Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Mermaid Salad

INGREDIENTS


1/2 cup wakame (a sea vegetable; available in natural foods and Asian grocery stores and online)

1/4 cup of arame (a sea vegetable; available in natural foods and Asian grocery stores and online)

1 tablespoon hijiki (a sea vegetable; available in natural foods and Asian grocery stores and online)

3 1/2 cups water, divided

1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed

1 cup organic vegetarian chicken broth substitute or vegetable broth

3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

2 teaspoons turmeric

dash cayenne pepper

Celtic sea salt to taste

black pepper to taste

1 ripe avocado, sliced

2 tablespoons organic lemon juice

Sesame seeds for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Soak wakame, arame and hijiki in 2 cups water for 20 minutes. Drain well and set aside. Place 1 1/2 cups water, broth and quinoa in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer on low for 15 minutes; quinoa will be full and soft, place in a serving bowl and set aside to cool. Mix drained sea vegetables into quinoa. Add oil, turmeric, cayenne, salt and pepper and mix well. Slice avocado and bathe in lemon juice for several minutes. Add the avocado and lemon juice to quinoa mixture and toss. Sprinkle with sesame seeds for garnish.

Why all the seaweed? Because it's so incredibly good for you. Seaweed has 13 essential nutrients and helps your hair, skin and nails. Quinoa (keen-wah) is a supergrain that is better for you than rice, oats and etc. It has a ton of protein so it's great for vegetarians.

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