05 November 2014

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Quinoa salad on a bed of lettuce,pan fried salmon,jalapenos & squash


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 Something is fishy in the kingdom of health ! Madame Quinoa is red.Looks like she is pepping up her mood -- relaxing on a bed of lettuce and surrounded by fishes-the red wild salmons,jalapeno boats and squash rings !! What a vibrant view !! I am so jealous..I may eat her :-\ what say?

By the way,I came across this amazing website with dire health related information and also a mind blowing, well-researched article about the interesting facts especially the 27 science-backed health benefits of quinoa that is indeed worth mentioning and sharing with you all. Please go through it !! Wow Quinoa rocks !!

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After a vege,eggy and chicken-y ,now it's time for a fish-y makeover.It's ,another ,pampering time.

Quinoa salad on a bed of lettuce,pan fried salmon,jalapenos & squash

Ingredients

Quinoa - 1 cup
Water- 1 3/4 cup
Salt to taste
Carrots,chopped-1 cup
Peas,boiled - 1/2 cup
beans,chopped,boiled-1 cup
Onion,chopped - 1/2 cup
Romaine Lettuce leaves,cleaned - 6-8 nos

For the dressing
Lime juice - 2 tablespoons
Olive oil-1 tablespoon
Vinegar-1 teaspoon
Pepper powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Chilli oil -1/2 teaspoon(optional)
Honey - 1/4 teaspoon(optional)
Salt to taste

To pan fry :
Salmon fillets,skinless - 4 nos.
Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Pepper powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Fennel  powder - 1/4 teaspoon(optional)
Salt - 1/4 teaspoon
Jalapeno, wedges -  6 nos
Squash ,rings - 6 nos.
Oil - 2-3 tablespoons
Lemon juice as needed

Method:

  • Rinse quinoa under the tap water and put it in a saucepan with water and little salt.
  • Place that saucepan on the stove and allow it to boil on high heat.
  • Once it reaches the boiling point,reduce the flame to medium-low,cover it and let it cook for about 15-20 minutes until all the water is absorbed and most importantly,grains become translucent with a spiral tail. or watch this ...
  • Put off the stove.Let it stand covered for another 5 minutes to make sure it absorbs any moisture left.If there is any water left,then do drain it well.
  • Fluff it with a fork and keep it aside.
  • In a small bowl mix all the dressing ingredients well and keep it aside.
  • In a big bowl ,put the quinoa,all chopped vegetables-carrots,onions ,boiled peas & beans and the above dressing and toss everything well.
  • Adjust the salt and other seasoning if desired.
  • Quinoa salad is ready.
To pan fry fish :
  • Marinate the fish with all spices plus few drops of water for 5 minutes or more, in the refrigerator.
  • Warm a large skillet with 2 tablespoons of oil on high-medium heat.
  • Place the marinated fillets and fry them until golden brown on each sides for about 4 minutes per sides.To speed up the process ,you can cover the fish for 2 minutes till the fish softens up and then fry.
  • Add another tablespoon of oil in a pan and shallow fry the jalapeno wedges and squash rings until tender.Cover it and then fry to speed up the process.
  • Squeeze lemon juice on the top of fish and vegetables lightly.
Transfer the quinoa salad on a bed of a romaine lettuce leaf  with pan fried salmon on the top and jalapeno and squash on the sides.Enjoy !!

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Vegetarians can have a healthy yummy Quinoa salad and non-vegetarians can have both like Honey P and seafood-itarian like me can have ,just ,the pan fried salmon :D.As always,win-win !!

Eat,love,live DELICIOUSLY,