Quinoa Veggie Salad 🍲


If you are anything like me and  not been eating healthy  your entire life but you want to change now before its too late, then you would understand how difficult it is to get in on a healthy routine . Finding healthy alternatives is soo sooo difficult. Some people make it look so easy with so and so diets but what works for them might not work for you. So its really difficult to come to a conclusion with what works for you and your lifestyle. 

Im the sort of person who will eat healthy as long its yummy. Complicated.I can’t eat something just because its healthy, it needs to satisfy my taste buds!! And soo , most healthy recipes online seem pretty extreme to me, like how can you even eat that.  I simply wont eat something , no matter how convincing or life changing it could be. Hence I’m always on the lookout for healthy recipes , sometimes coming up with it on my own or making changes to some recipe I found online. 

This recipe uses Quinoa as the main ingredient. The main reason I think quinoa is so good for you is because it tastes just like rice and its so fillling minus all that gluten that rice has. From where I come from , rice is a staple food. There is rice in most of the dishes we prepare  so finding an alternative  was important.There are rices , like the brown rice and other varieties which do not contain. Gluten but you can’t use them to make most dishes. I do not have any problems with consuming gluten but I try my best to avoid it due to the role it plays in messing  up your skin.

Why avoiding Gluten can be the answer to your skin problems ?

Poor skin is can be due to a bad skin care routine or due to underlying problems within the body. Yes , what you eat does affect your skin and no it is not a myth. Gluten is linked to causing skin problems such as spots on the forehead , cheeks and chin ,puffy and swollen cheeks , and mostly hyperpigmentation around the chin area. Gluten should be avoided if you struggle with acne , as it makes your gut more permeable , allowing it to pass through certain protiens into the bloodstream which would have been otherwise eliminated as waste.This causes inflammation leading to acne.

As a biotechnoligist , I totally understand this. There is this insulin like growth factor that gets affected ( IGF-1 ) causing your blood sugar to rise to cause acne and yada yada. If I begin telling you about gluten that would be an all new post altogether so lets not get into the details but what Im trying to say is , what you put into your body affects how you feel and look. Its about time I share the recipe , I guess i’ve said enough. 

Benefits of Quinoa

What it contains :

  • all the essential amino acids that your body cannot produce but is required for healthy functioning. It’s the complete protien.
  • naturally gluten free
  • very high in minerals such as zinc, potassium, iron and particularly high in magnesium.
  • rich in antioxidants, Ive already stressed on how important antioxidants are in another post. I’ll put the link up here —->  ( https://attwenty.org/2016/07/20/very-berry-shake/ )
  • energizing superfood , gives the consumer strength and stamina.

What it can do for you:

  • aids with weight loss
  • lowers blood pressure
  • prevents cancer
  • stress fighter
  • better skin
  • teeth health
  • treats diabetes
  • treats hemorrhoids
  • helps with migraines
  • heart and colon health
  • bone health ( for us ladies )
  • energy booster
  • antiseptic 
  • antioxidants 

 

RECIPE: QUINOA SALAD

Cooking time: 20 mins

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup of Organic quinoa (any variety)
  2. veggies of your choice ( I used broccoli , carrots , chickpeas , cucumbers , potatoes and green peas) You can add how much ever you want.
  3. 1 garlic pod 
  4. Half onion ( diced)
  5. Olive oil
  6. 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  7. Chilli powder to taste 
  8. salt to taste

Method:

1) Cook the quinoa and set it aside. I added a few mushrooms to enhance the taste. You can add the salt at this stage.

Cook the quinoa seeds until to see a white ring around it. You will also have to wash it atleast thrice to remove the saponin ( outer covering of the seed) which causes a bitter taste.

2) In a pan , add about 2 teaspoons of olive oil and add the onion and garlic to it. Saute until golden , be mindful not to burn it.

3) Add the turmeric powder (1/4 teaspoon) and the chilli powder according to your preference. I like it a little spicy.

4) Add the vegetables ( leaving the cucumbers for later) and mix them with the spices. Add a little bit of water to cook the veggies. Turn down the flame to medium and allow it to cook for a few minutes.


5) Finally add the cooked quinoa and mix it properly with the veggies. Take off flame and add the chopped cucumbers.


Enjoy your salad and happy eating.

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Let me know down in the comments below if you’d like a blog post on gluten and other harmful stuff ingredients that you need to avoid.

HAVE A NICE DAY πŸ™‚

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