(NaturalNews) It can be hard to find vegan-friendly recipes that are satisfying and delicious, but this Thai style quinoa with veggies recipe satisfies both criteria. Thai dishes often have coconut milk as a main ingredient, and this dish is no exception.
Coconut milk and coconut oil are often misunderstood as being a "fattening" food. However, they both have some excellent properties that boost heart health and make them an great option for flavorful, healthful cooking.
The other ingredients in this recipe have health benefits as well. Ginger is an excellent stomach tonic, as it can soothe intestinal and digestive discomfort. Ginger has been known to help increase blood flow to the extremities, and it is also a natural anti inflammatory.
Quinoa, which is a seed that cooks up like a grain, is an excellent protein source for vegans. Unlike many other starchy recipe bases, like brown rice and bulgur wheat, quinoa contains complete amino acids. Quinoa is also a great alternative to pasta and wheat for those with gluten intolerance.
The veggies in this recipe, snow peas and broccoli, are rich in chlorophyll, fiber, iron and vitamin C. They add antioxidant value, regulation for the digestive system, and an overall complex carbohydrate energy boost.
Rounding out the recipe, we have another nutritional powerhouse, avocado. Avocado is another food vilified as "fattening", which actually has plentiful health benefits. Avocado is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, the anti-cancer nutrient oleic acid, and lutein, which is great for eye health.
Ingredient List for Thai Style Quinoa with Veggies :
1 cup cooked quinoa 1 cup steamed snow peas 1 cup steamed broccoli 1/2 cup coconut milk 1/4 cup natural, chunky style peanut butter 8-10 shakes sesame oil, or season to your taste 1-2 T soy sauce 1/2 T dried ground ginger, or 1 T fresh ground ginger 1 crushed clove of garlic 1/2 small avocado, diced into small pieces