So Healthy, So Good: Quinoa Salad with Arugula and Feta

I’m shooting 4 television shows this week for NBC 13 “Daytime Alabama”, and here’s one of the dishes I will be making. For those of you not familiar with quinoa, I hope that I can help out. Quinoa is an amino acid protein rich seed that has a fluffy slightly crunchy texture and a nutty flavor when cooked. You cook it just as you would cook rice although you need to rinse the seeds before cooking them. Most commonly considered a grain, quinoa is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard with so many health benefits.¬†Quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of fiber, protein, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus. It is said to be helpful to those who get migraine headaches and helps reduce diabetes and atherosclerosis. I love this Quinoa Salad with Arugula and Feta as it’s so fresh, healthy and flavorful. Feel free to make it a main dish by adding cooked chicken or shrimp. This is the perfect dish to start the new year on the right (and healthy) foot.

Salmon with Warm Black Bean Salsa

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When Whole Foods Market asked me if I would do one of my television cooking segments for NBC 13 “Daytime Alabama” on Alaskan Salmon, I said, “Yes, please.” We eat salmon at least once a week at my house. Salmon is called a “superfood” because it’s high in omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat that seems to decrease the risk of heart disease. It’s also a prime source of protein and contains vitamins A and B. This salsa works great with the dish featuring “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray”. Serve the salsa warm or at room temperature.

Watch my segment, Friday, July 9th at 11:30 central time.