Quinoa Tabouleh

Quinoa is one of those grains you should incorporate into your diet if you haven’t already. With its delicate, nutty flavor it is high in protein, lysine and other amino acids. A good source of calcium, iron, phosphorus, a variety of B vitamins and vitamin E, this ancient staple of the Incas is a superfood! For the quinoa tabouleh you will need:

quinoa tabouleh

  1. 1 cup dried quinoa
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  4. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 2-3 Roma tomatoes
  6. 1 small cucumber, chopped
  7. 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, chopped
  8. 3/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  9. 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  10. extra-virgin olive oil, to taste
  11. sea salt & pepper, to taste

Directions:

Bring the quinoa and 2 cups water to boil. Turn the heat to low and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. Prepare all other ingredients, and when the quinoa is finished, combine quinoa, onions, garlic, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, mint leaves and salt & pepper in a large serving bowl. When you are ready to eat, drizzle salad with olive oil and lemon juice.

Serves: 4-6

Bon Appetit!

quinoa tabouleh

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Tofu Scramble Lettuce Wraps, Italian Style

Every once in a while, I like to make a tofu scramble for breakfast. By playing around with various spices and condiments, the possibilities to suit your palate are endless. Tofu scrambles are an excellent way to start your day with a protein-rich breakfast while remaining easy and quick to prepare. For this particular tofu scramble, you will need:

  1. 1 tbsp. olive oil, extra-virgin
  2. 1 cup leeks, thinly sliced
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 lb firm tofu, crumbled into small pieces
  5. 1/2 cup tomato, diced
  6. 2 tsp. nutritional yeast
  7. 1 tbsp. organic shoyu (soy sauce)
  8. 1 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  9. 2 tsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  10. sea salt, and black pepper to taste
  11. 4 lettuce leaves, rinsed and set aside on plates.

Directions: 

Place oil in a sauté pan on medium heat. Add leeks and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes. Add crumbled tofu. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring often. Add remaining ingredients (except fresh herbs), continuing to stir for another 5 minutes. Incorporate fresh herbs. Remove pan from heat and dish the tofu scramble into lettuce leaves. Eat with your hands!

tofu scramble lettuce wraps, italian style