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Get Well Wednesday: Healthy Diet


Every Wednesday on Good Day Illinois is Get Well Wednesday we're we provide the best tips to maintain good health. Today, nutritionist Gayle Jennings stopped by to teach us how to maintain a healthy diet.

Quinoa and Asian Pear Salad

1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
4 ounces snow peas, trimmed
1 large Asian pear, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup chopped pecans, dry-roasted
1 medium green onion, chopped (green part only)
1 teaspoon sesame seeds, dry-roasted
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil (extra virgin preferred)
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


1.Prepare the quinoa using the package directions, omitting the salt. Transfer to a medium bowl. Fluff with a fork.
Let cool.

2. Meanwhile fill a saucepan halfway with water. Bring to boil over high heat. Cook the snow peas for about 45 seconds
or until bright green and tender-crisp. Drain in a colander. Plunge into a bowl of cold water to stop cooking process.
Drain well in a colander. Cut the snow peas into 1/2 inch pieces.

3. Stir the snow peas, pear, bell pepper, pecans, green onion, and sesame seeds into the quinoa.

4. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Stir into the quinoa mixture, tossing
gently to coat. Let stand for 15 minutes so the flavors blend. Serve at room temperature or cover
and refrigerate for 1 hour to serve chilled.

Get Well Wednesday: Healthy Diet

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