Curried Quinoa with Broccoli and Feta Recipe

This original recipe was from Cooking Light.  It sounded tasty, but I wanted to tweak some of the ingredients for our family of Type A and AB blood types.  What I love best about it is that it tastes good warm or cold.  That means it’s great for those days when you have baseball practice or piano lessons after school and are running around with no time to prepare a healthy meal.  Just make it ahead and it will chill in the fridge until dinner time.  It tastes great packed in lunches the next day, too!

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Ingredients

1 (15-ounce) can lentils drained and rinsed or 1/3 cup dry lentils

1 cup uncooked quinoa  (When buying quinoa, look for it already rinsed.  Rinsing these tiny, lightweight grains is a pain.)

1 1/2 cups small broccoli florets

1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

1/3 cup shredded carrot

1/4 cup dried cranberries (raisins can also be used)

1/4 cup dry-roasted almonds, finely chopped

1 1/2 tablespoons water

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon raw sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder

1 teaspoon bottled minced fresh ginger

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled feta cheese

 

Preparation

  • If using dried lentils, prepare as directed.
  • Prepare quinoa as directed. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  • While quinoa stands, steam broccoli florets, covered, for 3 minutes or until tender.
  • Combine ingredients for dressing (water through sea salt).
  • Combine quinoa with broccoli, onion, carrots, cranberries, almonds, and lentils.  Next, pour dressing over top of mixture, tossing gently.
  • When ready to serve, sprinkle with feta.
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