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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
- 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
- you can add cooked chicken at this point or cook chicken/beef cubes/tofu with the veggies
- add the drained Quinoa (1cup) and stir for 2 minutes
- add 1.5 cups Chicken Broth
- 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.
- Bring to a boil, than cover and put on low and let simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.
- turn heat off, leave covered for 5 minutes
- 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.
- 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