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Warm Quinoa and Yam Salad

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Here is the Recipe of my Quinoa and Yam salad, it turns out very good, and I like it because it is warm, nutritious, easy to make, and YUMY:) It is warm so even in fall and winter you still like to eat it.

Ingredients:

Quinoa                              1/2 cup

Yam                                   3

Kale                                   3 leaves

Red Bell pepper           1

Olive Oil

Thyme

Salt and Pepper

Lemon Juice

Direction:

1-Wash and cook quinoa, cooking quinoa is like cooking rice, so you can use your rice cooker!

2- Peel and dice Yam and put it in a pot with little bit of water and salt and cook it. Make sure you don’t over cook it, we don’t want it to be so soft.

3-When the yams are cooked drain the water and put them in frying pan in addition to chopped Red bell Pepper, and 1 tsp of dried Thyme ( or fresh ) and saute for 5 minutes with Olive oil.

4- In a large Bowl Chop Kale leaves into small pieces ( make sure you separate the leaves from stem )

5- Add cooked quinoa and sautéed Yam and Pepper to your Bowl and add some olive oil, salt and pepper and dash of lemon juice and Mix well. ( don’t add too much lemon juice since your Yam is sweet and you just want to balance the taste with a bit of lemon juice, so at the end your Salad shouldn’t taste sour)

Bonne a petit 🙂

 

Organic Vs. Non-organic

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Have you ever wondered if you should buy Organic food while passing the Organic Ile in your favorite Supermarket? I am sure you have! But here is the question: Do we have to buy all of our foods Organic or only specific foods need to be purchased organic?

Here in this post I will give you some tips for your Organic shopping list that actually works and you don’t have to spend so much money!

The answer is: we don’t have to buy everything organic! Some of our Vegetables and fruits are safe to consume non-organic. Only those that might expose to pesticides, hormones, Fertilizer or are genetically modified need to be bought Organic.

These are the list of the food that is safe to buy non-organic:

Avocado, Banana, Pineapple, Kiwi, Mango, Papaya, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, and Onions

Most of these Vegetables and fruits either have thick skins which protect them from pesticides or have less chance to face pests.

Now the fruits and vegetables  that you have to buy Organic:

Fruits: Peach, Apple, Nectarine, Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Grapes, Pear, Plum, Orange, Tangerine, Cantaloupe, Lemon, Honeydew, Grapefruit, and Watermelon.

Vegetables: Sweet bell peppers, Celery, Lettuce, Spinach, Potato, Carrots, Green Beans, Cucumbers, Cauliflower, mushrooms, and Tomato.

1 more tip to remember according to Canadian Food Inspection Agency:

If the label of your packaged food says “100% Organic” then it contain 100% organic material.

If it says just “Organic”, it contains at least 95% organic food.

And if says “made with Organic”, then it contains at least with 70% Organic ingredients.

I hope you enjoy your next grocery shopping 🙂