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Curried Quinoa with Cauliflower, Almonds and Dried Apricots

Quinoa (keen-wah) is easy to make and a great choice for vegans and vegetarians concerned about their protein intake, because it's a complete protein, like milk. Filled with lysine (which is readily found in meat and dairy, but hard to get elsewhere), quinoa packs a punch filled with high levels of potassium, riboflavin, calcium and B vitamins. And for pregnant women, quinoa provides a good source of folic acid.

August 24th, 2012

By LeeAnne Wright

"The recipe was very easy to prepare and our kids enjoyed helping. When you have a bigger family, that's really important." - Dawn Ward, mom of Corryn, 12, Jayden, 10, Hailey, 9, and Jonathan, 8, Medicine Hat, Alta.

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Prep Time
Prep to table: 20 minutes
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked*
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced dried apricot slivers
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets, blanched
  • 1/2 cup almond slivers, toasted
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  1. Mix curry, cumin, vinegar, oil, orange juice, ginger and salt. Set aside. In a serving bowl, combine all remaining ingredients including dressing. Stir gently to mix, adding salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  2. *To cook quinoa, cover it with twice its volume in water (in this case, 2 cups), bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed.

Nutrients Per Serving

Nutrients per serving 437 calories, 21 g fat, 136 mg calcium, 302 mg sodium, 55 g carbohydrates, 9 g fibre, 12 g protein. Excellent source of vitamin A, folate, vitamin C, iron and zinc.

Curried Quinoa with Cauliflower, Almonds and Dried Apricots
Photo by John Cullen