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Photo: Recipe from the book Your Best B

Place quinoa in a small saucepan with ⅔ cup of water. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 14 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Allow to cool.

Combine quinoa with remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Season with pepper and toss well, then serve.

Cauliflower and quinoa salad

1/3 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained

300g cauliflower, coarsely grated 250g cherry tomatoes, halved

1 small red onion, finely chopped

150g red capsicum, diced

1/2 cup mint, finely chopped

1/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp olive oil cracked black pepper

Serves 2

This dish provides a great combination of nutrients and protein, while still being vegetarian. Yep, that's right, protein. Quinoa has the highest level of protein of any grain. It's also low GI, and mixed into this salad it's a knockout.