Cinnamon quinoa with dates
If you're looking for a protein-rich alternative to rice, look no further than quinoa. The seeds may look small, but they pack a real nutritional punch, and are irresistible when complimented with chickpeas, dates and seasoning.
1. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan. Rinse 1 cup red quinoa with water. Drain. Stir into boiling water. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered, until tender, about 15 min. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 5 min. Transfer to a medium bowl.
2. Fluff quinoa with a fork, then stir in a drained, rinsed 540-mL can of chickpeas, 1/2 cup chopped dates and 1/4 cup chopped parsley. Whisk 2 tbsp olive oil with 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp lemon zest, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp salt in a small bowl. Drizzle over quinoa mixture and stir until well coated. Serves 4.
Per serving: 410 calories, 12 g protein, 69 g carbs, 11 g fat, 10 g fibre, 425 mg sodium. Excellent source of vitamin B6.