fresh ingredients coming together on a crisp bed of romaine lettuce with a drizzle of zesty homemade vinaigrette
This recipe is deliciously easy to make, low-carb, low-calorie, and nutrient-dense. Quinoa is one of the most protein rich foods we can eat, and is considered one of the few plant foods that is a complete protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids. It provides almost two times more fiber than most grains. It is rich in iron, manganese, magnesium, riboflavin and more. It can helps towards regulating blood glucose and blood cholesterol levels, aid digestive health, and reduce risks of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. Always make sure to rinse your quinoa. Quinoa has a natural coating, called saponin, which gives off a bitter taste. Rinsing it will solve that problem. Rinsing it will also allow the quinoa to fluff up and not clump together when serving.
Quinoa Lettuce Wraps
2 heads of romaine lettuce, cut bottom inch off and lay out individual wraps
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 cups water
1 stalk of scallions, cut into thin slices
1, 16 oz can black beans, rinsed
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 avocado, diced
1/4 cup lightly salted roasted peanuts
1/4 cup vinegar
2 tsp honey
2 tsp olive oil (for dressing)
1 lime, half cut into wedges other half for juicing
Cracked black pepper to taste
Sea salt to taste
- Use ingredients from part I. On medium to high heat, add olive oil to small pot you will be cooking your quinoa in. Add crushed garlic and allow to turn slightly brown.
- Add quinoa, water, and salt all at once. Allow to boil then reduce to low heat and cover for about 15 minutes.
- When finished add to bowl and let cool.
- Use ingredients from part II. Next combine black beans, red bell pepper, scallions, peanuts and avocado to the bowl and mix well. Add a light sprinkle sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste. *To give peanuts more of a roasted flavor pan roast them in a dry pan, stirring constantly until browned.*
- Add quinoa and vegetable mixture into the lettuce wraps.
- Use ingredients from part III. In a separate small bowl combine vinegar, honey, olive oil, and lime juice and mix.
- Apply a good dose of this fresh lime vinaigrette to the wraps and serve.
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