Fresh Quinoa Tabbouleh

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I spent some time this past weekend working on new fall recipes.  As much as I love fall, I have to admit I am not completely ready to dive into one of my favorite times of the year.  I am kind of standing on the steps in the shallow end slowly making my way into the deep end.

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While part of me wants to dive head first into fall another part is telling me to look around.  It’s still so hot here, very summer like.  My garden is also producing so many fresh vegetables.  With that in mind, I decided to stay a little lighter this week with my recipes.  This tabouleh salad, made from all garden picked vegetables and herbs, was so fresh and delicious I had to make another batch.  I’m sure by next week my fall loving self will be all about the root vegetables and pumpkin everything!

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Quinoa Tabbouleh:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 pint quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 1 cup packed parsley, diced
  • 1/2 cup packed mint, diced
  • 1/4 cup packed cilantro, diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion chopped
  • Juice from 1 medium lemon
  • Drizzle of olive oil, about 1 tbsp
  • 1/2 tbsp chili flakes – more or less depending on spice preference
  • Large dash of salt and fresh cracked pepper
  1. Rinse all veggies and herbs.  Make sure to dry herbs well, makes dicing a lot easier.  Dice and chop ingredients.
  2. Toss everything together in large bowl.
  3. For best results, refrigerate for about an hour before serving.
  4. Enjoy alone or with fresh pita and falafel

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So what’s good with this salad?  A lot!  First using the quinoa adds lots a protein, but the real stars are the greens.  Sadly, parsley is usually thought of as a garnish, but this little herb has loads of good.  A relative of celery, (and celery seriously kicks butt) parsley has a rare oil that help to prohibit tumor growth and fight carcinogens.  It is high in vitamin A and C, rich in antioxidants, and high in folic acid, which helps stop bad cell division.  The mint is a very soothing herb and rich in traditional vitamins and nutrients, A, C, manganese, beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin B2.  Cilantro is a healing herb.  It is an anti-inflammatory, blood-sugar stabilizer, (bad) cholesterol lower-er, and has some antibacterial elements.  Wow!  (source: whfoods)

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Enjoy feeding your body with glorious goodness

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