THAI PEANUT RAINBOW QUINOA SALAD

INGREDIENTS

 

Thai sauce:

5 tbsp Peanut Butter

2 tbsp tamari

1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup 

2cm fresh ginger

1 small garlic clove 

1cm red chilli

Juice of half lime

Quinoa:

1/2 cup quinoa 

1 cup boiling water

Salt

Vegetables:

1 Carrot (cut into strips)

1 Red Pepper (cut into strips)

1/3 Red cabbage (cut into strips)

1 Avocado

(Additional veg you can use:

steamed broccoli, raw spinach, raw kale, cooked edamame beans).

This dish is the perfect protein rich meal that works great for lunch and dinner. If you're looking to increase your protein intake, quinoa is a rich plant based source of protein which can help to keep you feeling fuller for longer and help balance out blood sugar levels, support and balance your hormones and help to boost your active lifestyle.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a mixer add the Thai sauce ingredients with a little water and mix until you get a nice smooth runny consistency. Adjust tamari or maple syrup to your taste.

2. In a pan over a medium heat, add a little olive oil and then add the quinoa and toast for around a minute.

 

3. Add in the boiling water, along with a good pinch of salt, and pop a lid on the pan. Reduce the heat to low and cook for around 20 minutes (or until all the water is absorbed). 

 

4. Turn the heat off and leave the lid on for approximately 5-10 minutes (this helps to keep the quinoa fluffy).

5. Prepare and cut up your vegetables (I like to use crunchy carrot, red cabbage and pepper, along with avocado, spinach, kale or courgette). Cook any vegetables if needed such as broccoli and edamame beans.

 

6. Add spoonfuls of the Thai peanut sauce to the quinoa stirring through as you go along, adding just enough to coat the quinoa nicely without making it stodgy.

 

7. Add the crunchy vegetables and avocado and mix them through.

 

8. Squeeze over a little extra lime and enjoy!

NUTRITION BENEFITS

 

QUINOA is a pseudo seed and is gluten free. Unlike many plant based sources, quinoa is actually a complete protein providing all the 9 essential amino acids our body needs.

 

Protein is an essential nutrient and is used to build and repair tissues, make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is also an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

 

Protein can also help to keep us feeling fuller for longer and helping to support blood sugar levels throughout the day.

 

Did you know that imbalances in blood sugar levels can cause symptoms of anxiety, weight gain, pre diabetes, insomnia, excessive thirst, fatigue, fat storage, worsen symptoms of PCOS and brain fog.

 

By simply balancing out blood sugar levels can help to support overall heath, improve energy levels, concentration and even support weight loss.

 

As well as Quinoa containing all 9 amino acids needed for the body, it also contains Plant Compounds Quercetin and Kaempferol which have been shown to have have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer and anti-depressant effects.

 

Quinoa is high in fibre, packed with manganese, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus.

 

GINGER is also another amazing ingredient that has many health promoting properties including anti-inflammatory from its key component gingerol as well as containing potent antioxidants.

 

PEANUT BUTTER is high in protein and is a good source of healthful fats and fibre. Peanuts contain a good amount of potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, and B vitamins. Although they are high in calories, peanuts are nutrient dense and low in carbohydrates.

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