On hot summer days do you feel like:
A) Your appetite has decreased
B) Your appetite has increased
C) Both fluctuate from time to time.
D) None of the above
I was thinking of walking to the supermarket, despite the blazing heat ( Well it wasn’t as hot as I imagined). My sister decided to tag along and take advantage of the cool breeze, and to go for some exercise. It was sure nice to have company, and share a conversation, as we slowly made our way to the supermarket.
I was planning to make a light meal that was cool, refreshing. More importantly. I wanted a meal that did not require much preparation/ cooking time, as I really didn’t feel like making a meal which required more than 15 minutes.
One thing I love about the supermarket I go to is that there is always a sale.
Luckily it was Quinoa, the prime ingredient of today’s recipe.
Quinoa (KEEN-WAH) is an edible grain, native to the South Americans. There is a lot of sources which talk about how Quinoa can be added to a balanced nutritious meal. Here are a few pointers.
- It is gluten-free and wheat free making it safe for those who have a wheat allergy, gluten intolerance or coeliac disease, as quinoa can almost be substituted for any other grain.
- It is a good source of fiber and has a low-GI, which is important in regulating blood sugar levels stable.
For those who have tried quinoa often describe both the texture and flavour as a fluffy, creamy with a slight nutty al dente texture, “which makes it an excellent alternative to rice or couscous”.
The Mediterranean Quinoa salad is a fun and vibrant way of whipping a salad , which encapsulates the traditional Mediterranean flavours, making a lovely and unique salad.
What I enjoyed about this recipe was that I was completely satisfied (not full) after having the salad and a mini chicken schnitzel, which didn’t leave that uncomfortable heavy feeling when you have eaten a lot of food.
There is a good amount of fibre (from the vegetables and Quinoa ) and protein ( from the feta and Quinoa). This combination is suggested to help you feel fuller and control satiety levels, which people who are trying to lose weight may find useful.
After having a bite of this yummy salad, I already knew that the salad as well Quinoa was going to be a part of my staple diet. Cooking with Quinoa offers a lot of exciting and delicious possibilities, which can be adapted into a healthy balanced diet. I Suggest looking for recipes and guides in how you can you can benefit from this nutrient dense food (Refer to some link below this post resource section).
After having a nice light dish, I was still able to go for another brisk walk and to enjoy watching the setting of the sun.
To find this recipe check Sarah’s Blog: http://theflyingonion.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/must-have-been-something-i-ate-book-giveaway/