variation: serve on top of a large bed of lettuce.



Breakfast:
coffee with soy creamer
smoothie with frozen banana, frozen mango, frozen raspberries, ground flax seed, 2 dates and water.

Lunch:
Went to Organic Energy Restaurant
French Lentil Soup with Tomatoes and Fennel
Mega Life Salad with Miso Orange Dressing

Dinner:
Kashi crackers with Kale Butter
Red Quinoa Salad on Lettuce

8 comments:

Randy said...

This was one of the best meals you have ever made. I could eat this everyday. Yummy and filling.

What does E2 mean?

Jessica said...

Randy - wasn't that salad the BEST!! I love it, and seeing the picture Wendy took makes me want to make it again!

Wendy (Healthy Girl) said...

Yeah! The comments section is fixed! Thanks Shalon!

Randy-"E2" is short for "The Engine 2 Diet"

J. Brinkman said...

made something kinda sorta similar tonight...

red quinoa with black and pinto beans, fresh cilantro
roasted sweet potatoes with red onion, olive oil (not much), garlic, salt & pepper, oregeno, cayenne, cumin (pinch of each spice)

combined the 2 mixtures and had a lovely warmed quinoa roasted sweet potato salad! would maybe add lime perhaps? lemon? i did top it with a bit of whole foods brand chipolte salsa for extra flavor...any thoughts?

Jodi

Wendy (Healthy Girl) said...

Fresh lime juice would totally wake it up. How did you like it?

Anonymous said...

congratulations! I want to remake myself!

Meal Planning Made Simple said...

Looks delicious! Thanks for the great recipe.

Chanda Davetas said...

I added diced jalapeno and red bell pepper for a little added zing.

 
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