Home Cooking- Asparagus Quinoa Salad with Middle Eastern Twist

Was up early this morning and decided to finish up the left over asparagus we bought a day back. With just 3 ingredients left in my kitchen, I whipped up an easy quinoa salad with a middle eastern twist.

I washed the quinoa a couple of times before placing it into a small pot of hot water. Next I added a sprinkle of ground turmeric, ground thyme and some ground coriander into the hot water followed by  a pinch of salt and pepper. Once it starts boiling, lower the heat and cover the pot for 15 minutes. Once done, the quinoa should be really fluffy or use a fork to fluff it through.

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I baked my asparagus stalk in 2″ length with garlic powder, black pepper and salt in the oven for 10 minutes at 180 celsius. Once done, I combined the roasted asparagus stalk with egyptian dukkah (YUMS with rustic bread & olive oil) and some japanese seaweed with my cooked quinoa. We bought our egyptian dukkah from Great World City but the best we have ever tasted came from Melbourne Australia in a vineyard visit a couple of years back.

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A simple and delightful salad to kick start my easter sunday!

Did you know asparagus have 5 powerful health benefits too?

  1. It’s loaded with nutrients: Asparagus is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells
  2. This herbaceous plant—along with avocado, kale and Brussels sprouts—is a particularly rich source of glutathione, a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens and other harmful compounds like free radicals. This is why eating asparagus may help protect against and fight certain forms of cancer, such as bone, breast, colon, larynx and lung cancers.
  3. Asparagus is packed with antioxidants, ranking among the top fruits and vegetables for its ability to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. This, according to preliminary research, may help slow the aging process.
  4. Another anti-aging property of this delicious spring veggie is that it may help our brains fight cognitive decline. Like leafy greens, asparagus delivers folate, which works with vitamin B12—found in fish, poultry, meat and dairy—to help prevent cognitive impairment. In a study from Tufts University, older adults with healthy levels of folate and B12 performed better on a test of response speed and mental flexibility. (If you’re 50-plus, be sure you’re getting enough B12: your ability to absorb it decreases with age.)
  5. One more benefit of asparagus: It contains high levels of the amino acid asparagine, which serves as a natural diuretic, and increased urination not only releases fluid but helps rid the body of excess salts. This is especially beneficial for people who suffer from edema (an accumulation of fluids in the body’s tissues) and those who have high blood pressure or other heart-related diseases.

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