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Red Pepper Thai Coconut Asparagus with Quinoa

Red Pepper Thai Coconut Asparagus with Quinoa

Red Pepper Thai Coconut Asparagus quinoa paleo vegan gluten free side dish proteinI opened the fridge and realized I hadn’t made anything with the asparagus I’d bought recently. I remembered a recipe I came across recently and remembered the words “thai” and “coconut” but not much else. That was enough for me though. The light bulb went off and I started gathering ingredients like Edward Scissorhands trimming a hedge lol.

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I wasn’t sure how this would turn out but of course I was hoping for the best. It had so many of my favorite foods and flavors so how could it not kick ass?

Thankfully, it kicked ass! So much so that I walked away for a few minutes and when I came back to the kitchen, half of it was gone. Hubby owed up and said “I ate it, it was really good!” That’s the best compliment of all. He even requested I make it again this week.

Red Pepper Thai Coconut Asparagus with Quinoa
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1½ - 2 cups chopped asparagus (about 1 inch pieces)
  • ½ sweet yellow onion, diced small
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa (you'll use the coconut milk to cook the quinoa instead of water)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk + 1 tablespoon, separated
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes + a pinch, separated
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • big pinch of curry powder
  • dash salt/pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, prepare quinoa. Combine uncooked quinoa with 1 cup of coconut milk. Bring to a boil then reduce to a very low simmer, add teaspoon of red pepper flakes, stir and cover. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. If after 10 minutes there is still liquid left in the pan, uncover pan and let the liquid cook off.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, heat coconut oil in a medium skillet and add onion. Saute on medium for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add paprika, curry powder and salt/pepper, stir.
  4. Add asparagus and combine everything in the skillet. Continue to saute on medium for 3 - 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add cooked quinoa to onion/asparagus mixture plus 1 tablespoon of coconut milk and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Cook until the coconut milk is cooked off.
  6. Serve.

 

Summer Salad – Watermelon, Edamame and Feta

Summer Salad  – Watermelon, Edamame and Feta

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This is the prettiest salad I’ve ever laid eyes on. I think I have crush on it. I found this beautiful salad recipe in one of my mom’s magazines and it was love at first site. While it’s the purdiest thing ever, I never would have thought to combine these flavors but hot damn, they really go great together. 

 watermelon feta edamame wheat berry berries balsamic vinegar fiber protein salad

The addition of the wheat berries and edamame makes this salad a filling meal. I’m a big fan of wheat berries and edamame. They are both packed with protein, fiber and lots of vital nutrients and minerals. Check out my wheat berry waldorf salad for another variation on this awesome true whole grain. 

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 { I always use organics whenever available }

Summer Salad - Watermelon, Edamame and Feta
 
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • SALAD:
  • 3 cups watermelon, diced into small cubes
  • ½ cup cooked soft white wheat berries
  • 1 cup cooked shelled edamame (I used frozen steamfresh shelled edamame)
  • 4 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 teaspoons fresh chopped mint leaves
  • 1 package of spring mix lettuce
  • DRESSING:
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Prepare wheat berries either by soaking overnight or cooking on stove for 40 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl combine all salad ingredients.
  3. In a small bowl combine olive oil and balsamic vinegar, toss with salad.

 

 

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Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad – No Mayo

Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad – No Mayo 

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I love that there is no mayo in this recipe but what I love most are the wheat berries. I discovered this little gem of a grain a while back and was excited to incorporate it into a recipe. Have you heard about wheat berries yet?

wheat berry waldorf salad grape apple pear dairy free side dish lettuce fiber protein nutty whole grain vegetarian vegan cinnamon vinegar cranberry fuji granny smithWheat berries are a true whole grain! Without these kernels, there would be no flour. Wheat berries are loaded with nutrients and are as easy as rice to prepare. They resemble rice when uncooked and puff up a little after boiled.

When boiled, cooked wheat berries have a chewy bite and subtle nutty, earthy flavor. They’re sturdy enough to handle bold salad dressings and still delicate enough to taste delicious with some milk, honey and cinnamon.

Since the wheat kernel is left intact, virtually none of the nutrients are stripped away. A cup of cooked wheat berries has about 300 calories and is packed with fiber, protein and iron. 

I’m absolutely bringing this to the next BBQ or party I go to. I’m a naturally anxious person so just the decision of what to bring to a party makes my brain spin. I have criteria and a tray of pre-cut veggies in plastic just doesn’t cut it.

This salad meets my top 3 requirements though: UNIQUE, DELICIOUS and HEALTHY.

Don’t let the list of ingredients deter you from making this salad. You probably have most of the ingredients already in your kitchen and the rest are super easy to pick up. Plus, once you pick up some wheat berries, you’ll be happy to have them on hand for any future recipes. I purchase mine in the bulk section at Whole Foods but Bob’s Red Mill also sells packaged wheat berries.

Wheat berries are easy to cook. There are some recipes that call for boiling them for about an hour and others that call for soaking them overnight. I opt for soaking overnight. I put the wheat berries in a bowl with water, cover and let sit in the fridge overnight. The next day while you are preparing the rest of the recipe, boil the wheat berries. It’s really simple.

I enjoyed this salad as a side to a chicken breast on top of a nice spring mix bed of lettuce. It started out that way anyway. In actuality I scooped up the Waldorf and topped my chicken with it. 

Wheat berries alone are packed with protein but this salad is a great compliment to any additional protein you might want to add. Top chicken, pork, fish or steak, it all works. 

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Another serving suggestion is to spoon the Waldorf salad into bib lettuce and top with diced chicken breast = Waldorf Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps.

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Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad (Mayo Free)
 
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Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad (Mayo Free)
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup wheat berries, rinsed
  • 2½ cup water
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar or rice vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
  • ¼ cup apple juice or lemon juice (I used organic apple juice)
  • 1½ teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 large Granny Smith unpeeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 large Fuji, unpeeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 medium pear, unpeeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 stalks finely chopped celery
  • ½ cup dried cranberry or blueberries (I used cranberries)
  • ½ seedless green or red grapes, halved (I used red grapes)
  • Optional: honey roasted peanuts
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, soak rinsed wheat berries in the 2½ cups of water. Cover and refrigerate overnight (6 to 12 hours).
  2. Without draining, transfer wheat berries to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer covered for about 30 minutes or until a tender chewy texture.
  4. Drain and transfer to a bowl to cool slightly.
  5. While the wheat berries are simmering, mix up the dressing.
  6. **DRESSING**
  7. Combine oil, parsley, sugar, salt, vinegar, apple juice and cinnamon. (Either whisk very well or shake vigorously in a screw top jar.)
  8. Pour dressing over slightly cooled wheat berries and combine well.
  9. **SALAD**
  10. In a large bowl combine apples, pear, cranberries, celery and grapes.
  11. Stir in dressing/wheat berry mixture.
  12. Cover and chill if not serving immediately.
  13. Optional: Sprinkle with honey roasted nuts.

 

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