Friday, August 5, 2011

Roasted Garlic and Tomato Quinoa

I have fallen in love with Quinoa!Although I struggle every time I say the word because I doubt I am saying it right. haha. It has been a great addition to alot of our summer meals! For those of you who have never made this grain, here is why you should! It contains essential amino acids and good quantities of calcium, iron and phosphorus. You cook quinoa the same way that you cook rice!
What I did to make this yummy side dish was I roasted garlic and tomatoes in the oven. I normally roast them at 400F and add olive oil, salt and pepper. I normally roast them for 40 minutes.
I love roasted garlic and tomato! mmm
After i took the garlic and tomato out of the oven i emptied them into a bowl! The tomatoes were still juicy but they have a wonderful flavour! I added 1 tsp of balsamic vinager and I mashed them altogether to make a sauce or dressing.
During this time I added the cooked quinoa to the bowl. I cooked 1 cup of it because we didn't need too much of it for dinner!
Also I added cut up grapes and cucumber to the bowl. Next I added sunflower seeds and dried cranberries to the salad. I mixed it all up and set it in the fride until dinner! Get creative and make it yourself! It is good for you and a nice addition to any meal!! Get cookin and enjoy!

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