Ok, as you probably can tell by now, I LOVE quinoa. It’s packed with protein with a great texture. It’s like a really good-looking actor who is also freaking amazing at his craft, and is super smart….and handsome…did I already mention that?…ahem*Denzel Washington* ahem.
Anyhoo, as I am embarking into the world of eating cleaner, I have decided to become more creative and adventurous in my food combinations, especially for the big kahunas like lunch and dinner. And because I have the appetite of a baby dinosaur, I wanted to make sure I made a meal that was both tasty, satisfying, and easy to make….*enter the ricotta quinoa tomato salad*
Ok, a few things about the ingredients:
- Ricotta: A great source of protein (14 g for a 1/2 cup), gives me calcium for strong bones, omega-3 and 6 fatty acids to help fight cancer and heart disease, great source of vitamin A, riboflavin, and vitamin B-12.
- Quinoa: aside from being a great protein source, this whole grain is also renowned for its health benefits of vital minerals like iron, B-vitamins, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber.
- Grape Tomato: Obviously an amazing fruit, the grape tomato is a great source of vitamin C, folate, vitamin A, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
So, let’s get to that recipe
Serving size: 1 person
Prep Time: 10 minutes
- 1/2 cup of Ricotta Cheese
- 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa (I used red quinoa)
- 1/2 cup of grape tomatoes
- 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
- a pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley
- Ground Pepper (optional)
- Cut the grape tomatoes in half length-wise and put into a bowl. Mix in salt and vinegar and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Mix parsley and cooked quinoa into a mixing bowl and mix together. Scoop into the serving dish (or leave in mixing bowl…your choice)
- Add ricotta cheese
- Top with marinated tomatoes and ground pepper (optional)
I am happy to say this dish was SO easy to put together. It almost astounded me that a dish this flavorful and delicious took me less than 15 minutes to put together; it’s a nice little recipe to keep under my belt to both impress my tastebuds and my short attention-span/patience when it comes to cooking/feeding my hungry belly.
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What are your thoughts about this recipe? Got other ideas for using quinoa or ricotta cheese? Please comment and share below!