Sunday, October 18, 2009

Quickee Quinoa

If you aren't already friends with quinoa, get ready to love this superfood!  Quinoa is a grain from the Andes and has long been appreciated in South America for its high nutritional value.  Its protein content is very high (12%–18%),  it contains a balanced set of essential amino acids, it is high in fiber, phosphorous, magnesium and iron.  It's also gluten free and easy to digest.

Most importantly, quinoa works well in so many dishes.  I like it as a breakfast cereal, salad topper, rice alternative, casserole bulker,  main coarse item and stuffing staple.  I like to make up a batch and store in the fridge for cooking.  You can find quinoa in the bulk section of the market.  It's easy to make and delicious to eat.  Cook quinoa like rice using 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water.  Just make sure to rinse before cooking to avoid a bitter taste.

Here's my combination for a quick and delicious breakfast:

1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1 chopped pear or apple
handful of whole almonds
handful of raisins
handful of flax seeds
splash of vanilla soy milk

Heat one minute in the microwave.  Enjoy!

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