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Quinoa with Feta and Pear Recipe

Move over rice; quinoa is my go-to choice for a gluten-free side dish. Why? Not just because it can replace rice in several dishes, quinoa contains more protein than any other grain. Technically a seed and not a grain, quinoa is high in protein compared to most plant foods, and contains all eight essential amino acids. It is also higher in unsaturated fats and lower in carbohydrates than most grains.

The sweetness of the pear with the saltiness of the feta accompanied by herbs and onion makes this quinoa recipe with feta a favourite in our home. We enjoy it as a hot side dish, and it tastes even better cold!

Quinoa with Feta and Pear

Ingredients

1 cup (250 mL) quinoa

2 cups water

½ organic chicken or vegetable bouillon

Dash of sea salt

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium onion, minced

½ red pepper, diced

½ orange pepper, diced

2 green onions, sliced

1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves

¼ teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon of chopped or dried herbs of your choice – I like thyme, marjoram, sage or all three

Dash black pepper

1 cup Feta cheese, crumbled

1 Bosc pear, chopped

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Method

Rinse quinoa in cold water and drain well. In saucepan, bring water and quinoa with bouillon and salt to a boil.  Reduce heat and cook until quinoa is cooked, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.

Meanwhile in a pan, sautee olive oil with onion and garlic. Add peppers, green onions and herbs and cook on low until soft. Remove from heat.

Add vegetables to quinoa. Stir in lemon juice, pear and feta and stir. Tastes wonderful hot or cold!

 

Easy Cranberry Walnut Apple Quinoa Salad

This quinoa salad is bursting with flavour! With the addition of fresh apple, tangy cranberries, and toasted walnuts, this protein-packed salad is a nice change from a regular leaf salad.

High in protein and fiber, quinoa [KEEN-wah] is not only tasty, it’s versatile; you can add it to any salad variation.

Easy Cranberry Walnut Quinoa

Ingredients

1 cup white and red quinoa
1 cup chicken broth, vegetable broth, or water
1 cup spinach
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 green onions, chopped
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1 apple, chopped
1/3 cup toasted walnuts
optional – 1/3 cup Feta cheese

Easy Cranberry Apple Walnut Quinoa Salad | amotherworld

Dressing

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp lemon juice

Method

Cook the quinoa in the broth or water until cooked, for about 20 minutes. Allow to cool. Meanwhile, in a frying pan, toast walnuts for several minutes, being careful not to burn. Remove from pan. Sautee the spinach in olive oil until soft, and cool. Chop apple into small chunks. When everything has cooled, mix together all quinoa ingredients, including the dried cranberries. Optional – add some crumbled feta if you like.

Add all the dressing ingredients to a small bowl and stir until well blended. Add dressing to quinoa mix. Enjoy!

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