Did you get a chance to make the Quinoa Pizza? I hope that everyone enjoyed creating their own gluten-free thyroid-boosting pizza pies! My intention for the recipe posts is to provide ideas for meals that are nutritious and support thyroid health. My recipes will always be gluten-free, soy-free and vegan (because I am). I will only post recipes that use ingredients that nourish the thyroid and will not use ingredients that I know to be potentially unhealthy to the thyroid, like sugar and certain raw goitrogenic foods.
While I was planning on featuring a new thyroid-nourishing food this time, I am sticking with quinoa for another recipe. Quinoa Tabouli is delicious, easy to prepare, can last for a week in the refrigerator and is very nutritious. It would pair well with many dishes and also makes a great meal on its own.
The ingredients of the Quinoa Tabouli are all beneficial for thyroid health and can alleviate some of the symptoms of thyroid disease. For the details on how awesome quinoa is for the thyroid, check out this post. This recipe also contains hemp seeds, which contain ALL 20 AMINO ACIDS! Whoohoo! This makes it a complete protein. Hemp seeds are highly digestible and are the highest natural source of essential fatty acids (EFA). Hemp is rich in omega-3s which may protect the thyroid gland. Additionally, EFAs assist with brain function which can ease some of the symptoms associated with thyroid disease, such as poor concentration and memory as well as depression. (source: Dr. John Lowe). EFAs also strengthen the immune system and can help with dry skin and hair, all symptoms of low thyroid.
Quinoa Tabouli also contains tomatoes, which are high in antioxidants and a great source of vitamin A and C. Vitamin A helps the body with normal glandular function(!!!) and vitamin C promotes healthy adrenal function(!!!). Parsley is also rich in vitamin A and C, as well as vitamin K which supports heart and bone health. The hydrating power of the cucumber is great for dry skin. Mint is good for digestion and can help prevent headaches. The olive oil provides a variety of benefits. It is anti-inflammatory, benefits to the digestive tract, improves brain function and helps with arthritis pain. Needless to say, this recipe can help us to FEEL GOOD!
1 ½ cup quinoa, rinsed, soaked and drained (quinoa will expand after soaking)
6 T olive oil
6 T hemp seeds
5 roma tomatoes, diced
1 cucumber, diced
1/2 c parsley, chopped
1. mint, chopped
2 T fresh lemon juice
1 T apple cider vinegar (or more lemon juice)
salt and pepper to taste (I did not skimp)
1. Add quinoa and 3 cups water to a pot and bring to a boil, covered. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.
2. Allow the quinoa to cool completely.
3. Mix cooled quinoa with remainder of ingredients.
I love this dish with a splash of balsamic vinegar. Because it will last so long, it is great for when I my thyroid has skipped town with my energy. I look for things I can make in the kitchen that will last several days. Enjoy!