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Friday, April 27, 2012

Quiona Mixed Veggie Salad

Quinoa Mixed Veggie Salad
Vegan; 30 minutes or fewer

I'm an advocate for using what you have on hand when it comes to cooking, especially when you're at a loss for ideas regarding a fabulous (simple) dinner.... So, when Bruce let's in that he wants something light, it at least steers me in the right direction.
1 cup quinoa
6 spears of asparagus cut, about 1 inch pieces
3 sweet red and yellow peppers, cut and seeded (I cut them in half moon)
2 baby portabella mushrooms, sliced
2 Tbs. onion, chopped finely
1 tsp. garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups of vegetable broth
1/2 cup carrot juice
thyme, to taste
roasted bell pepper and garlic spice, to taste
crushed red pepper, to taste

1. In pot add the quiona with 1 cup vegetable broth and 1/2 cup carrot juice. (Living in Colorado, I've noticed that I've had to add extra liquid to everything, so this is a good measurement for a lower altitude.) Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer till liquid is absorbed.
2. In a pan, over medium heat, add 1/2 cup vegetable broth, garlic and onion. Sauté till onion is translucent, about 2 minutes, add mushrooms, and sauté for about 3-4 minutes. Add asparagus, peppers, thyme, garlic spice and crushed red pepper, cooking for about 2-3 minutes more, or until tender.
3. Mix quiona with vegetable mixture and save warm with some crusty bread. (I served it with rosemary sourdough with earth balance and garlic powder toasted.)

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