Spring has sprung and green roots are starting to show through the earth. The scent coming from my basil in my window sill herb garden reminds me of the warmer months and how I love to use my home grown fresh herbs. I decided to experiment with the combination of basil and lemon with the fragrance of vanilla which gives it a smoky undertone.
Health Benefits of Basil: It has anti-inflammatory properties due to it’s high amounts of vitamin A beta-carotene. It’s also high in magnesium helping muscles and blood vessels to relax.
- 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
- 1 Onions, small, chopped
- 1 cup Quinoa (rinse unless package specifies the quinoa is rinsed)
- 2 cup, Zucchini, with skin, grated8 oz Basil, fresh (chopped unless using a food processor) 15 oz Beans, cannellini, canned rinsed & drained
- Basil-Lemon Dressing
- 1/4 cup Olive oil
- 3 tablespoons Lemon juice
- 3/4 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon Sea salt
- Tips: To lower the fat intake in the dressing use 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and 2 Tablespoons of water instead of 1/4 cup of olive oil.
- In a saucepan add 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Add chopped onions and cook over medium heat until translucent. Add rinsed quinoa and cook for 3-5 minutes stir occasionally.
- Add 2 cups of water bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes or until water has evaporated.
- In a small bowl or food processer add basil, lemon juice, vanilla, olive oil and salt. If using a food processer process for a minute or two until basil is chopped. Blend until emulsified either using a food processor or a whisk.
- Place cannellini beans in with the cooked quinoa combine well continue on medium heat for two minutes then add the grated zucchini. Stir mixture together.
- Add lemon basil sauce and stir well. Serve immediately or at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts: 11- one half cup servings
Calories 92, Total Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 136mg, Total Carb 8g, Fiber 2g, Sugars 1g, Protein 2g
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.