Cooking and baking with Lil’ SHUGA! made from cane and stevia can play an important role in decreasing calories from unwanted sweeteners in your diet. Our inverted sugar allows to significantly increase the sweetness of your meals with only half the amount of regular table sugar. This is why we have chosen to use it in our Balsamic Dressing for this Capresa de Quinoa Recipe.
Here are a few facts of the benefits of some of the ingredients in this delicious Caprese Quinoa recipe.
Lil’ SHUGA! is a blend of organic cane syrup + stevia. The power of water extracted stevia makes it two times sweeter than regular sugar so you only need ½ as much for ½ the calories without compromising flavor. It is a balanced sweetener with a lower glycemic load than regular refined sugar that is also non-GMO, vegan-friendly and naturally gluten free.
Olive oil has monounsaturated fatty acids that help lower cholesterol and risks for heart disease.
Quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids. It is also high in fiber, magnesium, B-vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants.
Tip: Depending on the type of quinoa, it’s important to rinse it with water in order to get rid of saponins which are found on the outer layer and can have a bitter flavor.
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- 2 cup cooked Quinoa
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup fresh mozzarella cheese
- 10 to 15 basil leaves
- 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 3 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoons Lil’ SHUGA!
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Cook the quinoa according to package directions.
- Add the cooked quinoa to a bowl with tomatoes, cheese and basil.
- In a different bowl add olive oil, Lil' SHUGA!, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste mix and set a side.
- Pour the dressing over the quinoa, tomatoes, cheese and basil and enjoy!