One of my favorite ingredients to work with is beets! They make everything look so beautiful with its purple pigment color and add natural sweetness to whatever you are cooking. Today, I made beet quinoa! Fresh, easy and healthy.
For those who aren’t familiar with Quinoa, Quinoa is a superfood that originates from South America, known as the “mother of all grains”. Quinoa is the only grain that is a complete source of protein- same kind of protein that is found in meat and dairy. AKA, it contains all the essential amino acids. It is gluten-free, high in fiber, packed with vitamins (B, thiamine, riboflavin, B6, and folate) and minerals (iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc), rich in antioxidants and high in protein! The protein content per 100 calories is higher than brown rice, potatoes, barley, and millet. No wonder it’s called superfood! Quinoa is popular among vegans as it contains a modest amount of calcium. And it is popular for people who have celiac disease, as quinoa is gluten-free.
Beets have many great health benefits. It may help lower blood pressure, boost stamina (source of energy), fight inflammation, contains anti-cancer property, help support mental health, support detoxification and much more. It is rich in folate, manganese, potassium, copper etc. High in fiber and loaded with antioxidant.
For those who are wondering how much to drink to see the effect of lowering blood pressure? According to Dr. Oz, one to two cups beet juice a day has been shown to have a significant effect on lowering blood pressure.
Vegan and Gluten Free Beet Quinoa Salad
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
Serving Size 2 People
- Boil the quinoa according to packaging instructions.
- In a boiling pot, boil the beets with peel on for about 30-45 minutes. Cook until you can use a fork and poke it.
- Peel and slice the beets. And chop the parsley finely.
- In a bowl, mix beets, cooked quinoa, parsley and pine nuts together.
- Based on taste, use a pinch of Himalayan salt and mix it.
Serving size: 2 People
Amount per serving: Calories: 416 calories. Total Fat: 11.2g, Saturated Fat: 1.1g . Cholesterol: 0mg. Sodium: 278mg. Total Carbohydrate: 65.8g. Dietary fiber: 8.3g. Total Sugar: 8.3g. Protein: 14.9g.
**The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.**