Italian Quinoa

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Yields 6-8 servings (depending on if used as a side dish or main course)
Can be served hot or cold

2 cups uncooked quinoa (rinsed)
4 cups water
1 cup pitted green olives-chopped
2 cups artichoke hearts-sliced
1 cup kidney beans
1 ½ cup roasted red bell pepper-sliced
½ medium Vidalia onion-chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes-halved
1 lb low fat mozzarella or Tofu-cubed **Optional**
½ flat leaf parsley-chopped
4-5 leaves of fresh basil-chopped

1. Rinse Quinoa
2. Bring 4 cups water to a boil, add quinoa, cover and simmer on low heat for approximately 15 minutes or until all water is absorbed. Let stand in pot when finished for 10 minutes, then fluff with a fork and pour into a large bowl
3. Fold in the remaining ingredients. Serve warm or room temperature.

Pineapple "Fried" Rice

Prep Time- 15 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Yields: 4-6 servings (depending on if used as a side dish or main course)

2 cups uncooked brown rice (soaked for 4-24hours to for easy digestion)
¾ of a whole pineapple-cored and cubed
3 ears of fresh corn-cut off the cob
1 cup asparagus tips
½ a medium Vidalia onion-sliced
2 cups broccoli florets
½ cup carrot
1 cup cashews
4-5 fresh basil leaves-chopped
3 tablespoons sesame Oil
¼ cup tamari sauce
Sea salt and pepper to taste

1. After rice is soaked, fill pot with rice and 4 cups of water and bring to a boil
2. Cover and let simmer on low heat for approx 40-50 minutes
3. Coat wok with oil
4. Sautee broccoli and carrots for 10 minutes
5. Add onion and sautee for approx. 5 minutes
6. Add remaining corn, asparagus, pineapple and cashews-sautee for another 5 minutes
7. Add rice, basil and tamari to wok-Toss and let stand for 2 minutes on low heat


Curried Millet

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

1 cup dry-roasted millet
1/2 cup crushed cashews
3 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups stock or water

1. Boil the stock or water in a pot.
2. Add all the ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until all the liquid is absorbed.
3.  Fluff with a fork and serve warm.