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Pomegranate Studded Quinoa


  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 tbl  plus 1 tbl of olive oil
  • 2 medium fennel bulbs, cut length-wise
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbls fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 chile, seeded, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds



Pour 1/2 cup of water into a frying pain.  Add fennel, sea salt and pepper. Cover with a saucepan lid and steam the fennel (8 minutes).  When almost cooked, add 2 tbl of olive oil, to give fennel a lightly golden color (4 minutes). Stir in lemon juice and cumin for 1 minute, then set aside.

Cook quinoa as per packet directions. Drain quinoa, return to pan, cover then let it sit for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork to aerate it. Don’t skip this step – it makes the quinoa fluffy.

Add lemon juice and remaining 1 tbl of oil to quinoa; stir. Add fennel mixture, chile, and herbs. Toss gently and serve.


Whether you’re in love, lust or flying solo tonight, whip up this seriously sexy S&M sounding dish – Pomegranate Studded Quinoa.  It’s energy enhancing, libido stimulating and pleasure inducing. Plus, it’s beautiful to look at.

The details: pomegranate is an ancient aphrodisiac which helps release dopamine, the pleasure neurotransmitter.  Quinoa is rich in B vitamins which helps sustain energy levels. Fennel contains the phytonutrient, oestragole, which boosts libido. Cilantro, mint and dill all increase circulation to the brain and peripheral tissues.

Enjoy this dish whenever you need to cast a lust spell…

If you’re not up for cooking, check out last year’s amusing V-day date ideas.

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