Recipe & Food ideas from our kitchen...

Monday, February 13, 2012

A couple of quick salads...

 Have been playing around with a few recipes trying to break up the boredom we all get when faced with the same old salads.. This one has been a hit with us all here over the past few weeks with the girls surprising us & eating more than their share of this tasty salad... Cant wait to try it with some Purple Broccoli... The below recipe is slightly different to the clip but just as tasty...

Broccoli Salad..

1 Small - Medium head of Broccoli
1 large Carrot, Julienned
½ large Red Capsicum, diced finely
2 stalks of Celery, sliced thinly
Small handful of bush/Snake Beans, sliced thinly
1 Shallot/Green Onion, sliced thinly (reserve greens for garnish)
½ cup Macadamia nuts, toasted until lightly browned then crushed…
4 Tbsp Yoghurt
3 Tbsp Mayonnaise
1 tsp of Seeded Mustard
1 tsp of Dijon Mustard
1 heaped tsp of honey
Salt & Pepper to taste
Mix all dressing ingredients together & add salt & Pepper to taste

Trim the Broccoli into bite size or smaller florets & then dice up the stalk.
Add to bowl with the rest of the veggies.
Mix through the dressing well then garnish with toasted nuts & Shallot/Onion greens…

This has become a favourite with our daughters & it has become a fight to get some into a container for the next days lunches…
Hope you enjoy if you try it

Quinoa has become our favourite seed/grain here over the past few years.. It is a very versatile seed that is tasty hot or cold, sweet or savoury & is nutrient rich... It contains fiber, carbohydrates, a good amount of protein with the big plus being it contains all the essential amino acids we need... While it contains much better nutrition raw we have as of yet tried it raw... We will be looking at sprouting some soon so we can include some of its locked in goodness... Quinoa salads have been a favourite here for the past few years & can be made with whatever salad veggies you have on hand.. 
We have posted a  Quinoa roast lamb salad on the blog before but here is the recipe for this one & a clip anyway ;)»
Quinoa Salad..

1 cup Quinoa
2 cups water or liquid stock of choice... (I add 2 tsp of Chicken flavoring stock powder that is Veggo friendly)
½ large cucumber, diced
5 large sun dried tomatoes, chopped finely  
2 Spring/Green Onion, sliced finely
½ medium red capsicum/pepper, diced
1/3 cup sliced Spanish  olives
1 cup chopped Parsley & Sweet Basil mixed
¼ cup slightly toasted Pine nuts
Garlic Feta, crumbled
1 each of orange & Red Chilli, sliced thinly
A drizzle of the Sun dried Tomato oil

Add the Quinoa & stock to a sauce pan & bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer until all liquid has been absorbed then leave to cool in bowl.
Add all ingredients then toss until mixed well.
Top with some Feta & Chilli then drizzle with some Tomato oil...

Hope you try one of these out & Enjoy it as much as we do...
Have a great one...
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