This was my first introduction to Clean Eating. I had heard all the benefits of Quinoa ( pronounced keen-wah ) and purchased a pack to try. Not knowing how to cook it, I started researching on the Internet and came across some blogs talking about A Big Bowl Of Goodness, so I thought I’d give it a crack! I wasn’t disappointed and before too long I was eating A Big Bowl Of Goodness everyday.
The best thing about this recipe is you can add whatever you have in your fridge or pantry ( as long as it’s clean and in moderation ).
So here’s my favourite concoction. Give it a go and I’d love to hear from you about your Big Bowl Of Goodness Creations.
Cooking Time: 15mins Serves: 2
1/2 Cup Quinoa (white,red, black or all combined) rinsed.
1 Cup Boiling Water
2 Tbs Dried Cranberries
2 Tbs Cucumber Sliced
2 Tbs Organic Feta Cheeses
2 Tbs Sunflower Seeds
2 tps Chia Seeds
1/4 Cup Red Onion Sliced
1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes Quartered or Halved
2 Handfuls of Rocket
200g chickpeas or Shaved Turkey or any protein you feel like.
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Dijon Mustard
A Pinch of Sea Salt
A Pinch of Cracked Pepper
Make sure to remember to rinse the Quinoa. Rinsing quinoa is an important step. The seeds are coated with saponins, naturally-occurring plant chemicals that can cause a bit of a bitter taste. Their purpose is to keep insects from eating the plant! While most quinoa is rinsed prior to packaging, it’s best to be safe and rinse it again. I like to put it in a bowl and swirl it around in water, drain in a very fine mesh strainer, and repeat a few more times, making sure the water is clear.
Place the Quinoa in a saucepan with the boiling water and bring to a boil. Once it starts boiling reduce the heat to a simmer and place the lid on. Let it simmer for 10mins or until the water is absorbed. Put aside to cool slightly.
Divide the rest of ingredients into 2 bowls.
Combine the dressing in a salad shaker or container with a lid and shake.
Divide the Quinoa into the 2 bowls and pour over the dressing. Give the salad a mix to coat it with the dressing.
Serve and Enjoy!
Note. You can add walnuts or almonds and any 200g of protein you would like. Play around with the flavours, but remember to keep your protein to 100g per person and don’t go overboard with the portion size. I’m confident you will fall in love with this as much as I have.