Summer and Autumn Salads have pretty much disappeared from the Farmers Market, and winter is here with cold days that really call for something warm for lunch. This salad was warm, filling and nutrious.
Red Quinoa, Purple and Green Kale, Red Onion, Mudrooms, Apple with toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Dressing was tahini, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and a dash of maple syrup.
Red Quinoa - is an ancient grain that is one food that fit people love due to its unique nutritional profile, as it contains a significant amount of protein, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals when compared to other grains. Quinoa is one of the few grains contains all nine of the essential amino acids. Most grains are low in lysine, therefore they are considered incomplete proteins. But, quinoa actually contains lysine, as well as all eight of the other amino acids, making it a complete protein, similar to animal proteins.
Quinoa is considered one of the super foods! It is a tremendous source of vitamins and minerals such as riboflavin, magnesium, and iron. Quinoa nutrition is high in many nutrients lacking in our modern diet due to the overconsumption of highly processed foods. It is high in B-vitamins such as riboflavin and folate, which are low in many modern diets as these nutrients tend to be lost during food processing. Since quinoa is a whole grain, it is not refined or processed, therefore all of the important vitamins remain intact.
Quinoa also provides significantly more calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc when compared to other grains