Healthy Recipes for a Vegan Pregnancy : Sides (part 4) - Fruited Fall Quinoa, Lemon Cilantro Couscous

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Fruited Fall Quinoa

Cranberries and apricots make a sweet combo; add some sage and thyme to give it some more warming flavors and it would make an excellent Thanksgiving side dish.

SERVES 4

1 cup quinoa

2 cups apple juice

1 cup water

12 onion, diced

2 ribs celery, diced

2 tablespoons vegan margarine

12 teaspoon nutmeg

12 teaspoon cinnamon

14 teaspoon cloves

12 cup dried cranberries

12 cup dried apricots, chopped

1 teaspoon parsley

14 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Folic Acid: 

Vitamin B12: NA

Protein: 

Iron: 

Zinc: 

Calcium: 

Vitamin D: NA

1. In a large pot, combine quinoa, apple juice, and water. Cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until done.

2. In a large skillet, heat onion and celery in margarine, stirring frequently, until soft, about 5 minutes.

3. Over low heat, combine onions and celery with quinoa; add remaining ingredients, tossing gently to combine. Heat for 3–4 more minutes.

Per Serving

Calories: 360 | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 252mg | Fiber: 6g | Protein: 7g

 

Lemon Cilantro Couscous

This flavorful couscous is a light and easy side dish, or top it off with a vegetable stew or some stir-fried or roasted veggies for an entrée.

SERVES 4

2 cups vegetable broth

1 cup couscous

13 cup lemon juice

12 cup chopped fresh cilantro

14 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Folic Acid: 

Vitamin B12: NA

Protein: 

Iron: 

Zinc: 

Calcium: only present in very small amounts

Vitamin D: NA

1. Bring broth to a simmer; add couscous. Turn off heat; cover, and let stand for 10 minutes, until soft. Fluff with a fork.

2. Stir in lemon juice and cilantro; season with salt, to taste.

Per Serving

Calories: 174 | Fat: 0g | Sodium: 621mg | Fiber: 2g | Protein: 6g

What Is Couscous?

Couscous isn’t technically a whole grain, but rather whole-wheat semolina pasta. But its small size and grainy texture gives it more in common with whole grains than pasta.

 
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