Quinoa is a super healthy food that is very easy to cook and works great as a side dish or as a meal itself. This little seed from South America cooks like rice and is packed with protein and iron. It's also higher in fiber than most grains and it's very low in carbs, calories, and fat.
For the Quinoa:
Rinse 2 cups of Quinoa 3 times then set aside to drain. Sauté 5 cloves of chopped garlic in about 2tbsp of olive oil over low heat until garlic smells, about 1 minute. Add in Quinoa and continue to saute over medium-low heat for another minute or two. Add in 3 cups of water and stir all stranded Quinoa off the sides of the pot. Add 2 tsps. of salt. Cover pot and increase heat to a high flame. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low (as low as possible). Cook for about 20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed and the Quinoa looks like it has round clear bubbles around it.
(The ratio for Quinoa to water is 1 cup Quinoa to 1.5 cups water).
For the finished fresh meal:
Rinse 1 lemon and with a grater, grate about 1-2 tsps. of lemon zest then add to Quinoa.
Cube 1 whole cucumber and chop 1 whole red pepper and 1 whole yellow pepper. Slice the fruit of 1 mango and mix everything together in a bowl with about 2-3 cups of cooked Quinoa. Season with a touch more salt and some black pepper. Serve alongside 1/2 a sliced avocado and/or with seafood.