I'm a big fan of the Paleo principles. Eating pastured and grass-fed meats, organic fruits and vegetables and high quality fats while avoiding processed foods and refined sugars. This is such a great way to nourish your body while avoiding toxins. I incorporate these dietary principles into my everyday life.
With that said, there are a some foods I eat that would not be considered Paleo. These are not "cheat" food. They are simply foods that work well for my body! One of these foods is quinoa.
Quinoa is versatile, easy to prepare and has a great nutty flavor. Whether you are a quinoa lover or new to this food, you will enjoy this recipe!
Sesame Ginger Quinoa Salad with Green Beans
1 cup quinoa (any color)
1 tablespoon cooking fat (coconut oil, butter or ghee)
1 pound green beans (or a little less)
1-2 inch piece fresh ginger (approx. 2 tablespoons), minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- Combine quinoa with 1 1/2 cups water in a small pot. Cook covered over medium-high heat. As it just reaches a boil, turn to low and simmer until all the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
- Dice onion. Add cooking fat to a medium to large sized skillet (with a lid). Add onion and saute over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, clean green beans and cut off ends. Cut beans into thirds. When onions are translucent add green beans, minced ginger and minced garlic to onions. Add 1/4 cup water and cover. Cook for 20-25 minutes until beans are tender, stirring occasionally.
- Place cooked quinoa and green bean mixture in a bowl. Add salt and toasted sesame oil and combine well. This dish can be served hot or refrigerated and served cold.