LEARN HOW TO Take control of your health
with a fresh understanding of stress in this free video workshop!


Showing by category: Recipes

Spring Asparagus, Snap Pea, and Quinoa Salad
Serves 4-6

tara gregory lac

Living in tune with the cycles of the seasons is a lifestyle recommendation made in Chinese Medicine to help achieve a state of balance and health.  In addition to regular acupuncture treatments, one of the best ways this can be achieved on a daily basis is through diet. Eating what is fresh and in local abundance during the various seasons not only tastes better but is healthier too.

 

The appearance of asparagus in plentiful supply always signals to me that spring has fully arrived. Asparagus is full of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and fiber. Asparagus also contains the amino acid asparagine, a natural diuretic which can help with conditions such as hypertension and atherosclerosis.

 

According to Chinese Medicine, asparagus builds the yin or nourishing fluids in the body. This means that asparagus can help sooth irritation, improve reproductive health, and encourage fertility. Asparagus also promotes healthy lungs in Chinese Medicine. Its moistening nature helps conditions including lung congestion, chronic bronchitis, and tuberculosis.

 

In addition, since this recipe is full of garlic and cilantro it helps to detoxify the body which is perfect for the natural desire to cleanse in the spring.

 

Ingredients

 

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup fresh snap peas, strings removed and cut into bite size diagonals
  • 1 bunch asparagus, snap off the fibrous ends and cut into ½ inch diagonals
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Fresh mixed greens
  • Sliced avocado

 

  Dressing

 

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro

 

Directions

tara gregory lac

 

  1. Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer to remove any bitter taste. Combine 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups of water in a sauce pan, cover and bring to a boil over medium- high heat. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, until all the water is absorbed, turn off heat and fluff with a fork.
  2. Blanch the asparagus. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the cut and prepared asparagus. Cook the asparagus in the boiling water for 1-2 minutes until just tender. Quickly drain in a colander and rinse with cold water.
  3. Transfer cooked quinoa into a large mixing bowl and stir in the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Add garlic and cilantro. Mix in the snap peas, asparagus, and chickpeas. Adjust to taste and serve over lettuce and topped with sliced avocado.

Enjoy!

-Tara

 

 

Cook This: Gluten-free, Dairy-free Eggplant ‘Parm’
People often ask me if I feel deprived or if I crave the things I ‘can’t’ have on a dairy-free and gluten-free diet. The answer is typically no. If I do, it’s rare, and usually has nothing at all to do with food Read More »
Cook This: Gluten-free Garlic Cauliflower Mash
As a rule I'm more of a protein and veggies girl rather than a protein and starch girl. And that said, I do really enjoy the occasional potato dish. Home fries are probably my favorite, then truffled french fries, and I Read More »
What’s on Your Breakfast Plate?
Last night I went to dinner with a naturopathic physician (ND) friend visiting from SF and two other NDs. We got on the subject of breakfast and one woman admitted that she pretty much has to force herself to eat breakfa Read More »
Cook This: Coconut Lime Halibut with Quinoa and Spinach
I'm a big fan of halibut. It can be a little spendy so I tend to buy it for special occasions. But this week, my husband went shopping as I'm a bit socked in at work. And he came home with halibut. Please note, I'm not c Read More »
Cook This: Chipi Chipi (Venezuelan Clam Soup)
If you've read my past posts you may know that I'm always looking to try new Central and South American recipes. One of the cookbooks on my shelf, Latin Ladles, included recipe for a Venezuelan clam soup called Chipi Read More »
Cook This: Dairy-Free Caesar Salad
I've always loved Caesar. Not the dude, of course, the salad. I've been off of dairy for almost 15 years so it was out of the question for altogether too long. Then a few years back my sister developed a vegan Caesar rec Read More »
Cook This: Pepián de Pollo (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free)
My son was adopted from Guatemala as an infant. We try hard to get him exposure to various things Central and South American, food included. Actually, given how much we love to eat, food especially. Today I made Pepián, Read More »
Cook This: Rosemary Chard Frittata
A recent research article was published with the finding that the scent of rosemary improves brain performance. Since I’ve got a lovely old rosemary bush in the back yard I figured why not set my sights on developing s Read More »
Cook This: Ling Cod Fish Tacos
I originally found this recipe calling for halibut on Epicurious. I've made it probably a dozen times but I wanted a slightly less expensive fish for a weekday meal so I asked Lyf at Flying Fish Co what he thought would Read More »

This website is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for individualized medical or professional advice, care, diagnosis, or treatment. Consult your personal physician regarding the applicability of any information on this site.