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In The Kitch With Perez: Quinoa Salad!

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Kosher In The Kitch Quinoa

Quinoa is the perfect base for a salad since it’s hearty and filling and can be paired with any dressing. This one is sweet with a slight tart kick. The pomegranate seeds give it a nice crunch!

Ingredients:
1 cup of quinoa
2 cups of chicken stock
1 small red onion, diced
1 avocado, cubed
1/2 cup of pomegranate seeds
1/3 cup of olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon garlic
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
juice of 1 lime

Directions:
Cook quinoa as directed on packaging, using chicken stock in place of water. Once cooked, combine in a large bowl with avocado, red onion and pomegranate seeds. Prepare dressing by mixing together the oil, vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, salt, pepper and juice of 1 lime. Add dressing to quinoa salad and mix well.

- Recipe from Kosher In The Kitch blogger, Nina Safar

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PETA Sends Cookbooks To Rachel McAdams To Get Her Back On The Vegetarian Train

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Rachel McAdams was a vegetarian, but not a very good one.

So she quit.

She said:

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29 Healthiest Foods

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29 Healthiest Foods

It seems like every magazine and website has their own version of the “healthiest foods” list. And each list has different foods on it.

But that doesn’t mean they’re not helpful. Use them more as guidelines and suggestions for foods you should be eating more of.

Here’s part of a list compiled by Belly Bytes. Check out the rest of the list here.

1. Apricots
“The Power: Beta-carotene, which helps prevent free-radical damage and protect the eyes. The body also turns beta-carotene into vitamin A, which may help ward off some cancers, especially of the skin. One apricot has 17 calories, 0 fat, 1 gram of fiber. Snacks on them dried, or if you prefer fresh, buy when still firm; once they soften, they lose nutrients.”

2. Avocados
“The Power: Oleic acid, an unsaturated fat that helps lower overall cholesterol and raise levels of HDL, plus a good dose of fiber. One slice has 81 calories, 8 grams of fat and 3 grams of fiber. Try a few slices instead of mayonnaise to dress up your next burger.”

3. Onions
“The Power: Quercetin is one of the most powerful flavonoids (natural plant antioxidants). Studies show it helps protect against cancer. A cup (chopped) has 61 calories, 0 fat and 3 grams of fiber. Chop onions for the maximum phytonutrient boost, or if you hate to cry, roast them with a little olive oil and serve with rice or other vegetables.”

4. Artichokes
“The Power: These odd-looking vegetables contain silymarin, an antioxidant that helps prevent skin cancer, plus fiber to help control cholesterol. One medium artichoke has 60 calories, 0 fat and 7 grams of fiber. Steam over boiling water for 30 to 40 minutes. Squeeze lemon juice on top, then pluck the leaves off with your fingers and use your teeth to scrape off the rich-tasting skin. When you get to the heart, you have found the best part!”

5. Quinoa
“The Power: A half cup of cooked quinoa has 5 grams of protein, more than any other grain, plus iron, riboflavin and magnesium. A half-cup has 318 calories, 5 grams of fat and 5 grams of fiber. Add to soup for a protein boost. Rinse first, or it will taste bitter.”

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