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postheadericon Healthy Quinoa Side

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Healthy Quinoa Side is an easy Italian side recipe for holidays or large dinner gatherings. It makes (12) servings. Ingredients include: Quinoa, lemon juice, fresh basil, Mayonnaise, cherry tomatoes, green onions and cucumbers. It takes only 1-1/2 hours to make this delicious recipe. This is also a healthy, low fat, low calories, low sugars, low cholesterol, low sodium, low carbohydrates, vegetarian, diabetic-friendly, heart-healthy and Weight Watchers (3 SmartPoints), (3 PointsPlus) recipe. Healthy Quinoa Side will be loved by all of your family, friends and guests.

healthy-quinoa-sidePrep Time: 30 Minutes.
Total Time: 1-1/2 Hours.

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup quinoa, uncooked
1-1/2 cups water
1/2 cup reduced-fat Mayonnaise with olive oil
1/4 cup Italian salad dressing
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, chopped
8 green onions, sliced
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

DIRECTIONS:

1. Rinse quinoa in a metalic-mesh strainer; drain. Add to a small saucepan with water; bring to a boil. Cover; simmer over low heat 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Transfer into a large bowl. Refrigerate 1 hour.

2. Mix together the Mayonnaise, salad dressing and lemon juice until well blended.

3. Fluff quinoa with a fork. Add the Mayonnaise mixture and remaining ingredients; mix lightly.

Yield: 12 Servings.
Serving Size: 1/2 cvup

Weight Watchers (3 SmartPoints), (3 PointsPlus)
Carb Choices: 1/2

Diet Exchange:
1 Starch + 1/2 Fat

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
Calories: 100, Total Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 110mg, Sugars: 2g, Carbohydrates: 11g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 2g

Original recipe and image from: Kraft Foods. http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/lemon-basil-quinoa-163863.aspx

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