Sep 092013
 

Citrus Kale with Quinoa Salad (1) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

In spite of many people already feeling Fall, we are still enjoying summer. As a matter of fact, part of July and August were so overcast here that we thought that this year we would not have summer at all…luckily, summer is finally here at the South Bay. We have been spending a lot of time walking at the beach and enjoying the weather…with that being said, I am still in the mood for salad.

This is the first time that I made salad with kale. I usually make kale chips or add to soup….after seeing so many kale salads,  I decided to  eat it raw, and I felt in love with it, although I must admit that my husband did not care much for it. He is a little biased because he never liked kale and after baking loads and loads of kale chips he finally started to accept them…maybe after more batches of kale salad, he will acquire the taste for it…

Since kale is kind of chewy, I decided to add quinoa so the texture of the  kale could be masked by the soft and nutty flavor of quinoa. And citrus dressing was a natural way to break the bitterness of the kale…

Ingredients:

1 bunch of kale, I used the curly ones
5 to 6 tablespoon orange champagne muscat vinegar, I used the one from Trade Joe’s
½ red quinoa (or regular quinoa)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Dry cranberry to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
1 can of Mandarin oranges
Roasted sliced almond

Citrus Kale with Quinoa Salad (2) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

Method:

Cook the quinoa according to the instruction on the package. Once cooked, let it cool and place in the refrigerator for approximately 1 to 2 hours.

In the meantime, remove the kale leaves from the ribs and torn the leaves into small pieces (1/2 inch). Wash thoroughly and spin it dry.

In a bowl, add the orange champagne muscat vinegar and using your hands, gently squeeze the kale leaves until tilted. Place in the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes.

Remove the kale leaves from the refrigerator and add all the ingredients but the toasted sliced almond and Mandarin oranges.

Mix until all the ingredients are well mixed.

Place in serving bowl and sprinkle with the toasted almond and Mandarin oranges.

Citrus Kale with Quinoa Salad (3) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

Citrus Kale with Quinoa Salad (4) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

Citrus Kale with Quinoa Salad (5) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

If you enjoy this simple and quick recipe of kale salad you might want to check on Kale Chip or Quinoa Salad with Mint recipe.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that kale is super rich in vitamin K? Vitamin K is crucial for the body function but one has to be cautious since too much vitamin K can interfere with some anticoagulant medications. Moreover, kale contains oxalate which affects the absorption of calcium, therefore avoid eating calcium rich food with kale.

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Jul 082013
 

Quinoa with Mint (1) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

I hope all of my friends from US had a great holiday weekend…we had a wonderful time with family and friend with lots of BBQ and to finalize the party we saw the fireworks from the rooftop…it was a beautiful day…

I got this idea after having quinoa salad at the Stonefire Grill. Although the one that is offered at the restaurant comes only with lemon, mint and green onion, I decided to dress a little more when making my version of the quinoa salad.

This simple recipe for quinoa salad is refreshing and so good…super simple to put together…just prepare the quinoa as described on the package and have cucumber, tomatoes and lots of fresh mint. It is great as a side dish for any kind of meat, poultry, or even as a whole meal.

Quinoa with Mint (2) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

Ingredients:

1 ½ cup cooked quinoa, cooled
2 tomatoes seed removed and chopped
1 small cucumber, seed removed and cut into small pieces
Fresh mint to taste
Fresh lemon juice to taste
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Mix all the ingredients in a medium bowl and refrigerate for ½ to 1 hour before serving.

Quinoa with Mint (3) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

Quinoa with Mint (4) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe for quinoa salad…if you are looking for more recipe with quinoa, you might want to check on Red Quinoa with Chicken or Bell Pepper Stuffed with Quinoa.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations) has officially declared the year of 2013 as “The International Year of the Quinoa” ? Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain and its amino acid balance is close to the idea, similar to milk.

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Jun 132011
 

This is a very simple way to prepared quinoa. You have all you need in one bowl and it sure makes a great one dish meal. When making this dish I always take the leftover for the next day lunch. It is tasty and colorful so everyone around asks what I am eating…

Ingredients:

1 ½ cup red quinoa

1 cup of cubed carrot
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup frozen soy bean

1 small onion, chopped

1 chicken breast in cubes
2-3 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon soy sauce
½ tablespoon corn starch
½ tablespoon olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil

Method:

Cook the quinoa according to the instruction in the box.
In another pan cook the carrots, corn and soybean in a hot water. Set aside. In the meantime marinate the chicken with garlic, soy sauce, olive oil and corn starch for 5 to 10 minutes.
In a wok pan stir fry the chicken breast with olive oil, and set aside. In the same pan sautee the onion in olive oil, when slightly soft add the chicken, quinoa and the veggies. Mix gently, add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that germinated quinoa has an even higher nutritional values than its raw form? To germinate the seed, just place them in a glass of water for 2-4 hours.

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Oct 182010
 

Meatloaf with red Quinoa

After coming home for a long vacation and not cooking/baking during this time, I felt that my cooking skill was somehow affected :-), so decided to make something very simple by modifying a meatloaf recipe using quinoa.

It is a very easy recipe, just mix all the ingredients together, place in the oven and you have a beautiful meal.

By the way, will post pictures and experiences of our vacation in Turkey and Greece shortly 🙂

Ingredients:

1 lb lean ground beef
1 lb lean ground pork
1 cup red quinoa, rinsed and pre-soaked in water for about 30 minutes
1 small onion finely chopped
3 tomatoes without seed and chopped
2 green onion chopped
½ bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped
½ teaspoon ground all spice
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together.

Place in a oven safe dish and bake for 40 minutes at 350F.

Serve hot.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that quinoa has naturally a coat of saponins which makes it bitter? But the ones that we buy are processed, so the saponins which are toxic are removed. Quinoa is gluten free, therefore is easily digested.

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Jul 192010
 

I have been trying to cook more with quinoa, so I decided to substitute the grain in the stuffed bell peppers with quinoa. I usually use cracked wheat or rice. The way that I prepared this bell peppers are very easy and simple and sure makes a great one meal dish.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup quinoa
1 lb lean ground beef
2 tomatoes, seed removed and chopped
½ large onion chopped
¼ cup chopped cilantro
1/3 teaspoon ground all spice
1 tablespoon olive oil
5~6 medium size green bell peppers
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Rinse the quinoa and let it drain well. Mix all the ingredients together, except the olive oil and stuff the bell peppers.

In a large skillet heat the olive oil and place the stuffed bell peppers with the stuffing facing the pan. Let the meat brown for a few minutes. Turn the bell peppers and add 1 cup of hot water.

Cover and let it cook for approximately 15 minutes.

Serve it hot.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is a seed? Quinoa’s origin is ancient from the Andes Mountain of South America, Inca civilization. Quinoa is known for its high content of protein, it is gluten free and easy to digest.

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