Monday, 24 September 2012

Red Quinoa Spring Salad

Red Quinoa Spring Salad

Quinoa is one one my most very favourite foods! It's so good for you, quick to make and gives you wonderfully sustained energy through the day.

When I'm filming something, I always bring a small tub of cooked quinoa to set so I can either snack on it or usually I add it to the vegies I've been served by catering. 

Quinoa has the most complete proteins of any grain and is an amazing source of vitamins & minerals- iron, magnesium, vitamin E, potassium, all 9 essential amino acids and fibre.
Quinoa is packed full of the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair- (great if you're in an action movie!)
Quinoa is really good if you suffer from migranes, headaches, diabetes or anemia beause of the manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and phoshorus that is packed inside each tiny grain.


What you need:

1 cup Red Quinoa (or quinoa of your choice)
handful snow peas
handful green beans
1 tomato
a few baby celery stalks with leaves
1/2 lemon

What you do:

Cook your quinoa by firstly soaking for at least 4 hrs or overnight (this isn't essential but will make the the meal easier to digest and better for you), then give the grains a good rinse and pop in a pot and cover with water so theres about 2cm water abouve the grains.
Bring to the boil and cook for about 10 mins, drain then pop back into hot pot cover with a lid then let stand for about 10-15 mins.

During this process, boil your kettle. Pop your green beans & snow peas in a bowl and cover with boiling water.

Drain after a few minutes so they're still crunchy.

Mix all ingredients together with a pinch of salt and a drizzle of oil.



This is such a quick, easy and deliciously filling salad that always makes me happy.
It's also great to pop into a lunch box and take with you to rehearsals or if to have a generally busy out & about day.