A Joyous Relaxations

Tasty Quinoa Recipes

Image

Much like kale, quinoa is one of those foods. I see it everywhere lately, from food blogs to lunch menus to dinner parties. And there's a good reason why: it's quick to make, simple and inexpensive, and much higher in protein than many other grains. So when a reader wrote in this week asking for protein-heavy vegetarian dishes, a big bowl of spring vegetable quinoa salad seemed like the easy choice. If you've never cooked quinoa before, it's pretty simple. Once you get the hang of it, the amino acid-rich seed may just became a new household staple as it has in our house. With its fluffy, light, almost creamy flavor, it pairs well with most vegetables, soft cheeses, eggs, and beans. For this recipe, I used red quinoa because it's what we had on hand. But feel free to use a more traditional white quinoa instead. What I love most about this recipe is that it's such a colorful celebration of the season, but also that the dressing is such a simple, bright dash of lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper. For vegetarians and meat eaters alike, this recipe is spring encapsulated. A few quick notes: I do quickly cook the asparagus and peas together. I don't find it changes the flavor of either and it's quicker this way. While I use goat cheese for this recipe, it would be wonderful with an even saltier cheese like ricotta salata if you have that on hand.

Our Latest Posts

GROCERY STORE BASICS FOR WHOLE FOODS SHOPPING

Image

One of the toughest challenges about changing to a whole foods diet More...

EASY THANKSGIVING TURKEY RECIPE

Image

There’s something magical about the holidays. Seeing friends and More...

Tasty Quinoa Recipes

Image

Much like kale, quinoa is one of those foods. I see it everywhere lately More...