Quinoa is a plant based protein which is indigenous to the Andes region in South America. One cup of cooked quinoa has about 8 grams of protein which is great for vegetarians. It also is high in fiber and a good source of iron. I also prefer to wash quinoa well as they are coated with a natural compound called saponin to prevent birds etc from eating the grains. Saponin is a soapy residue and quinoa can taste bitter if not rinsed well.
Brussels sprout and cabbage are both cruciferous in nature which inhibits cancer cells in the body. Turmeric is native to India and is anti-inflammatory. It is widely used all over India and now the Western world is appreciating its health quotient.
All in all this is a salad which is extremely healthy and can be had as a meal. I love whipping up meals like this. Come let’s make this interesting salad.
About 45 minutes
- 1 ½ cups quinoa, washed well and soaked for 20 minutes
- 3 cups of water to cook quinoa plus salt and few pinches of turmeric
- 1 cup brussels sprout, halved
- 2 tsp oil plus salt and pepper to season brussels sprout
- 1 cup cabbage, finely shredded
- 8-10 bottled jalapenos, chopped, optional
- For the dressing:
- 2-3 tbsp lemon juice
- 2-3 tbsp oil
- ½ tsp sugar, optional
- 1-2 tsp crushed red chili
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- Salt to taste
- Avocado wedges to serve
Preheat the oven to 400 degree F. When preheated, place brussels sprout in an ovenproof dish and season with oil, salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes and keep aside.
Meanwhile drain and cook quinoa in 3 cups of water with salt to taste and turmeric. After 10-15 minutes quinoa is done. Cool for a bit.
Mix the dressing ingredients with a whisk and keep aside.
In a large bowl add quinoa, brussels sprout, cabbage and jalapenos. Add the dressing and toss well. Serve with avocado wedges.
I have seasoned every component of the salad with salt -quinoa, brussels sprout and the dressing. So use salt accordingly.
The famous proverb "you are what you eat” as quoted by the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is very true. Food nourishes you from the inside out. Good health is of utmost importance to me. Vegetarianism and Veganism are gaining immense popularity these days. Natural, organic, healthy and homemade is my mantra.
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