I was rummaging through the fridge one day wondering what to have for lunch and stumbled upon a medley of random ingredients I knew would make an awesome salad. I had some chicken from one night, and some chopped veggies from another night’s taco dinner, and fresh herbs in the garden and a random bit of goat cheese leftover. Don’t ya just love how leftovers can meld together so nicely sometimes?!
Thankfully, I have been keeping already cooked quinoa on hand for such an occasion as this.
Quinoa is great for those who do not eat grains and need an alternative. It’s not a grain but can act as a grain replacement in many dishes. It’s also chock full of nutrients and especially good for you when soaked prior to cooking (as soaking removes the saponins and anti-nutrients). However, I do not recommend quinoa for those healing a leaky gut. When I do make quinoa I cook it in homemade chicken stock to enhance its nutritive qualities and flavor. I use this basic recipe for quinoa from Real Food Kosher.
- 2 heaping cups cooked quinoa
- 2 cups cooked chicken, diced (for optimal flavor, use grilled chicken)
- ½ cup red onion, diced
- ½ cup cucumber, diced
- 2½ oz. goat cheese, crumbled (or feta would also be nice)
- 4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice
- Handful of mint, minced
- Handful of oregano, minced (or whatever fresh herbs float your boat or are on hand)
- Place all the ingredients in a bowl, toss together and serve over a bed of lettuce, or by itself topped with some salsa or chopped olives and toasted pine nuts.
- To make the quinoa: Place 2 cups quinoa in a bowl and cover with warm water for 12 hours or overnight.
- Strain the quinoa through a fine mesh strainer.
- Place in a pot with 4 cups water or chicken stock and a teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low and cook for 1 hour.
- Option: Make a big batch of quinoa and portion into containers in portions (usually 2 cups is a good amount of cooked quinoa) and then freeze it.
This post has been contributed to the ‘Two for Tuesdays Blog Hop‘ over at A Moderate Life.
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