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Healthsmart Quinoa Tabouleh

3 cups cooked quinoa

2 cups, curly parsley, chopped (~ a whole bunch)

3 miniature cucumbers or 1 regular, chopped

½ c mint, chopped

2 large tomatoes, seeded, chopped (or 1 cup quartered grape tomatoes)

4 green onions, chopped

1 tsp Peachy Herbs

½ tsp cumin

Juice of 2 lemons (check taste if addnl lemon juice is needed)

3 tbsp EVOO

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

How to cook Quinoa

Measure 1 cup of dry quinoa in a small pot.

Rinse once or twice.

Add 1.5 cups water, cover and cook on medium low for 10-15 minutes.

After 8-10 minutes, check to see if addnl water is needed.

Combine all dressing ingredients and add to quinoa and vegetables, toss.

Nutrition Information per 12 oz serving

255 Calories, 6.5 g Protein, 19 g Carbohydrates, 8.9g Fat, 3.8g Fiber, 11mg Cholesterol

Technically, quinoa is a seed of a leafy plant similar to Swiss chard, but looks like a grain and was once considered ”gold of the Incas”. It is gluten-free, complete in protein (all essential amino acids), high in fiber, magnesium, vitamin E, calcium, iron, zinc, B vitamins and abundant in cancer-fighting antioxidants. It takes less time to cook quinoa than brown rice, and only contains 15 calories from fat in 1 serving!! Not to mention that it is so filling, so you’ll eat less of it and thus it falls in the “weight loss food” category…… your NEW BEST FRIEND!

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