Wednesday, 7 August 2013


[ I N  H E A L T H Y  D I S H E S ]
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I recently started getting into super foods and finding out more about "the raw food diet" out of curiosity,
 however after really learning about eating raw and the nutritional benefits it can offer, I've decided to focus more 
recipes on eating healthy and clean eating! It's important to nurture our body  with good quality food and in the
 long run it helps us with anti- ageing  better quality of life, weight loss, better skin, nails and overall emotional balance! 

This Quinoa salad is super healthy and delicious, with this soy peanut dressing it turns the salad towards the 
asian side, and brings it to a whole other level of flavour! The soft fluffy quinoa is balanced with the crunch of 
the peanuts and crunchy raw veggies and the sauce is to die for!! 
I made this dish a few times for my friends, and everyone has been wanting the recipe! So here you go peeps!! 
It's a no fail recipe and you can add any other nuts or veggies if you like or simple
 add whatever veggies you have in the fridge and try it! 

Here are some healthy facts about Quinoa in case you all wanted to know! 

QUINOA is actually a seed, rather than a grain, that can be traced back to ancient Peru.
Looks a bit like couscous and is as versatile as rice, but it has a richer, nuttier flavour than either of them

Reasons why we should eat QUINOA!
Quinoa is packed with many vitamins and minerals including:
Heart-healthy monounsaturated fat (oleic acid), and omega-3 fatty acid (a-linolenic acid)
Antioxidant phytonutrients called flavonoids
Essential minerals including manganese, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper, selenium
Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, E,
Soluble and insoluble fiber


 [ I N G R E D I E N T S ]


1 1/2 cups Water
3/4 Cup uncooked Quinoa
1 Red Capsicum [ Diced ]
1 Yellow Capsicum [ Diced ]
1 Green Capsicum [ Diced ]
 1/2 Shredded Red Cabbage
 1/2 Red Onion  [ Diced ]
 1 Carrot [ Grated ]
 1/2 Cup Honey roasted Peanuts or any other nuts
 OPTIONAL: Parsley or Lime Wedges to serve


 1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
 1 Tbsp Agave Nectar or Honey
 2 Tsp Freshly Grated Ginger
 2 Tbsp soy sauce
 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar, or vinegar
 1 Tsp Sesame Oil
 1 Tsp olive oil

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  [ D I R E C T I O N S ]

1. Wash Quinoa under running water or you can soak for 15 min and Rinse out all the impurities. 
2. In a pot of boiling water, add Quinoa, turn to low heat, cover with lid and let it cook for 15 min, or until all the liquid has been absorbed.

3. This is what quinoa should look like , light and fluffy! Fluff it out with a fork ! 
4. Roughly chop all the vegetables into nice cube size, enough for some crunchy texture! 
5. Combine all the salad dressing ingredients together in a bowl and stir until nice and even!
6. Add half the dressing in the cooked quinoa and mix, taste as you go until its the perfect flavour! Don't overdo it, as you don't want it to be too salty.

7. Add all the vegetables into the salad, or you can choose how much you want in it. 
8. Add the remainder of the dressing and taste! The vegetables tone down some
 of the flavour so it's good to add more dressing, tasting as you go along. 

9. Top the salad off with some honey roasted peanuts or other nuts of your choice!
10. OPTIONAL: For some extra colour and freshness, add in parsley or serve with some lime ! 

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