A super easy, healthy, and elegant looking quinoa dish with fresh tricolor tomatoes and cilantro seasoned with citrus and turmeric spice; a spice that produces mood boosting properties.
I’ve been using turmeric in my cooking even before it became popular. I didn’t think much of its benefits at that time. I just love the spiciness and the intense color. I have a recipe that I made a long time ago that my husband was crazy about. A friend of mine mentioned turmeric and its benefits and suggested that I should add it in my tea. I read in “First Magazine” that a teaspoon added to your daily diet will make you feel perkier. According to Nancy Lonsdorf, M.D., author of The Ageless Woman, turmeric is rich in curcumin, an antioxidant that helps you produce more mood-boosting serotonin and dopamine. So, I have been using it in my cooking more often now than before.
Look at how gorgeous this dish is. This would be a great accompaniment of Chicken Cutlets with Tahini sauce to serve at parties. Beautiful!
Let’s make it.
Please note the chicken stock I used only had 140 g of sodium per cup. If you are using a chicken stock that is higher than 140 g, then adjust the seasoning.
For the Quinoa
- 1 cup quinoa (red and white)
- 2 cups Wegman’s organic chicken broth
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chicken bouillon powder
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric spice
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil (I used extra virgin olive oil)
- Combine quinoa, chicken broth, chicken bouillon, turmeric and butter or olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat.
- Cover and bring to a boil until almost all the liquid is absorbed about 15 minutes.
- Turn heat to very low setting and let it cook until the remaining liquid is absorbed about 11 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let stand. Meanwhile make the tomato mixture.
- 10 cherry tomatoes (or more), halves
- 1/4 cup chopped or chiffonade cilantro
- 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
- pinch of salt
- dash of black pepper
- Combine tomatoes, cilantro and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in a small bowl.
- Season with a pinch of salt and a dash of black pepper.
- Toss to combine, set aside.
Scoop the quinoa from the pan and place in a medium serving bowl. Drain the tomato mixture. Add to the bowl with quinoa. Mix and enjoy.
Below is a turmeric quinoa made on a different date. I added different tomatoes and avocado. It was tasty. Squeeze lime over it. Mix and enjoy.
UPDATE: MARCH 14, 2014
To show you just how elegant this dish is along with the Baked Chicken Cutlet with Tahini Sauce, here’s a picture taken with natural light just recently. My guests loved them, especially the Spring Salad with chicken cutlet and Tahini sauce. I agree. They were very delicious!
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I haven’t tried quinoa yet and I really want to! This looks so yummy!
Thank you, Kloe. I highly recommend quinoa and this is the easiest recipe you can make. It really is flavorful. Thanks for the the visit and the comment. Happy Friday! 🙂
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You’re right, Anna. This dish does look gorgeous, a gift from turmeric. It looks so fresh and inviting and the scent from those limes would be great, too.
Yes, most certainly and it’s so easy to make even a 12 year old can make it (with an adult supervision of course). 🙂 Thanks, John.
This looks gorgeous, the turmeric makes the dish glow (apart from when you subject it to a flash obviously!)
Thank you, Rhi. Yes. Big difference if you use a flash. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment, Rhi. Have a great week. 🙂
It looks so good. 😀 I’ve been looking for turmeric for ages. It’s not so easy to find it here.
Thank you, Adrian. You can always purchase turmeric spice online. It’s inexpensive. A bottle costs $3.50 for organic one and $2.69 for inorganic.
I love tumeric! It is also a natural anti-inflammatory!
Hello, Ani. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Nice to meet you. Yes, it’s true. Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory. It’s also good for kidney problems and depression just to name a few. I’m sure there’s more.
It’s inspiring that a young lady like you is doing what you do. I love running. It’s what kept me fit and healthy in my younger days.
Thanks, Ani. I wish you a great Sunday. 🙂
Thank you so much for popping over at my blog as well 🙂 I appreciate all the support I receive in the blogging community.
You’re quite welcome, Ani. Good luck in your endeavors. 🙂
I love turmeric (and saffron!) in my quinoa. Nice to know it’s so healthy. The tomatoes with the turmeric quinoa is so Persian!!! YUM.
Shanna, it’s so uncanny that we have so much in common. I love saffron too, but it’s pricey, so I don’t buy it often. I use it with seafood and soups. Delicious!
Thanks so much for the visit, Shanna. Have a blissful Sunday. 🙂
Saffron mixed with turmeric is a great way to mimic the flavor and save some pocket change; this was taught to me by a friend. Take good care. 🙂
That’s great to know, Shanna. Thank you dearest. Take good care as well. 🙂
Yummy..I would love a big plate! 🙂
Thanks, Dimple. Sure. Come on over. 🙂
Wow looks delish! Is tumeric is an Indian spice?
Hello, Kan Ju-won! Thanks for the compliment. Forgive me, but I just discovered your comment. Thanks for being patient. To answer your question, yes, it’s an Indian spice and it’s widely available. I hope you can find it near you live. 🙂