Quinoa Tabbouleh is a favored healthy recipe. It is great as a quick snack but it also serves well as an appetizer. Make a large bowl of it so it can be snacked on throughout the day. Quinoa Tabbouleh is a quick, easy and healthy recipe to make!
What are the health benefits of parsley?
There is a long list of the health benefits of parsley. It is known to help prevent cancer, manage diabetes, prevent osteoporosis, and provide relief from gastrointestinal issues, to name a few. Parsley is also known to boost the immune system. It is a "must have" ingredient on my shopping list and consistently added to most of my recipes for its health benefits and flavor.
How healthy is Quinoa?
Quinoa is a great addition to a plant-based diet because of its high protein. What's even better, it is a complete protein, as it contains all 9 essential amino acids. A few others to make note of chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, spirulina, barley, amaranth and buckwheat. Most vegans have adapted to using these ingredients for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner.
Quinoa is good for building muscle mass. Bodybuilders and other athletes should eat lots of foods that contain all 9 essential amino acids.
Is Quinoa sustainable?
Since 2008, quinoa has grown in popularity, especially amongst vegans. This increased demand led to unsustainable farming methods in Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador, where most quinoa is developed. Farmers trying to keep up with demand had no choice but to abandon their traditional methods of farming. Monocropping single variety quinoa and other unsustainable practices became the only feasible way for farmers to grow the crops.
Although the quinoa boom did not come without its adverse environmental and socio-economic side effects, this seedy grain superfood has the potential to reach sustainability status and help those affected by climate change in a sustainable way. Learn more about the facts behind quinoa and its potential to improve global food security.
What Can You Do as a Responsible, Eco-Conscious Quinoa Consumer?
The best way to support the continued growth of quinoa is to buy it Organic and Fair-trade. It may be more expensive but paying the fair price for quinoa is a part of the solution. Diversify your quinoa diet and try a variety of sizes and colors to promote genetic diversity.
Quinoa is shrouded in humanitarian and environmental issues but this pseudo-cereal superfood has the potential to improve global food security.
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Quinoa Tabbouleh Recipe
- 2 cups of cooked quinoa cooled
- 2 green onions
- ½ red pepper
- 4 cups fresh flat parsley
- 2-3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- Follow directions on package to cook quinoa. It usually takes about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, thinly slice the green onions. Clean, seed and small dice the red pepper.
- Chop finely the parsley - I recommend using a food processor. Pulse it a few times and you are set!
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Add more salt if desired.