Kuntrageous! (laceyslostlove) wrote in vegancooking,

Cumin-y Quinoa Tabbouleh

I'm trying to be better about using the things I have at home to cook. There's no point in stock piling food...at least that's what I'm trying to tell myself. I had all the ingredients at home to make tabboleh except for bulgar. Quinoa is healthier in my mind than bulgar, and it's still a wonderful "grain" (it's a seed really), so I chose to use quinoa. I've noticed recently that I'm not consuming nearly enough protein OR enough veggies; so I did add chickpeas to this recipe. I LOVE cumin, so I really had to use some; I just think it adds a lot of flavor to any dish. I've been getting huge bags of cumin on the cheap at Mitchell's Deli in East Nashville, so I have no reason to limit myself. They have quite a lot of other spices that are really cheap in there as well, so If you're in Nashville-Check it out!

(for the quinoa)
1 1/2 c water
1/4 c lemon juice
1/2 t cumin
1 cup quinoa

Wash your quinoa twice-trust me; you need to do this. Bring all ingredients to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low (simmer), cover and cook for 15-17 minutes; until liquid is gone. Allow to cool completely before moving forward. I put mine in the fridge and it took just under an hour to cool down.

1/4 c olive oil
1/4 c lemon juice
2 t salt (+/- to taste; I think i may have used more, this is the one thing I didn't measure)
1/2 t cumin
1/4 t paprika
1 1/2 c chickpeas cooked, rinsed and drained
1 large seedless cucumber, chopped
4 roma tomatoes, chopped
1 cup parsley, minced, large stems removed
lots of fresh pepper

Mix olive oil, lemon juice, salt, cumin, paprika, and pepper together to make a dressing. Mix this with your quinoa, then add all your veggies and combine well. Enjoy!

Here's not the best cell phone pic; my husband "organized" the back room for me, and I haven't been able to locate my camera cable for the last two weeks. He says I lost it-I think he "put it away" somewhere that was logical to him.
Tags: beans-chickpeas/garbanzo-beans, grains-quinoa, vegetables-cucumbers, vegetables-tomatoes
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