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Sweet and Savory Quinoa

Ouinoa is a grain, similar to a small, light pasta, known for its antioxidant properties. You cook it like rice until it flakes with a fork and the grains unfold. Then you can serve it as a salad, a side or a soup. Here are two ways to enjoy the healthy benefits of this tasty grain.
Quinoa with Cranberries, Carrots and Snap Peas
2 cups Quinoa
4 cups water
¼ cup dried cranberries
½  cup frozen peas
¼ cup shredded carrots
¼ cup julienned snap peas
½ cup balsamic (or favorite) vinaigrette (or to taste)
Mediterranean Quinoa
2 cups quinoa
4 cups water
½ cup kalamata olives (diced)
¼ cup slivered sundried tomatoes (or fresh diced grape tomatoes)
¼ cup thinly sliced scallions
½ cup balsamic (or favorite) vinaigrette
Cook the Quinoa in the water according to package directions or until it forms little circles (the quinoa has opened up) and flakes with a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients for either recipe above, season and serve.
…and for a heartier version add
1 cup cooked lentils or black beans
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