Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Recipe Wednesday: Greek Quinoa Bowl

Greek goodness in a bowl
Woo hoo! On August 27th my second cookbook will hit the shelves. I'd rather not celebrate alone, so for the month of August together let's celebrate the release of Shop, Cook, Eat: Outside of the Box. Every Wednesday this month I'll feature a recipe from the book. 

This week's recipe from the Make It Fast section, Greek Quinoa Bowl -- perfect for summertime. It's light, fresh, and bursting with Greek flavor.

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Greek goodness in a bowl.



2 cups quinoa, cooked
1 red onion, diced
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
½ cup Kalamata olives, halved
½ cup artichoke hearts, chopped
½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
Kosher salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Lemon Vinaigrette 

¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

In a large bowl, gently toss the quinoa together with the ingredients. Add
salt and pepper to taste.

For vinaigrette: In salad dressing shaker bottle add lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Shake until ingredients are mixed. Or whisk ingredients together in bowl.

For bowls: Divide quinoa mixture evenly among individual bowls. Drizzle with lemon vinaigrette. Serve.

More about Quinoa (from the Grains section of the cookbook):  Often referred to as the supergrain, quinoa (KEEN-wah) is high in fiber and is a plant-based source of protein. In fact, it contains more protein than any other grain while also packing in iron and potassium. One half cup of quinoa has 14 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber. This superfood is classified as a whole grain and is naturally gluten-free. Quinoa is a tiny grain that cooks up like rice and has a mild, nutty flavor and a light, fluffy texture similar to couscous. You can find it next to other grains in the grocery store or market.

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