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Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Life |



Let’s lighten up a little today. Deep concerns over recent current events have me feeling heavy and weighed down. Perhaps today would be appropriate for a lighter topic. Actually, it’s a lot lighter – a summer recipe with quinoa. Have you tried it?

Quinoa has become one of my favorite foods. I stumbled on this salad recipe last year and it is one of my favorites, especially on a hot summer day. Quinoa, pronounced “keen-wah” is a grain that is becoming increasingly popular. Even the Pope will receive a quinoa communion wafer during his visit to Bolivia this week! The National Restaurant Association has named quinoa as a hot trend in side dishes among chefs. Quinoa is gluten free, full of fiber, rich in iron and vitamin B, and has a nutty flavor.

Quinoa Salad (Serves 6) (Photo: Karen Kinnaird )

Quinoa Salad (Serves 6)
(Photo: Karen Kinnaird )

The Whole Grains Council states, “It’s not surprising that quinoa supports good health, as it’s one of the only plant foods that’s a complete protein, offering all the essential amino acids in a healthy balance.” Referred to as the “mother grain” and as a “super food” quinoa is available in white, red and black. Quinoa flakes and flour are available, usually at health food stores.

  1. Bring to a boil over low heat:
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  1. Cover and simmer slowly for 15 to 20 minutes until the grains are cooked but still firm. Remove from heat and add:
  • 2 diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced bell peppers
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 cup chopped kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion

Toss everything together and add Lemon Oregano Dressing.

Lemon Oregano Dressing

Whisk together well:

  • 1/4 cup EVOO
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • juice and finely minced zest of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

 This dish is fresh, healthy and filling. The combinations are endless. Give it a try!

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Karen Kinnaird

Karen Kinnaird serves as the Spiritual Development Team Coordinator at Council Road Baptist Church. She loves to encourage and support church planting pastors and wives. She and her husband Jimmy are parents to three young adults and grandparents to two grandsons, Hudson and Asher.

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