Pump up your mood, energy and brainpower with this recipe that has quinoa, one of the most protein-rich foods including 9 essential amino acids (key to building muscles); contains twice much fiber than other grains and valuable amounts of heart-healthy fats. Also comes packed with iron, lysine, magnesium, manganese -antioxidant to prevent damage of cells- and improves the energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells thanks to vitamin B2.
And don’t forget about salmon that contains long-chain omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which can lift up your mood.

Baked Salmon with Lime Quinoa & Cucumber
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Salmon fillets
  • 200 grams Quinoa
  • 1½ Lime
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 White onion
  • 3 Garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp Rapeseed oil cold pressed
  • 3 tsp Sea salt
  • 3 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to C180°.
  2. Skin the salmon fillets and place them into a baking tray covered with aluminium foil.
  3. Seasoned salmon with a pinch of sea salt, cracked black pepper, turmeric and 1 tsp of rapeseed oil. Take half of a lime and cut into 4 rounds and put 2 slices on top of each fillet. Leave in the oven for 15-18 minutes at 160°C.
  4. Using a vegetable peeler, shave cucumber into wide ribbons, stopping when you reach seeds and marinade for 15-20 minutes with the juice of 1 full lime.
Quinoa preparation
  1. Set a pan to medium heat; rinse off quinoa for couple of minutes to remove bitterness.
  2. Chop onion and garlic cloves and blend them along with rapeseed oil, salt and pepper -1 tsp each- until smooth consistency.
  3. Pour the quinoa and the mixture into the pan and keep stirring for 2 minutes until it integrates. Add 400ml of water and cover; leave cooking for 15 more minutes.
  4. Once quinoa is ready, strain lime juice from cucumber, toss over it and mix well.
  5. Add 1 tsp of salt and black pepper to cucumber to fix taste.