Monday, July 25, 2011

SPROUTED QUINOA SALAD....YUM!

Hi there,

I made the most DELISH dinner tonight! I'm so excited to share it with you!

I bought this truRoots sprouted quinoa, i think, at Wegmans, or maybe at Arnold's Way????, I can't remember!!

I never thought to do anything RAW with it. I was planning on cooking it for Cliff, when i found it in the cubbard and was inspired to use it for my own dinner!

From http://www.truroots.com/

-Quick and easy to cook
-Low Glycemic Index
-High fiber
-Gluten-free
-Great protein source
-Rich in iron and antioxidants
-Complete amino acids
-Excellent source of lysine
-Alternative to pasta, rice, and couscous

truRoots produces the finest quality quinoa in partnership with organic family farmers on the high plains of the Andes in Bolivia. This tiny seed is one nature’s most healthful and rejuvenating foods – delightfully sweet, fluffy and moist. truRoots Organic Sprouted Quinoa is the perfect blend of traditional ancient wisdom and modern technology and convenience. Rich in nutrition and taste, quinoa has it all.

Cultivated for over 5000 years, quinoa was a dietary staple of the ancient Incas who called it the “mother-grain.” To the Incas, quinoa was more than a food. It was also currency and medicine. Its mystical properties were revered. The Incas believed quinoa gave life-supporting and healing gifts to their people. Modern science reveals that quinoa contains a full complement of amino acids and is higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates than cereal grains. A good source of iron, magnesium, and B vitamins, including folate, quinoa is also a notable vegetarian source of lysine, the amino acid that supports tissue growth and repair.

truRoots sprouts this extraordinary, ancient food to release its full nutritional potential. Not a true grain, quinoa is closely related to spinach, chard and beets. Sprouting increases vitamin content and activates natural enzymes. truRoots Organic Sprouted Quinoa unlocks the superior nutritional value of sprouted grains and brings it to your plate in a convenient form.

Versatile and easy to prepare, quinoa has unlimited potential. From breakfast to dinner, sprouted quinoa can be used in a host of recipes – cereals, salads, wraps, stuffings, soups, and stews. Substitute it for bulgur, rice, couscous, barley or millet. Fresh and lively, our truRoots Sprouted Quinoa can be cooked in as little as 15 minutes or left as a raw food and soaked in hot water for 30 minutes. Quick and easy to prepare, a meal can be made in 20 minutes or less.

truRoots Organic Sprouted Quinoa is rich in nutrition, taste and possibilities. Share the wealth. Add quinoa to your table!


_ _ _ _

What a quick fabulous product! They presoaked, sprouted and dehydrated for us already! We only have to rehydrate...and enjoy!

I felt so much like eating CEVICHE tonight (a chopped raw fish dish marinated in lime juice). Sooooo....instead of doing that, i made CEVICHE-inspired raw quinoa salad! It was SOOOOO good!!!

CEVICHE INSPIRED RAW QUINOA SALAD *
In a large bowl, add:
-1 cup of the truRoots sprouted quinoa
-1.5 cups of warm water
-2 Tbsp of garlic herb infused olive oil
-10 leaves of basil, shredded
-the juice of 1/2 lime and 1 whole lemon
-1 tsp of celtic salt (try 1/2 tsp first)
-2 drizzles of agave
-1 minced up tiny hot yellow pepper without the seeds (super hot and tiny, we're growing these in our garden)
-1 tsp garlic powder or some fresh chopped garlic
-1/8 cup chopped onion
-1/8 cup chopped green pepper
-1 stalk celery, chopped
-1/2 carrot, shredded
-3 large yellow cherry tomatoes, quartered

Stir up wet soupy salad and allow to sit for about 1.5 hours out on the countertop until alot of the liquid is absorbed. It will still be somewhat soupy, but it is yummy that way! Taste for seasoning and readjust. By then the quinoa kernals should not be crunchy anymore, but nice and soft.

Enjoy!

Man, oh, man-o-schewitz, this was SOOOOO good! The leftover "juice" was flavored so incredibly, i just slurped it up! It was like a soup, i loved it, i'm glad it was soupy!

* The amounts are all guestimations since i guestimated amounts after the fact of creating without measuring, so go easy on the salt and taste test for a pleasing balance of flavors! This was super citrusy, but that's what i was AFTER! The salt and spice and sweet hint from the agave perfectly balanced the ultra citrusy dressing.

This recipe contains all of the desirable 5 flavors to make raw savory food DELISH!
-salty (celtic salt and celery)
-sweet (agave and carrot)
-spicy (hot pepper, garlic, onion)
-bitter (basil)
-tart (lemon and lime juices).

The bland mild taste and grainy mouth feel of the quinoa created a wonderful backdrop for the delicious "ceviche" inspired marinade.

p.s. I didn't have any cilantro or you KNOW i would have added that! You know what would have been good in this, too? Some chopped fennel bulb with it's licoricey flavor...mmmm!

_ _ _ _

DONT FORGET! Will i see you there?








The 2ND Annual Vibrant Living Festival 2011

Harmony Hill Gardens
1341 Mill Road
Sellersville, PA 18960

JULY 31st, 2011
10am-7pm


All day passes are on sale now for only $15 per person when you follow this link and use the discount code "JOY"

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1587541379/ShareAbundance/16363922197


Featuring:
-Group Yoga
-Guided Meditation
-Musical Performers, Opera with Chef Michelle, and a DJ
-Delicious Low Fat Raw Vegan Food by Megan Elizabeth, Smoothies, Banana Ice Cream, and DURIAN ICE CREAM
-Lectures on Creating Healthy Bodies, Minds, Spirits, and Relationships
-Low Fat Raw Vegan Food Prep Demo by Megan Elizabeth
-Ending with a Drum Circle and Bonfire! (and smores? JK)

Check out the Schedule for the festival here: http://vibrantlivingfestival.com/ and please use the link above for purchasing tickets with the discount code "JOY".

Here's a fun video from Vibrant Living Festival 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M90NQWiUVe0


I hope to see you there! :)

xoxo michelle joy

1 comment:

Roxanne Cummins said...

Oh My Goodness!!! This Raw Quinoa salad sounds beyond amazing!! I have been searching for a recipe for a raw quinoa salad using TruRoots. I cannot wait to try this. Thank you for your wonderful creative Spirit!!