Krazy Colorful Quinoa

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ย ๐ŸŒˆTalk about a complete meal - this make ahead, vegetarian, fabulous hot or cold salad, is packed with yummy nutrients and a problem solver when it comes to having something ready to rock! And the colors...oh the colors are amazing enough...but when you smell the basil as the warm quinoa hits it....holy moly...such goodness!!!

What you need...
๐Ÿƒย 1 cup quinoa (rinsed and soaked - the package will say)
๐Ÿƒ1 cup chicken broth (you can sub water for vegetarian version)
๐Ÿ’ฆ1 cup water
๐Ÿ…1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
๐Ÿƒ1/2 cup garbanzo beans
๐ŸŒถ1/2 red bell pepper, diced
๐Ÿƒ1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
๐Ÿƒ1/4 sweet onion, diced
๐Ÿƒ1/3 cup parsley, chopped
๐Ÿƒ5-6 basil leaves, chopped
๐Ÿƒ1/2 cup purple cabbage, chopped
๐Ÿƒ1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles (leave out for Vegan)ย 
๐Ÿ‹ย 2 lemons
๐Ÿƒ1 tbsp. olive oil
๐Ÿƒsalt/pepper
*possible additions: olives or broccoli florets would be great!

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Add quinoa, water/broth to a small pot. Stir, turn to high heat and bring to a boil. As soon as it begins boiling turn it down to low and let it simmer for 15 minutes. In the meantime, chop all veggies and add them with garbanzo beans and feta to a large container with a lid. Wash and zest 2 lemons, add the zest, olive oil and juice of 2 lemons to a jar. Add 1/4 tsp pepper and salt as needed, I only use a couple turns of the shaker. Shake dressing to combine. (I did all of this before the Quinoa could hardly begin boiling, so it is fast). When quinoa is ready, add it to the container along with the dressing and toss to combine. Serve warm or cold!

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