Summer Recipes Are Here!

by | Jun 26, 2014 | Health & News, Weight Loss Programs, Women's Health & Wellness

Enjoy a lite summer recipie

Summer Corn and Quinoa Salad with Pumpkin Seeds and Lime

Summer is finally here!  So it’s time to eat lighter and enjoy healthier recipes.  And this summer recipe takes less than 30 minutes!

I want to share with you one of our suggested recipes from the 40 Days to A New You Challenge meal plan book. This salad has a burst of flavor from the fresh lime, and kick from the cumin and cayenne. Which by the way is full of anti-oxidants and helps with digestion.

Serves 4

30 minutes or fewer

This salad gets a bright burst of flavor from fresh lime. Be sure to rinse the quinoa thoroughly in a fine mesh strainer to remove the bitter outer coating.
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed 3 times in cold water, and drained well
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ large red onion, finely diced (½ cup)
  • 1 Tbs. Champagne vinegar or rice vinegar
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels
  • ¼ tsp. cumin seed, toasted and ground
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup diced jicama (2 oz.)
  • 2½ Tbs. fresh lime juice, plus more to taste
  • 1½ tsp. lime zest
  • ¼ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup chopped flat leaf parsley

1. Bring 1 cup water to a boil in small pot; add quinoa and salt. Cover pan, reduce heat, and simmer over low heat 15 minutes, or until tender.

2. Fill separate saucepan with water, bring to a boil, and drop in diced onion for 30 seconds. Drain onion, then toss with vinegar in small bowl.

3. Heat 1 Tbs. oil in large skillet over medium heat; add corn, cumin, and cayenne; sauté 3 minutes.

4. Transfer corn to large bowl, and add quinoa, remaining 2 Tbs. oil, onion, jicama, lime juice, and zest. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Just before serving, add pumpkin seeds, parsley, and an extra drizzle of lime juice, if desired.



Dr. Diana