Quinoa

Always wondered how you say it after i heard my Nutritionist talk about this Ancient Grain. After researching into it, and taking recommendations from my Nutritionist i decided to try it.  I purchased it at the bulk sections of Rainbow Grocery, now most supermarkets and Trader Joe’s carry Quinoa.

Health Benefits:

  • one cup of Quinoa has 9 grams of Protein, more than other grains.
  • Low Cholesterol, high in Fiber
  • Complex Carb so an internal cleanser/detoxifier. helps with constipation
  • Gluten-Free
  • 30 milligrams of Calcium, and 15% of daily Iron intake
  • plus many more!

How to Prepare

  • soak overnight, or if not for atleast an hour or two. especially if buying unprocessed bulk and organic, some in box form have been washed and soaked. with a pinch of lemon juice or vinegar. this helps properly reduces the bitter sapanonin, and is easier to digest.
  • there are many recipes out there that have Quinoa, and you can experiment. It’s a very versatile grain, and you can add it to anything like stirfrys, porridge etc. I use it as a replacement for rice.

Quinoa Pilaf

very easy and versatile, I have made a simple pilaf with tomatoes and onions, and another with meat and spices.

  • dice one onion, 3-4 cloves of garlic (i love garlic, you can use less if needed), 1 red/yellow pepper, 1-2 tomatoes

these are all the essential vegetables I use, i also add what i have on hand if you want. such as zucchini, broccoli, etc.

  1. heat pan with 1-2 tbsp organic pastured butter/ghee and add the vegetables and let the cook just a little just so onions are a little translucent
  2. you can add cooked chicken at this point or cook chicken/beef cubes/tofu with the veggies
  3. add the drained Quinoa (1cup) and stir for 2 minutes
  4. add 1.5 cups Chicken Broth
  5. a pinch of salt, a tsp of cumin, a little curry powder, a little cayenne pepper, and a 1/5 tsp of cinnamon. you can add more or less depending on your preference. I also add a few bay leaves if i want it a little spicy.
  6. Bring to a boil, than cover and put on low and let simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.
  7. turn heat off, leave covered for 5 minutes
  8. you can add anything at the end such as little lemon juice,  garnish with basil/cilantro, diced tomatoes, even some feta. do as you please.

Tips

  • You can also make the quinoa ahead of time, and just add cooked quinoa to stir-fryed vegetables. make the quinoa plain with chicken stock and butter.
  • you can also make it into different variations, i’ve made it less spicy and added more tomatoes and added feta at the end
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3 responses to “Quinoa

  1. Great info about quinoa and thanks for posting. Just a thought: quinoa needs to be rinsed because of the bitter coating which, I believe, is also slightly toxic. 🙂

    • yeah its quite bitter when you dont rinse it, lol, but thanks for the toxicity info! i always soak and rinse it, just to be safe 🙂

  2. Jenny Ottman

    Delicious Recipe! i also really like the versatility of Quinoa and how i can add almost whatever combinations and it comes out tasting great. i also make it in batches and just heat it up on the go! thanks for the recipe and article!

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