Cleanse Recipe: Quinoa with dried figs

Sometimes during a cleanse, you just crave a grain.  That’s where this recipe comes in: it is a plain, but very clean, combo of ingredients and flavors.  Quinoa’s chewy, nutty flavor satisfies most grain cravings and pairs perfectly with figs.  Plus, quinoa is higher in protein than other grains which means you’re eating healthier.

I recommend using red or black quinoa if you can find it.  It’s slightly more expensive, but less processed.  The nuts are optional but add some crunch.  Serve a small portion alongside some healthy vegetables for a well-rounded meal.

Ingredients:

1 c. red or black quinoa

10 quartered dried mission figs

1 tbsp. organic cold pressed olive oil

1 tsp. Bragg liquid aminos

1 tbsp. organic Grade B maple syrup

 1/4 c. whole, raw almonds or whole, raw pecans

Instructions:

In a medium pot, bring quinoa and water to a boil.  Cover and simmer for ~10 minutes, or until water is absorbed.   Remove pot from heat.  Drizzle with olive oil and add figs.  Toss gently and cover again, letting sit for ~3-5 minutes to let the figs soften up.  Drizzle with Bragg and maple syrup, and add nuts, if using; mix gently.  Taste, and add more Bragg or maple syrup to taste; mixture should have a slightly sweet flavor.  Serve warm.

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