Caprese Quinoa

If you’re sick of your typical salads or just need a side dish or snack, this Italian-style quinoa is full of flavor and nutrients to fill you up!  It was super simple for me to make and take on-the-go!

Ingredients: Makes 4 servings

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+ Quinoa

  • 1/2 c. dry quinoa (tri-color or regular)
  • 2 oz. fresh mozzarella: about 1/4 of the log (I like this one from Trader Joe’s: It has a bit of a kick to it, but you can use any kind of fresh mozz)
  • 1/3 c. cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 of a cucumber
  • 5 fresh basil leaves (I keep the basil plant in my kitchen: about $3 at TJ, or you can get fresh basil in smaller packs)

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    Just needs a little tender loving care of watering every once and a while

Directions: 

  1. Boil quinoa (per instructions), refrigerate overnight (to be served chilled) in a medium-sized mixing bowl
  2. Cut up cucumber, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella into small pieces & basil leaves into very small pieces
  3. Transfer the cucumber, tomatoes, mozz. & basil into the bowl of chilled quinoa
  4. Mix and serve!
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The end result, ready-to-go!

Enjoy knowing that quinoa is full of fiber, protein, iron, & magnesium.  And…It is gluten-free!

Abundant Food for an Abundant Lifeheart-iconCarly

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