Balsamic Quinoa Salad

Balsamic Quinoa Salad

Whether you’re preparing lunch, dinner, or a family BBQ, this simple quinoa salad will be a hit!  I have no self control when I make this killer quinoa salad and end up eating it with every meal until it’s gone.  Okay, sometimes it’s just my meal.  It’s tangy, zesty Balsamic dressing with lots of soft and crunchy textures make it pretty irresistible.     Quinoa has become more and more popular recently.  There’s a good reason why.  This super grain is power-packed with protein, fiber, iron, and other vitamins and minerals.  My favorite quinoa to purchase is truRoots Organic Quinoa.  I purchase a 4 lb bag which lasts at least 6 months or longer.   Since quinoa has a mild flavor and rice-like texture, I love throwing in a 1/2 cup when cooking rice.  No one will ever know you did!  Try it out with my Sesame Ginger Chicken Stir-fry recipe.  Don’t forget to let me know if you were able to health-punk your family.  I love hearing about successes!       Balsamic vinegar can cost anywhere from a few dollars up to $400!  As you can see, not all Balsamic vinegar are created equal.  I’m not a wine drinker (or any drinker for that matter besides water), but I imagine the concept to be similar.  The longer a bottle ages, the more expensive and better quality.  Fortunately for us who can’t afford a $400 bottle of vinegar, this $5 Colavita Aged Balsamic Vinegar has great flavor.  I also really like the thicker, creamier texture of this Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze.  It will create a thicker dressing, but absolutely to...

Mexican Rice

Print Mexican Rice Ingredients 1 Tbs Olive or Coconut Oil 1-1/2 cup brown rice 1/2 cup Quinoa rinsed in strainer 1 cup salsa READ INGREDIENTS! It should only have natural ingredients. 1 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed 1 cup frozen sweet corn Instructions In large skillet over medium heat, add olive/coconut oil. Heat for 1 minute and add brown rice and quinoa. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add 2-1/4 cup warm water and salsa. Bring to boil then cover. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes until rice and quinoa are soft. Combine black beans and corn with rice mixture. While stirring constantly, cook only until heated through. RICE TIP: The addition of quinoa to the brown rice increases fiber and protein to the meal without changing the texture and taste of the rice. Try sneaking in other healthy grains into your rice such as whole wheat cous cous or millet. Your family won't tell the difference or even know they're eating some great power...

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