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Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

Apple Quinoa Salad

I was looking for an easy side dish recipe I could prepare ahead … and that was sorta unique. I asked my friend and registered dietitian, Janet Bissex, one of the Meal Makeover Moms, if she had a recipe I might share.

Janice suggested an Apple Quinoa Salad recipe. Quinoa is a South American plant that is grown for its seeds. Though not a true cereal grain by definition, quinoa is prepared and used in ways similar to grain. Quinoa provides all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein source. It is also gluten-free.

Merriam-Webster online dictionary gives two possible pronunciations for quinoa: (kēn-ˌwä) or (kē-ˈnō-ə). The way it is most commonly pronounced is the first example and sounds like KEEN-wah.

Apple Quinoa Salad is filled lots of good stuff — apples, walnuts, dried cranberries and cheese. Except for the quinoa and maple syrup, the ingredients were ones I already had in my house. (After checking the Cook’s Thesaurus website, I substituted honey for the two tablespoons of maple syrup. I wouldn’t have tried this substitution for a larger amount as maple syrup has a truly unique flavor.)

(TIP: Here’s an easy way to toast walnuts for this recipe from the California Walnut Board.)

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Apple Quinoa Salad ingredients

The thing I liked best about the recipe — it tastes good! My husband gives the salad a “thumbs up!”

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Apple Quinoa Salad gets a thumbs up from my husband!

Get the Recipe!

Download a copy of the Apple Quinoa Salad recipe from the Meal Makeover Moms (Janice Bissex and Liz Weiss) website. And, find four more recipes made with quinoa!

Quick Granola Bars

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(This blog was created by guest blogger, Beth Menhusen, a dietetic student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Beth also has her own Blog, bethtalksnutrition.weebly.com)

Most of us know that it’s super easy to grab a packaged granola bar on our way out the door, but did you know that you can quickly make your own? This recipe is loaded with nutrients, is cheaper, and has fewer preservatives!

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup coconut

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Peel and grate the carrots. For a little extra money, you could buy a bag of carrot shreds and make this process even faster.

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3. Measure your peanut butter and honey and mix together in a large sauce pan. Cook on low heat until melted.

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4. Remove the pan from heat and turn off the burner.

5. Add oatmeal, raisins, carrots, and coconut to the saucepan. Stir well, and let it cool until you can safely touch it with your hands.

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6. Put the mix into the baking and press firmly into the bottom.

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7. Bake for 25 minutes and then cut into 24 square bars. If you want long rectangular bars like what you purchase at the store, then use a larger, thinner pan.

Recipe Source: Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Program, Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network
Website Recipe, http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov/recipes/granola-bars