Summertime Recipe: Quinoa (keen wa) Tabbouleh

This is one of my favorite summer salads. Quinoa is a seed, though it looks, acts and tastes like a grain.

2 cups of water to 1 cup of quinoa. Boil as directred.

During boiling, chop 2 tomatoes, 1 bunch of parsley, 1 onion, 1 cucumber.

Add chopped veggies above to cooked quinoa.

Pour ¼ cup of olive oil and juice from 1 or 2 lemons (or limes). Add Himalayan sea salt to taste. Refrigerate and enjoy.

Did you know? Himalayan sea salt seems to be the best salt on the market right now, and has more than 80 minerals in it! You can purchase it at health food or grocery stores. For its part, quinoa is a complete protein and can be used in place of meat, eggs, nuts or beans.


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Miscellaneous sources of gluten: cosmetics, lipsticks/lip balm, medications, non-self-adhesive stamps and envelopes, Play-Doh, shampoos/conditioners, vitamins and supplements (check label)

Gluten-free grains: amaranth, arrowroot, buckwheat, corn, millet, potato, quinoa, rice sorghum, soy, tapioca, teff

‘Code words’ for gluten:

  • amino peptide complex
  • avena staiva
  • brown rice syrup
  • caramel color (frequently made from barley)
  • cyclodextrin
  • fermented grain extract
  • hordeum distichon
  • hordeum vulgare
  • hydrolysate
  • hydrolyzed malt extract
  • hydrolyzed vegetable (protein)
  • maltodextrin
  • modified food starch
  • natural flavoring (extract)
  • secale cereale
  • soy protein
  • tocopherol/Vitamin E
  • triticum aestivum
  • triticum vulgare
  • vegetable protein (HVP)
  • yeast extract


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Grains that contain gluten: barley, bulgar, couscous, farina, graham flour, kamut, matzo, rye, semolina, spelt, triticale, wheat, wheat germ

Foods that often contain gluten: 

  • bakes beans (canned)
  • beer
  • blue cheses
  • bouillons/broths (commercially prepared)
  • breaded foods
  • cereals
  • chocolate milk (commercially prepared)
  • cold cuts
  • communion wafers
  • egg substitute
  • energy bars
  • flavored coffees and teas
  • french fries (often dusted with flour before freezing)
  • fried vegetables/tempura
  • fruit fillings or pudding
  • gravy
  • hot dogs
  • ice cream
  • imitation crab meat, bacon, etc.
  • instant hot drinks
  • ketchup
  • malt/malt flavoring
  • malt vinegar
  • marinades
  • mayonnaise
  • meatballs/meatloaf
  • non-dairy creamer
  • oat bran (unless certified)
  • oats (unless certified)
  • processed cheese (Velveeta)
  • roasted nuts
  • root beer
  • salad dressings
  • sausage
  • seitan
  • soups
  • soy sauce, teriyaki sauce
  • syrups
  • tabbouleh
  • trail mix
  • veggie burgers
  • vodka
  • wheat grass
  • wine coolers

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