Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Quinoa in your diet ... Winning!

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is an extremely nourishing seed, high in protein and very easy to digest. Quinoa is naturally gluten-free and a great alternative to rice, grits or couscous. The plant originated in South America, in the Andes regions and it is closely related to beets. The seeds have a light and fluffy texture when cooked, and a mild flavor. You will find that quinoa comes in three different colors: red, black and golden. The nutritional value between varieties is very similar, but the black quinoa makes for a much more striking appearance once cooked.

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups of water or your favorite stock
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • A few drops of olive oil
Place quinoa in a strainer. Rinse twice thoroughly with water. Soak for about 10 minutes in lukewarm water and rinse. Place the quinoa in a large cooking pot, and add water, salt and oil to boil. Cover, let boil for a minute and reduce the heat. Simmer for 10 - 15 minutes, or until all water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork, and keep covered till ready to serve.


Jenniffer said...

Hi Carlos! We met last night at The Chattanoogan! Your blog is great! We have been eating vegan for a couple of months and I have been a little afraid to try quinoa. I will definitely be trying your recipe soon!

Carlos said...

@jenniffer Don't be afraid to try Quinua ...wonderful health benefits and like I said, it is a great alternative to rice, grits or couscous.


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