Holiday Sides with Quinoa and Lintel

Here are two absolutely healthy simple yet delicious sides/salads to go with any Holiday dishes. Let’s get into them without further ado

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Told you these foods were good for you!

7goodfoodsI recently came across a very interesting health food article in Hoffington Post entitled “7 of the Healthiest Foods You Should Be Eating But Aren’t” The article made it to Digg’s first page for a complete day.  It focuses on “seven of the healthiest foods — the power-packed foods filled with good-for-you vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting phytochemicals – that [most people] aren’t eating: Kale, Pomegranate, Quinoa, Kefir, lentil, Sardines, and Oatmeal.

What made this article particularly interesting to me was the fact that over the past few months I had highlighted the goodness of these food items (5 out of the 7 of them) and provided at least one recipe for each! Well, proud as I am for my health conscious weblog, I am going to review all those recipes, while quoting some their benefits. Please read the rest of the entrry at the end of the Persian text!

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Mixed quinoa with zucchini

mixedQuinoaI recently saw a cook book with some 200 hundred recipes for quinoa! I am going to buy it soon, but from what I figured out by skimmed through, it looked like a combination of white red and black quinoa would go with absolutely anything you could imagine: be it salads, side dishes or main dishes , with fried and grilled meat, chicken and fish. All I want to say is that quinoa is good for your health. It is pretty and it knows no limit! I already posted the most basic type here. And what I am about to share is something I learned from my sister, tried successfully and served as a side dish with grilled salmon. The combination was just wonderful.

Ingredients: (for a medium size bowl, serving 3-4 as side dish) white quinoa, 1 cup. Red quinoa 1/3 cup. Water, 2 and 2/3. Zucchini, 2 medium size, halved lengthwise into three each. Garlic 1 clove, crushed. Olive oil, 1 tbsp. Lime juice 1tbsp. Freshly chopped parsley,1 tbsp. Salt to taste.

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