Quinoa should be a food group all its own.  Here it is paired with grilled salmon, kale and baked sweet potato.  If you have never cooked quinoa before here’s how you do it:  1 cup quinoa, 2 cups water.  Bring to a boil then simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Add a pinch of salt if using for savory dishes.  Leave plain if using for breakfast or smoothies.

Top this delicious salad with ripe avocado and take it to a whole new level.

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 can chickpeas

1 can black beans

1 can sweet corn

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

½ cup chopped fresh parsley

1 diced ripe tomato


¼ cup red wine vinegar

½ cup extra virgin olive, pinch of cumin

sea salt and pepper to taste

Salmon with quinoa salad

Salmon on a bed of kale paired with quinoa salad and baked sweet potato.  Recipe: Mary Massey