Tuesday, January 31, 2012


I love quinoa! It makes a filling and healthy meal or side dish, and it's so easy to prepare. Quinoa tastes great with so many ingredients but here is just one of the ways in which I like to prepare it...

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 Persian cucumbers (aka mini seedless cucumbers)
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 5 large asparagus stalks
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

To prepare the quinoa:
Rinse the quinoa.  Place 1 cup of quinoa into a pot and add 2 cups of water.  Bring the water to a boil, cover, then let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes (until all the water is gone).  Place quinoa in a bowl and put in the refrigerator to cool.

Steam asparagus, cool, and chop.

Chop cucumber, avocado, and shallots; add to quinoa along with asparagus. 

Squeeze lemon juice, add olive oil, salt and pepper.

Mix and enjoy!

Bad Joan