The Benefits of Quinoa

We love quinoa!  It is such a versatile food and can be used to make breakfast, lunch, dinner dishes, desserts and any other dishes you can dream up.
Quinoa originates from South America. Although it is referred to as a grain, it is really a seed that comes from a leafy plant.  It comes in a variety of colours (white, red, black, purple) but the most common is white.
Benefits of Quinoa:
• Gluten Free
• Whole Grain
• High in protein (contains all 11 essential amino acids)
• High in fiber (1 cup = 5 g of fiber)
• High in vitamins and minerals
• Cooks in 15 minutes
• Can be used in both savoury or sweet dishes

QuinoaQuinoa and Black Bean Salad

Makes 1 Serving

For a PDF copy of this recipe, Quinoa and Black Bean Salad


1/2 cup quinoa (makes approx. 2 cups cooked)

1 cup water

1/2 cup cooked beans (look for salt free brands)

1 celery stalk

10 cherry tomatoes cut in half

1 medium carrot grated or chopped

1 green onion, thinly sliced

2 tbsp olive oil and lemon juice dressing


1. Rinse quinoa under cold water to remove saponins (some quinoa sold is already rinsed).

2. Place quinoa in a pot with 1 cup of cold water, bring to a boil, cover, simmer for 15 minutes, let rest for 5 minutes.

3. While quinoa is cooking, chop and/or slice celery, tomatoes, carrot, green onion and place in a bowl.

4. Add beans to vegetables.

5. Make dressing (see recipe below).

6. Add quinoa to vegetables.

7. Mix in dressing.

Olive Oil and Lemon Juice Dressing

Makes 2 tbsp

1/2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil

1 tbsp Water

1/2 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

1 tsp Dried Basil

1 tsp Dried Thyme

2 tsp Ground Mustard

Add all ingredients into a mason jar and shake.

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