MUNG BEANS, BLACK BELUGA LENTILS AND QUINOA SALAD

MUNG BEANS, BLACK BELUGA LENTILS AND QUINOA SALAD I tried this combination today and it was spectacular! I cooked the lentils following the instructions of soaking 1 cup of lentils in 4 cups of water with 1 tsp. of salt for about one hour. Then I simmered the lentils in the same salted water until tender (about 12-15 minutes).

Following, I rinsed the Mung beans, put them aside, and brought to boil 3 cups of water with 1/2 tsp of salt. While boiling I poured the beans and allowed the water to come back to boil, covered the sauce pan and cooked it until the water was all absorbed.  Did the same with the Quinoa, with a 2 to 1 ratio (2 cups of water to 1 cup of quinoa).

When all grains cooled, I combined some of each grain in a bowl and added fresh vegetables, namely julienned zucchini, chopped red pepper, celery, Roma tomatoes and shredded carrots.

I prepared a salad dressing with olive oil, Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar, a hint of honey and salt and pepper. I mixed it all with the salad dressing and to served I added some millimetre thick beet slices ( to avoid everything else getting red), slivered almonds and shaved Parmesan cheese. It was fabulous! Even my husband that continuously says that he is not a beans and lentils person, enjoyed it very much! Hope you like it as well!

Bon appétit !

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SPAGHETTI SQUASH SALAD PLATTER WITH ROASTED AND FRESH VEGETABLES

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SPAGHETTI SQUASH SALAD PLATTER WITH ROASTED AND FRESH VEGETABLES

It is the first time that I tried this dish and it was very, very tasty.
If you decide that you do not wish to have carbs during lunch but you want the visual satisfaction that you are having a traditional spaghetti dish, then this is it. It certainly was for me!

I prepared the spaghetti squash following the instructions I found on the web: cut the squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, poured a little olive oil and added pepper; then, I put the two halves, cut side down, on a cookie sheet and placed them in a 375 degree oven for 40 to 50 minutes or until you can easily pierce the skin with a fork. Let it cool, and then, with a fork, start separating the strands.

I added blanched kale and diced red pepper, seasoned with olive oil and apple cider vinegar, and added salt and pepper to taste. I finished the platter by adding some asparagus, tomatoes, and avocados sprinkled with shaved Parmesan cheese.  I found that the spaghetti squash had a neutral taste, but it took very nicely the flavour of the olive oil, vinegar and the parmesan cheese. Next time I will add to it some kind of pesto perhaps!

Bon Appétit