Summer Quinoa

THIS DISH WILL BRING YOU GLOW FROM WITHIN. It’s refreshing and lovely. It contains carrot and parsley (think vitamin A and C), and chili pepper (think aromatic and spicy). Perfect with a glass of good red wine on a lazy, hot summer eve.

RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT QUINOA CONTAINS anti-inflammatory phytonutrients that are healthy for the bowels!

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SUMMER QUINOA

Prep time: 20 minutes. Serves: 2

125g of quinoa, boiled for about 15 minutes (prepare according to instructions on the pack you are using)
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 red chili pepper, minced
4 sun dried delicious tomatoes, diced
1/2 cucumber (preferably organic), diced
1/2 handful of parsley leaves (or more if you like), chopped
Pepper to taste. This is the one dish where I think salt is really not neccessary (and in fact might ruin the intended flavour).

In a pan, heat up a table spoon of olive oil on low heat and when it gets warm, throw in the onion and carrots. Heat for about 7-10 minutes (until the onion has become softer and the carrots are looking slightly golden), on low heat, stirring occasionally. Then add the chilly pepper and heat for another 1-3 minutes (depending on how hot you want the dish to be). Add the garlic and heat for another 2 minutes, still stirring occasionally. Does it look soft and golden but not too saggy? Then it’s done! Remove from heat and add to the quinoa in a big bowl. Then toss in the tomato, cucumber and parsley. Your delicious meal is now done. Enjoy!

Benefits of this meal

RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT QUINOA CONTAINS anti-inflammatory phytonutrients that are healthy for the bowels!

CARROTS CONTAIN A GREAT DOSE OF the right dose of vitamin A (one carrot per day contains enough of it). This anti-oxidant will give your skin a healthy color and keep your eyesight sharp in the night! Did you know that people who consume their daily dose of vitamin A were actually voted more attractive than people AND than people with a tan? Unfortunately, I couldn’t dig up the link to the study! Anyway, one last thing: heating carrots makes vitamin A more easily absorbed than when they are raw, and don’t forget to add some oil or grass-fed butter for even better absorption, since vitamin A is fat-soluble.

PARSLEY & TOMATO ARE a great source of vitamin C as well as lycopene, needed for every day bodily functions and fighting radical damage in your body (including sun damage!).

CHILI PEPPER CONTAINS the amazing capsaicin? And chili pepper madness?? These little flavor bombs are also good for clear skin and will help you sweat out all those nasty toxin’s you’ve been collecting all week (month?? year?!). They are also good for dieting!

GARLIC & ONION are unrecognised superfoods! Eating them regularly will help your immunity!

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