Friday, 3 October 2014

Quinoa and spicy Red Cabbage salad in a Jar


Quinoa pronounced as "keen-wah"  is a seed, not a grain and it’s grown high in the Andes Mountains of South America. It is a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium) .It is packed nutrients including all eight essential amino acids. It is gluten and wheat free too and has the perfect ratio of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Quinoa by itself tastes rather bland but it is great when flavoured with spices, herbs, nuts and vegetables.

Together with grains, seeds and nuts there are many foods such as fruits and vegetables that are good for a healthy diet and to give you healthy teeth too. Foods like salmon, purple cabbage, ginger, green tea and water are good for healthy teeth .Try and avoid alcohol, sweets, refined carbohydrates, dyes and  consume berries and beetroot in moderation as they tend to stain the teeth unless you brush your teeth immediately after eating them. Simply health are promoting "Eating for a healthy smile"  I have created this recipe using ingredients that are healthy for your teeth and I am entering this recipe  to the Simply health Healthy smile competition.

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Quinoa and Spicy Red Cabbage Salad in a Jar
Beautiful and Vibrant layered salad with aromatic flavours and textures.

Ingredients:
Layer 1
  • 1 Small white onion
  • 120g Red Cabbage finely shredded
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fresh ginger paste
Layer 2
  • 1 Medium carrot
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • 1 small pinch Salt
  • 1 small pinch Black pepper
Layer 3
  • 1/4 cup Quinoa
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh chopped Coriander
  • 1 pinch Turmeric
Layer 4
  • 1 Gem lettuce
  • 1/4 Pepper yellow
  • 1/4 Peppers red
Method:

Layer 1 -Spicy Cabbage 
1. Add the oil in a pan, when it is hot add the onions and sauté for 1 minute.Next add the cabbage,ginger paste salt, chilli powder and lemon juice and toss the cabbage for 5-6 minutes until it softens but is al dente.Remove from heat and cool.
Layer 2-Carrot and Cranberry Salad 
2. Grate the carrot and add it to a bowl, add the cranberries, salt, pepper and lemon juice and toss together. Keep aside
Layer 3- Quinoa and Coriander Salad 
3. Add the quinoa to apan and add the water. Add the salt and turmeric and bring to boil. Once water begins to boil, reduce the heat and cook the Quinoa for 15 minutes until all the water is absorbed and Quinoa is cooked. Transfer the cooked quinoa to a bowl and wait for it to cool. Add the chopped coriander and mix together.
Layer 4- Green Salad 
4. Shred the gem lettuce and finely slice the peppers, Mix together and keep aside.
Layering the salad. In a kilner jar with a large mouth, add a layer of the spicy cabbage, pack it down. Add a layer of the carrot and cranberry mixture and pack it down. Next add the layer of Quinoa mixture and pack it down. Finally add a layer of the green salad.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Serves 2

31 comments:

  1. Looks delicious! I'll have to try it sometime!

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  2. Beautiful and healthy. Can there be a better combination?

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  3. Very nice salad with quinoa and red cabbage.

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  4. looks delicious as always, i like the idea of the jar!
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  5. Love this! I like salad, so going to try this soon!

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  6. that looks delicious! will have to try it out soon xx

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  7. What a wonderful idea. I love the fact that it is in the jar, it looks amazing!

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  8. The whole things is really nice and colourful, I'm just not sold on quinoa yet x

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  9. What a lovely pretty layered salad Nayna. Perfect for a work packed lunch!

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  10. That looks so pretty I don't think I'd care what's inside ;-)

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  11. This looks so tasty and perfect for lunch.

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  12. It looks delicious but you wouldn't eat it from the jar would you? There's no wiggle room to get a bit of everything on your fork. A great one to bookmark for next years picnics though - super portable!

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  13. I have Quinoa for the first time at Britmums Live earlier in the year x

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  14. I love the idea of the jar. The colours and layers looks so appealing.

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  15. This looks fab. Would be a great lunch for me to take to work. x

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  16. I love the little jar idea, I have never had Quinoa - really must try it!

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  17. This looks delicious - I prefer quinoa to couscous :)

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  18. Quinoa is one of those ingredients that I didn't like at first, but having used it a few times over the years now, it's a versatile ingredient. This salad looks delicious!

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  19. love this to go lunch , i needed this for my two weeks course. comes handy.

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  20. I love the layered idea very much. Quinoa is a favourite with Miraj at the moment so I will try layering it with the other healthy options you have used.

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  21. Lovely idea, nit heard of Quinoa before

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  22. ooh this is a great idea for a lunch box or picnic! x

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  23. Quinoa is one of my favourite staples and I have it practically every other day with avocado, cucumber and tomatoes. I love your version and what a wonderful way to present the salad.

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  24. Oh that looks pretty appetizing! Thanks for sharing

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  25. Oh that looks pretty appetizing! Thanks for sharing

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  26. I like the contrast of colours. Bet it tastes lovely.

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  27. beautifully presented!

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  28. It looks amazing - everyone is raving about this so I may have to give it a go. Stephen :o)

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  29. This looks amazing - I will have to give this a go. Thank you

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  30. This does look lovely and tastey, will have to give it a go

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  31. Great idea to take the salad with you. If you put the dressing on the bottle nothing gets soggy before lunchtime either.

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