Thursday, May 31, 2012

Best Ever Quinoa Tabouleh

easy organic quinoa tabouleh

One day, I will learn not to set myself up in situations that chronically make me angry, or resentful, or disappointed. Yes, today's little incident was in part the fault of the woman who pulled into my carpark space at ballet - oblivious to my indicator and everything - but I am fully aware that:
  • that carpark is a perpetual nightmare.
  • just up and around the corner there's plenty of street parking.
  • the time it takes to walk from up the street is less than the time it usually takes to find a spot in the carpark.
  • that particular carpark brings out the worst in me.
So, I have to take some responsibility for my frustration. I know these things already, and I have choices to make - choices that can simplify my life and keep my brain in a happier place. 

If only I could program a reminder into the GPS. With her clever, British accent: "Please do not park here. Please park up the street. Smile."

Ah yes, of course. Thank you. 
Smile.
Amanda xx

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Herby Quinoa Tabouleh
serves 4

Ever since my friend Jenn introduced me to quinoa tabouleh (and no I'm not telling you how long ago that was ... ), I've preferred it to the regular, traditional bulghur kind. When it's cooked, quinoa grains have a certain lightness and separation that makes them (I think) better for salads. I cut back a little on the parsley from most recipes, because I wanted to maximise the chances my 4 year old would love it, but with the garden-fresh mint and chives in there it's still pleasantly green and herby. This goes perfect with fresh bread for a light lunch or dinner, or as a side dish with anything Mediterranean.

The time
15 min prep, as long as you have pre-cooked quinoa

The ingredients
2 cups cooked, cooled quinoa
1 packed cup finely minced fresh parsley (flat and/or curly are fine)
1-3 tomatoes, finely diced
2 Tbs minced fresh mint
2 Tbs minced fresh garlic chives
1/3 cup lemon juice (~2 med lemons)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
pinch of sea salt, or to taste

*Try to buy organic when you can - especially for herbs. I like knowing that my herbs are totally clean and pure! (And yes, I'm talking about parsley, mint and chives here. Seriously, people.)

best ever quinoa tabouli

The process
Mix everything together and eat!

The cost
I stock up on bulk organic quinoa and olive oil when they go on sale ... and all the herbs came from my garden (or my friend Michelle's) - so this organic salad cost me about $0.50 a serve.

15 comments:

Jenn DeWoody said... [Reply to comment]

i'm flattered! Can't wait to try this new and improved version. It''s now on the list for this weekend. Thanks!

Hope all is well there! Miss you!
Jenn

Linda @ stuff i like said... [Reply to comment]

Ugh, that carpark does my head in, too. I love that you are loving on quinoa at the moment. It's one of my favourites. We made your blueberry quinoa cake yesterday (with raspberries instead of blueberries). DELICIOUS. xx

Paula said... [Reply to comment]

I still have to cook with quinoa and know I must be the last person on the planet to try it! You are smart to have decided to pick your battles with what frustrates and annoys you. We waste too much time and energy letting those *little things* throughout our days get the better of us.

Amanda said... [Reply to comment]

Ah, of course I would never forget! Miss you too :)

Amanda said... [Reply to comment]

Yes that carpark. But it is adjacent to awesome fish place, deli, coffee and beautiful ballet studio. Alas.

Happy you liked the quinoa cake - raspberry is a great idea!!

Amanda said... [Reply to comment]

I wonder if the energy gained from quinoa counterbalances the energy loss from frustrating parking situations? ;)

Cassandra said... [Reply to comment]

I hope you don't mind, I had to share this on facebook! I love the way you processed that situation. I'll be mindful next time I get frustrated. Looking forward to some herby quinoa too.
Thanks!

Ally said... [Reply to comment]

This looks like one tantalizing tabbouleh!
xo
http://allykayler.blogspot.co.uk/

Deb Reynolds said... [Reply to comment]

looks great...can't wait to try it!

Jacki C. said... [Reply to comment]

Made your recipe last night and loved it. Quinoa is the best!

Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Cassandra Yes, I think it definitely helps to take a step back and have a look at the situation from the outside! Chirpy 4 year old comments help immensely, too :)

Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Cassandra PS. of course I don't mind! :)

Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Ally Cutely said, Ally :)

Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Deb Reynolds Hope you love it just as much as Jacki C did! (Thanks Jacki!)

Loren said... [Reply to comment]

I'm going to try out this recipe tonight. It looks and sounds yummy!

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Thanks for commenting! Amandaxx

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