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February 14, 2019 /
Be Well

​Veggie Quinoa Dish

  • Cooking Time 20 mins

  • Servings 6-8

  • Health Benefit Vegan, Gluten Free, Nutrient Rich

The Story Behind This Recipe: At my last 2018 Retreat in Del Mar, California, Chef Amber Thiel served what she called a Succotash Salad alongside Herb Roasted Chicken, Pepita crusted Salmon, a green salad, a potato salad and cornbread! It was a delicious feast and her Succotash Salad was one of the highlights. Her dish inspired me to create a variation with more of the veggies I like.

My veggie quinoa dish features green peas and broccoli along with some other yummy vegetables and grains.

Green peas come from a family of plants based on herbs, originating in the Himalayan plains of northwest India. They are a little sweet and so nutrient rich, containing good fats, healthy amounts of fibers, vitamins and minerals.

Here are a couple Green peas highlights:

  • low in calories (especially in comparison with beans) while there’s about a third of a gram of total fat per cup, most of it is HDL – the “good” kind.
  • contain healthy amounts of fiber, which helps clean the system
  • rich in B-vitamins,including the folates
  • Vitamin C which provides ascorbic acid, a water-soluble, free radical-neutralizing antioxidant well known for fighting infection, preventing colds and flu, and building up disease resistance.
  • Green peas are a rich source of many minerals such as calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and manganese, vitamin K, vitamin A, and folate.

This is my variation on the original recipe.

**Remember to use organic ingredients!

*This dish is vegan, Gluten Free and loaded with nutrient dense goodness.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups broccoli, steamed til tender
  • 2 cups green peas
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (or brown rice)
  • 1 small organic red bell pepper, seeds removed, diced
  • 2-3 green onions, white ends removed, thin sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, thin sliced
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground thyme or 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp raw, unsalted sliced almonds (optional)
Directions

1. Steam peas and broccoli in boiling water for about 4 minutes, or until tender. Drain and add to large bowl.

2. Add cooked quinoa, celery, red bell pepper, green onions, and basil. Mix all ingredients together; set aside.

3. In a separate small bowl, whisk olive oil, lemon juice, thyme, sea salt, and black pepper together until emulsified to make a dressing.

4. Pour dressing over veggie, quinoa mixture. Use a spoon to stir all ingredients until well combined. If using, sprinkle almond slices into mixture; toss well.

5. Cover and chill for approximately 30 minutes before serving.

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