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One of the things I like to do is to have some things that i can just grab and eat RIGHT NOW, when i need it. That is one of the things that I miss when comparing my diet with the Standard British Diet, where you could grab some crisps, cheese or a snack-bar. The problem with this is that to my palate now it tastes “dirty” or makes me feel yucky.

I always try to keep dips like hummus etc and some fruit of course and brownies etc., A thought came to mind that its easy to make some salads which can be stored in the fridge for a few days. Rice salads, pasta salads etc will all last for a few days. This is one salad that will keep and improve in flavour for 3 days or so.

Traditionally tabbouleh is a Levantine Arab salad traditionally made of bulgur, tomatoes, cucumbers, but my version here is made with quinoa for 2 reasons.

1 – I had no bulgur wheat in the larder.
2 – Quinoa needs strong flavours to go with it.
3 – My trainer, (Jason) mentioned Quinoa this morning and i thought, “ah, ha not had that in a while”

2-3 cups of uncooked Quinoa, rinsed under cold water
4-6 cups of Water (enough to cover Quinoa in a saucepan)
1 Large bunch of Parsley (I used flat leaf)
3 Cloves of Garlic, peeled
3 Med/Large Onions (2 x cut into quarters and 1 finely chopped)
6-8 Med Tomatoes finely chopped
2 Tblsp Lemon Juice
1 Tblsp Lime Juice
2 Tblsp Apple Cider or White Wine Vinegar
Hot Sauce to taste (Optional)
1/2 Tsp coarsely ground Black Pepper
1/2 Tsp of Salt or Herbamare

To cook the quinoa, rinse thoroughly and then cover with water. Bring to boil and simmer gently (approx 20-25 mins) till little tails appear and the water has been absorbed. Allow to cool. (If the water has not all been absorbed then ensure it’s cooked and then drain in a fine mesh sieve).

In a food processor put the garlic, 2 quartered onions, parsley, lemon (or lime) juice, splash of hot sauce, vinegar, black pepper and salt. Process until all combined and very finely chopped.

Pour the parsley mixture over the cooked quinoa and mix thoroughly. You can then add the chopped tomatoes, and chopped onion and mix again. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Best if left for an hour or more in the fridge before serving.

Quinoa is a great grain like product that is super healthy and makes a very cheap meal! You can use it hot or cold, just add lots of flavour.