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Quinoa Diet – Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

October 18th, 2010

This is my absolute favorite quinoa salad of all time. They usually make this salad with pasta but I think quinoa is a healthier option. It is very simple to make and it is healthy too, compared to some of its mayonnaise-based counterparts.

It is also an ideal salad to have ready in advance for special occasion.

Let’s see the ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa – information about how to cook quinoa
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 2 courgettes
  • 1 box cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red onion or you can use spring onions too
  • 3 tbsps basil pesto
  • 25g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 25g black olives
  • sea salt, pepper
  • olive oil
  • sprig of basil (optional)


Cut the vegetables into bite-size portions and spread out on a baking tray. Season it with salt and pepper, drizzle it with olive oil over the top.

Roast it in the oven for about 20-25minutes – until all of the vegetables have softened completely.

When it is ready, allow the vegetables to cool.

Cook the quinoa and allow to cool it too. I actually spread the cooked, warm quinoa on a baking tray and allowed it to cool. It is drier in this way but it makes a perfect salad base.

Mix the roasted vegetables and the chilled quinoa together.

Add some seasoning and basil pesto and stir it until the pesto has completely coated all the vegetables.

Arrange in a large serving bowl ans scatter with the grated Parmesan cheese and the black olives. You can garnish it with a sprig of basil.

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Quinoa Diet – Easy Quinoa Salad

October 15th, 2010

As I mentioned before quinoa is such a versatile seed. You can make anything and everything from it. The easiest quinoa dishes are the salads. It only takes a couple of minutes to prepare them.

I came across a great site – called VegWeb – where I found this great Quinoa Salad recipe. I have to share it with you icon smile Quinoa Diet – Easy Quinoa Salad


  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small cucumber
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • dash cumin


Boil quinoa in a rice cooker or saucepan with 1.5 cups of water until all water is absorbed.

Set aside to cool.

Mix all chopped vegetables and drained beans with lemon juice, vinegar and spices.

Toss with quinoa, add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Makes: serves two, with leftovers.

Preparation time: 15 minutes.

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Source: VegWeb recipes

It is a really simple recipe, you can have it for lunch or for dinner.
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Quinoa Diet – Quinoa for skin

October 11th, 2010

Quinoa is the base of quinoa diet but quinoa actually is good for your skin and hair too. It’s a rich source of vitamin B2 and vitamin E that helps to maintain your skin and hair.

It contains high level of magnesium that helps to regenerate skin cells and promote skin elasticity. While vitamin B2 – riboflavin – help to build up the connective tissues and it is integral to cell reparation – as SarahK writes on the Truthinaging website.

You can even make a DIY quinoa facial mask from quinoa flakes. When it is applied correctly, it provides anti-aging and anti-dehydrating properties. One thing is sure it won’t cause allergy because it doesn’t contain wheat or other grains and is non-reactive too because it is gluten-free. It will leave your complexion soft, nourished and really smooth – and of course beautiful.

Quinoa Facial Mask


  • 6 oz plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup of Quinoa cereal cooked in soy milk
  • 2 drops of Mimosa oil
  • 2 egg yolks

How to make quinoa facial mask:

First you cook the quinoa cereal in soy milk over medium-low heat.

When it’s cooked, allow the mixture to cool.

Please do not add sugar to this mixture – sugar promotes wrinkles. I know it’s tempting but please don’t eat itJ If you didn’t know I’ll tell you another secret:

Soy milk is pretty good for your skin too because it offers nourishing properties to the skin. It repairs sun damage and it helps to improve the skin’s elasticity and releases acids and energy into the epidermis for strength.

When the quinoa and soy milk mixture is cool enough, put it into a blender and add the remaining ingredients and blend it well.

Why do you have to add Mimosa oil to it? Well, it helps to regenerate tired and dull skin. It also stimulates the immune system and improves the skin’s healing process.

Egg yolks contain rich levels of vitamin E and F; they also nourish and stimulate properties to the skin.

When the mixture is ready, apply the facial mask to your face and to your neck too. Leave the facial mask on about 10-20 minutes while you relax. Useful tip: don’t get the quinoa facial mask on your cloth or pillow.

After 10-20 minutes rinse it off with warm water and pat dry. You can apply your moisturizer if it’s needed. It’s up to you. You can use this gorgeaus facial mask once a week; it will definitely help your complexion to get back in shape.

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