*Adopted with permission from the Institute of Functional Medicine
For more information on eating a Hypo-Allergenic Diet see the end of the post.
Quinoa Salad - Serves 8-10
- 1 1⁄2 cups quinoa, rinsed several times
- 3 cups water, or chicken broth or vegetable broth (or a combination)
- 1 cup fresh or frozen peas (frozen baby peas should be just defrosted)
- Chopped veggies, raw or lightly steamed (broccoli, asparagus, green beans, etc)
- 1⁄2 cup chopped red onion
- 1⁄2 cup chopped black olives (optional)
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar or lemon juice
- 1 or 2 crushed garlic cloves
- 2-4 Tbsp. fresh dill, chopped (or 1 Tbsp. dried dill)
- 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
- salt and pepper to taste
Rinse quinoa well (quinoa tastes bitter if not well rinsed). Bring 3 cups water or broth to a boil. Add rinsed quinoa and bring back to boil. Simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes until liquid is well absorbed. Transfer to large bowl with a small amount of olive oil to prevent sticking, and allow to cool. Meantime, mix together remaining oil, vinegar or lemon juice, parsley, and garlic in a small bowl. Add veggies to quinoa and toss well with dressing mixture, dill, salt and pepper. Chill before serving.
What is eating a Hypo-Allergenic Diet?
Hypo-Allergenic is also known as Oligoantigenic or Elimination diet.
This means that we avoid eating the most common ingredients that cause people inflammation and digestive issues. IT IS NOT A DIET TO LOSE WEIGHT. It should be viewed more as a food sensitivity TEST.
The top 5 offenders include: wheat, dairy, corn, soy, and eggs.
Note that some of the foods on the list are very nutritious, so if you are not sensitive to the food, bring them back into your diet (ie. eggs).
Also remember, many non-gluten or non-dairy foods may not be healthy. Just because they remove those ingredients does not mean they haven’t replaced them with other poorer quality ingredients.
Try and stay away from packaged, canned, processed and deep fried foods. And be cautious of dehydrated and dried foods for they often contain added sugars and preservatives. Raw and fresh is often your best bet for optimal health.
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