Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Nutritious and Delicious Quinoa Salad

I put together this salad today because I was quite hungry and wanted something filling.  It is a meal unto itself and has very good nutritional value... quinoa is a complete protein; the almonds are a good source of calcium and healthy fats, the fruit offers lots of vitamins and fibre, and it is all just plain delicious.  I served it with fat free raspberry vinaigrette drizzled over the top.

This is really just an idea... feel free to use you own favorite fruit and nuts.

Quinoa Fruit and Nut Salad
Makes 2 servings

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup canned peaches, drained anc cut into chunks
  • 1/2 ounce slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • dash of cinnamon
  1. Place 1/2 cup quinoa and 1 cup water in saucepan.  Bring to boil then reduce and simmer for 15 minutes.  Turn off heat and leave for 5 minutes longer. 
  2. Remove the cooked quinoa from the pan and place in bowl.
  3. Add the chopped apple and peach chunks.  Mix gently to blend.
  4. Divide between 2 bowls.  Add half the almonds and half the cranberries and a dash of cinnamon to each bowl.
  5. Top with your favorite 'sweetish' dressing if you want, or eat just as is.
Each serving is about 1-3/4 to 2 cups.
Per serving, approximately without dressing.
Weight Watchers P+ = 9.
Calories 339; Protein 7; Carbohydrate 64g; Fat 7g; Fibre 8g

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