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Diana Helfand

Quinoa Adds Protein To Meat-free Salad

Can you imagine sailing halfway around the world for six years with your spouse? Well, that’s just what Sharon Reed-Hendricks and husband Steve did in 1999 and how they ended up in Hawaii in 2005.

Sharon and Steve wrote a book about their adventures, with a twist – it’s written from both of their perspectives, and is titled, One Man’s Dream – One Woman’s Reality. Many people wonder if they can retire and live their dream on limited funds, and this is the story of her book.

From her home in Ko Olina, which she says she’ll never leave, Sharon enjoys writing in general, but mostly poetry. She absolutely adores Hawaii, calling it her forever home and drawing constant inspiration from the land and the people. She has been lucky enough to travel the world, both for pleasure and for sharing her writing, and says that meeting and connecting with people is her most important work. With a background in social work, Sharon truly cares about helping and inspiring others to live their dream. The book is available on Amazon and Kindle.

When she’s not writing, Sharon enjoys experimenting with healthy dishes, including this delicious Quinoa, Corn and Mint Salad. It’s fresh and light and extremely easy to prepare.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is eating a healthier diet, try quinoa. It can be eaten as a grain, tastes great and is very versatile. You can purchase quinoa in bulk bins or usually in the cereal aisles of supermarkets. It is a good protein source, cholesterol-free, low in fat and contains potassium, calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin B6.

QUINOA, CORN AND MINT SALAD

* 1 cup quinoa, cooked (will make 4 cups cooked)
* 2 cups corn (fresh or canned)
* 1 bunch green onions, finely chopped
* 1 bunch fresh chopped mint
* 1 tablespoon lemon zest
* 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
* 1/4 cup olive oil, use less if preferred for less fat

Mix corn and quinoa with green onion until combined. Fold in chopped mint, lemon zest and lemon juice. Add olive oil and toss to combine.

Add seasoning to taste: salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash garlic and herb flavor or Italian medley, garlic powder, thyme, and fresh herbs from the garden, such as chives, parsley or anything else you want to add. Enjoy!

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