It has quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) and spelt and dried cranberries and olive oil and curry powder and brazil nuts and other things.
Its basically a health food freak's dream salad. So where did I find it?
The Cafe Flora Cookbook, of course!
Curried Whole Grain Salad Pg 102
I have SO. MUCH. QUINOA. Why? Because every time I go grocery shopping, I decide to buy some, in hopes that I'll start eating it on a regular basis.
"What the hell's so great about quinoa?" all the non-hippies ask. Here's a bulleted list of it's greatness:
- It's gluten-free.
- It has an assload of vitamins and minerals, including calcium, fiber, b-vitamins, riboflavin, manganese, and all sorts of other shit.
- It has a 12 - 18 % protein content! Yay!
- It has all 9 essential amino acids.
You know how you cook rice?
Yeah. Cook this stuff EXACTLY like rice.
2:1 ratio of water to quinoa. Boil the water, then put the quinoa in, lower heat to a simmer, cover it, and wait about 15 minutes. Then eat it.
So for this recipe, you need to soak a cup of spelt or wheat berries (I chose spelt) for 8 hours beforehand.
8 hours later, please cook your quinoa (1/2 cup worth).
This is dry quinoa!
This is cooked quinoa! Notice the cute little swirly things! <3
After all this, you will cook your soaked spelt.
MIX 'EM TOGETHER....
THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE ^^^^
Then, you'll make your dijon curry vinagrette. You basically mix these ingredients:
I can't remember the exact proportions, but this sauce includes agave nectar, olive oil, pepper, salt, dijon mustard, curry powder, and a little lemon juice.
Then chop up some nuts (I chose brazil nuts)
Then some cranberrries (dried)
Then mix it all together....
And feast like a true hippie! YEAH!
Ease of preparation: 4/5
Simple instructions, mildly time-consuming. Especially with the presoaking.
Bright tastes, nutty, delicious texture. A little heavy, though, for a "salad" type dish.
Bright colors and fancy looking grains! Sure to impress non-vegans with it's trendy little weirdness.