Fiesta quinoa salad

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Quick-to-cook quinoa is the perfect base for this Mexican-inspired dish, which features black beans, corn, cumin, and lots of fresh cilantro. Bright, flavourful and lively, the leftovers make a fantastic take-along lunch!

TOTAL TIME: 20 MINUTES

SERVES: 6


INGREDIENTs

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 2 cups water

  • 1½ cups corn kernels

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 red pepper, seeded and diced

  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste

  • 1 tbsp cumin

  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro


DIRECTIONS

  1. In a medium-sized pot, add quinoa and water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

  2. In a serving bowl, mix together the corn, black beans, red pepper and cilantro. Add cooked quinoa and stir to combine.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, oil, salt, cumin and cilantro.

  4. Pour dressing over the bulgur-quinoa mixture and stir to combine.

  5. Serve with fresh lime wedges.

Thai peanut noodle salad

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Thai take out at home? This recipe delivers. It's full of flavor, bursting with color, and is a treat for all five senses.

TOTAL TIME: 20 MINUTES

SERVES: 6-8


INGREDIENTs

  • 375g whole grain linguini pasta

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 cup thinly sliced leeks, white and pale green parts only

  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

  • 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced

  • 1 large carrot, grated

  • 1½ cup frozen shelled edamame

  • 3 cups purple cabbage, thinly sliced

  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped


  • ¼ cup smooth natural peanut butter

  • ½ tsp finely grated lime zest

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice

  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

  • 3 tbsp sodium-reduced tamari

  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tsp hot sauce (optional)

DRESSING


DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook linguini according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cool water. Toss noodles to keep them from sticking and set aside to drain. Transfer to a large bowl.

  2. Heat oil in a large fry pan over medium high heat. Add leeks and sauté for 3-5 minutes or until softened. Add bell peppers and sauté for another 3-5 minutes or until soft. Add carrot, edamame and cabbage. Sauté for another 5 minutes until all the vegetables are tender-crisp.

  3. Remove from heat and add to noodles. Add cilantro and toss to combine.

  4. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together peanut butter, lime zest, lime juice, oil, maple syrup, soy sauce, vinegar and hot sauce. Pour over noodle mixture and stir well. Serve.