Easy And Healthy Side Dishes

In today’s world, where good food means high calories and fat,  healthy side dishes is a must. You need to follow a diet to stay healthy and fit. Obesity, heart diseases, metabolism are some of the significant issues that the people face. You can quickly cook or prepare healthy side dishes to have after heavy meals at home.

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Easy And Healthy Side Dishes

Healthy Side Dishes: Quinoa Salad

Quinoa seeds are one of the best healthy side dishes considered healthy. It not only increases metabolism but also helps to keep you energetic. The preparation time to make the salad is forty minutes.

Ingredients Required To Make The Quinoa Salad

Twelve cups of water

One and a half cups of rinsed quinoa seeds

Five pickle cucumbers (you need to peel the cucumber and cut the ends. Finally chop into cubes)

One small red onion cut as one-fourth inch cubes

One large-seeded and diced tomatoes bunch of Italian chopped parsley leaves

Two bunches of  chopped mint leaves

Half cup of virgin oil

One-fourth cup of red wine vinegar

One juiced lemon

One and a half teaspoon of salt

Three fourth teaspoon of fresh black pepper powder

Four trimmed and separated heads endive

One avocado for garnish (peel, diced and seeded)

Step By Step Method To Prepare The Dish

Firstly, take a large saucepan and boil water. Then add the quinoa, stir it into the water, and boil it. Cook the quinoa for twelve minutes on medium heat with the lid open. Strain and rinse it nicely with cold water. You to shake it well to remove all the moisture inside.

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After that, when it is dry, transfer the quinoa in a large bowl. Then add the vegetables,  tomato, onions, cucumber, parsley, and mint leaves, vinegar, olive oil,  lemon juice. Next add salt,  pepper and toss it well, so it is combined properly. Finally,  spoon the endive and add avocado as toppings. The salad is ready to serve.

Marinated Chickpeas

 The marinated chickpeas is an excellent option for a side dish. It is healthy and delicious. It can be a great side dish for heavy meals. 

Ingredients Required To Prepare The Dish

Fifteen ounces of rinsed and drained chickpeas. (You can cook them as well)

A two-third cup of red pepper roast

A two-third cup of feta cheese crumbled

Half cup of fresh basil chopped

One-third cup of olive oil

One-fourth cup of red wine vinegar

One and a half tablespoon of honey

Four medium sizes pressed garlic cloves

Half teaspoon of dried oregano, salt, black pepper powder, and red pepper flakes

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Step By Step Method To Prepare The Dish

At first, take a medium-sized bowl and mix the chickpeas with feta, basil, and red peppers. Then take a small bowl and add the vinegar, olive oil, garlic, honey, salt, oregano, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Mix them with a whisk. Next, place the mix on the chickpeas. Combine them so that it mixes in the entire dish. Then cover the bowl and keep it in the refrigerator for thirty minutes. It adds flavor to the salad. You can serve it cold with heavy meals.