Recipes certainly have a place in the kitchen both as a source of inspiration and as a guideline for preparation. But if there is one thing that I would truly love to get across to you is to have the confidence to go off the grid and experiment with new ingredients either in a whole new creation or by incorporating them in to family favourites. There will be successes and there will be failures. But it’s all a process.
Variety is not only the spice of life but it is also key to getting the wide array of important nutrients in to your diet that your body needs to function at its best and fight off disease.
So take an old favourite and enhance it by adding a superfood like hemp hearts. Or replace some of the usual ingredients with something new and see how it flies.
This easy recipe is a twist on the conventional Greek Salad. The addition of the black rice to the quinoa makes the salad a bit chewy adding a nice texture to it. I added hemp hearts to pump it up.
This recipe does not have any greens in it. But here is your chance to be creative. If the mood hits you try adding some spinach or arugula.
Grainy Greek Salad
2/3 cup quinoa
1/3 cup Black rice
2 cups water, salted
1/2 english cucumber, chopped
1 small red onion, diced
1/2 avocado, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives
1 Tbsp. Hemp Hearts
1/2 cup Greek Feta Cheese
2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
1/8 tsp. Honey
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tsp. dried oregano
Salt and Pepper to taste
Mix all ingredient together well.
- Bring water to boil and add salt
- Add quinoa and rice. Cook until tender and let cool
- Place rest of ingredients in bowl. Add cooled quinoa and rice
- Add prepared dressing to ingredients and toss
- Add salt and pepper to taste