Quinoa is currently being called a superfood and is supposed to be very high in protein so naturally I thought this could be the perfect solution. Off I went to the supermarket to get some to try. I'd had a quick look online at the sort of meal you can use it for and thought I'd try something cold to suit the glorious summer weather we've been having (that is just ever so slightly sarcastic).
Here are my ingredients:
Pack of quinoa
Chicken stock cube (optional)
Small tin of chickpeas
1 teaspoon cumin
I used about 50g of quinoa and had to guess with the amount of water as I wasn't really sure. I added the stock cube and cooked on the hob for about 30 minutes (though this can be done in the microwave much more quickly). When all the water had been absorbed I rinsed the quinoa under cold water and left to drain.
I chopped the onion, and cucumber and put them in a bowl with the cumin and plenty of lemon juice. I cooked the chickpeas and peas then cooled these before adding them to the bowl along with the quinoa. I mixed it all up, seasoned and then put in plenty of fresh chopped mint for that lovely summery flavour.
And voilà, a nice easy salad that's high in protein. We used it as a side salad to accompany fish and it was fresh and delicious.