I love quinoa and it’s actually considered a super food. Thought of as a grain, quinoa is a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard. It’s a complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. It’s a very good source of manganese as well as magnesium, iron, lysine and phosphorus. A great option for vegans worried about adequate protein, quinoa may also be of value to people with migraines, diabetes, and atherosclerosis (the build-up of plaque that narrows the vessels through which blood flows).
I also love a Caprese Salad. It’s like Summer on a plate. It’s healthy, tasty, and beautiful. A colorful salad of vine ripened tomatoes, soft mozzarella cheese, and fresh Summer basil. What’s not to love?
Of course I loved this salad. It makes a great side dish and I ate the leftovers for lunch. It also made me feel good about what I was eating. Deliciously healthy!
On a fun note,
I was recently visited by The Fairy Hobmother . (The Fairy Hobmother is actually Ian from Appliances Online.) It was a wonderful surprise and he brought me a very nice gift. A $50 Amazon gift certificate!
And you could be visited next! Just close your eyes, click your heels, and say three times…
I’m just kidding.Just having a little fun with ya all!
Anyone who leaves a comment on this post has the chance of being visited by the Fairy Hobmother as well.
And thank you again Ian! I have a few books on my want list as well as a nutmeg grinder! That gift certificate will come in handy!
And now for the Caprese Quinoa Salad Recipe!
|Caprese Quinoa Salad||
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 basket of cherry tomatoes,
- 8 oz fresh mozzarella pearls
- 15 large basil leaves, cut into ribbons
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2-3 tablespoonsOlive Oil
- Bring 2 cups water and quinoa in a small saucepan and bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
- Let cool completely, then add tomatoes, cheese, basil, salt and pepper.
- Drizzle 2-3 tablespoons of oil on top and mix gently.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate to allow flavors time to blend.
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