Moroccan And Rollin Quinoa Salad

“What’s for lunch?” Wednesday 10/14/15

Anyone who thinks 55 minutes is a long time has likely never been a teacher.

It’s just barely enough time to eat and recharge, let alone photocopy, make phone calls, wipe away tears (your own or someone else’s) or get some marking done.

In an effort to help you avoid the staffroom microwave line-up, here is a recipe that is easily doubled, will last the week if stored properly, and provides you with good protein to last the afternoon.

Don’t be fooled by the seemingly long list of ingredients – it’s a whiz to slap together!

Moroccan and Rollin’ Quinoa Salad (from Looneyspoons Collection by Janet and Greta Podleski)

1 cup uncooked quinoa (see tip)
2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
¼ cup dried currants
1 tsp medium curry powder
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground coriander
1 tsp honey (or sugar)
½ tsp salt
1 cup no-salt-added canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
½ cup each finely chopped red bell pepper, grated carrots (packed) and peeled, diced English cucumber
1/3 cup chopped green onions
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp minced fresh mint leaves
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Combine quinoa, broth, currants, curry, cumin, coriander, honey and salt in a medium pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes or until quinoa has absorbed all liquid. Remove from heat. Let stand covered for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and leave uncovered to cool completely.

When quinoa is cool, transfer to large mixing bowl. Stir in all remaining ingredients. Mix well and refrigerate for at least an hour or two before serving. Tastes even better the next day!

Recipe Tip: To save time, look for quinoa that says “pre-washed” or “pre-rinsed” on the package. Quinoa must be rinsed before using to remove the bitter outer coating. If you buy quinoa that isn’t pre-rinsed, put it in a mesh strainer or sieve and run cold water over it for about 30 seconds.

Makes 6 servings

Per serving (about 1 cup): 231 calories, 7.4 g total fat (0.7 g saturated fat), 6 g protein, 36 g carbohydrate, 5.4 g fibre, 0 mg cholesterol, 256 mg sodium