As I mentioned in my last post the biggest difference between Canada and the US that I am experiencing is with the food. It was normal to have a large organic section in almost every grocery store and to see smaller markets that offered primarily only organic food. However, in the San Jose I had to go to 3 grocery stores before I could find a box of quinoa! No one sells it here except for Whole Foods (that I’ve found so far).
Whole Foods by the way is my new favourite grocer. I love everything in that store and want it all! The only down side is the cost. It’s sooooo much more expensive than other grocers. As I walked through the store I found something I hadn’t been able to find easily in the US as of yet….healthy food everywhere. Most grocery stores here like Lucky’s and Foodmax do offer some healthy food and a few organic products but you really have to dig to find them.
As I mentioned I was finally able to buy my quinoa! With my new love for Whole Foods naturally I turned to them for inspiration on creating a new quinoa salad dish. I’ve posted the recipe below but it’s worth your time to check out their site for further inspiration. This recipe was delicious and I’ll definitely be visiting this site regularly for more recipe ideas!
1 cup quinoa
1 large tomato, seeded and diced
2 ears corn, kernels removed
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
1 mango, peeled and diced
3 tablespoons finely chopped chives
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve until water runs clear, drain and transfer to a medium pot. Add 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer until water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside off the heat for 5 minutes; uncover and fluff with a fork.
Add remaining ingredients and toss until combined.
Per serving: 270 calories (35 from fat), 4g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 20mg sodium, 54g total carbohydrate (7g dietary fiber, 20g sugar), 10g protein
**TIP: In my version I added chopped up avocado and loved the flavour it added.