Wednesday, August 24, 2011

So what's the deal with Quinoa (Keen-wah)?

Quinoa is a small, South-American grain that is really growing on me. It kind of looks like tapioca pearls, and has the same mild, nutty flavor as brown rice. If you've heard anything about the grain, you know it's supposedly very good for you.
So what makes it so darn healthy? Besides being a good source of magnesium, iron, phosphorous and copper, this great grain has lots of protein. It is a complete protein (meaning it contains all amino acids,) which makes it a fabulous choice for vegetarians.
What can you do with it? First, give it a good rinse to wash off remains of the bitter husk, then cook like you would rice. I add 1 part Quinoa to 2 parts water, and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes.
Try it in this super tasty, light salad.

Quinoa & Kale Salad

Mix together:
2 C cooked Quinoa
1 tomato, chopped
3/4 C kale, cut into bite size pieces
3/4 C black beans
1/2 clove garlic, finely minced

1/2-1 T lime juice
Salt & Pepper to taste

I like it both hot and cold. You could also add corn, avacado, or chile pepper for some heat. So delicious and very good for you!

1 comment:

  1. I love quinoa so I am always looking for new ways to do it up. THANKS!