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I was introduced to the superfood quinoa about a year ago, but since then hadn’t found a dish that I thought was to die for – until now. Robin and I are currently eating the leftovers! It came from an unlikely source which made its success even more sweet – Glow magazine (a magazine my mum gets for free once a month). I made a few alterations, the first of which is the kind of quinoa used. Inca Red Quinoa – I bought it out of curiosity, and was so pleasantly surprised. 

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa, rinsed (the red that i got was pre-rinsed)

2 cups water

1 tbsp of minced garlic

2 tbsp honey

1/2  cup coarsely chopped almonds (i use closer to a full cup)

1 bunch asparagus

1 cup of black beans (I did this the first time I made it, but this time I used a cup of corn, just because I was out of beans – JUST AS GOOD! :))

Around 1 tbsp of lemon juice, but use what suits your taste

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:

Add quinoa, water, garlic & honey to a medium sized pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to let simmer for 15 – 20 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed (if you’ve made quinoa you’re familiar with the process). Remove from heat and leave covered for around 10 minutes. While the quinoa is cooking, lightly toast the chopped almonds in a dry pan on low heat. I had never toasted nuts myself before and was a bit skeptical about the process, but now it’s all I want to. It creates the most heavenly aroma. Ever. Set them aside to cool off. Steam the asparagus lightly, you still want a little bit of crunch. Add the asparagus, almonds and beans (or corn! or both!) to the quinoa. Mix in the lemon juice and oil. This dish is lovely hot or cold, I usually can’t wait for it to cool off…

Eat up!

Love always

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