Today let’s talk quinoa (keen-wah)!! Quinoa is a grain that contains every amino acid and is rich in lysine which helps with healthy tissue growth throughout the body! To prepare quinoa you need to rinse it first, it can be a bit bitter and rinsing helps. Then cook it in salted water. The ratio is 1:2. So like 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups water (or 3 cups quinoa to 6 cups water…). Cooking it in broth instead of water adds extra flavor. Cover and boil til the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, let it stand for about 5 minutes. Remove the lid and then fluff with a fork! Ok, now let’s get to some recipes!!
Cilantro Lime Quinoa!!
2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 clove of minced garlic
2 Tb fresh lime juice
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 tsp sugar
Cook quinoa in the broth. Stir in garlic, lime juice, cilantro, and sugar. Enjoy!
Head on over to Ambitious Kitchen for a tasty Blueberry Chocolate Chip Quinoa Pancake recipe!!
For these tasty Reese’s inspired Healthy Quinoa Crispy Treats head over to Simply Quinoa!!
Allrecipes.com has a tasty Quinoa Fried Rice recipe that I can’t wait to try!!
Quinoa Fruit Salad!!
Pick any fruit you want…your favorites!! For mind I’d have strawberries, blackberries, mangoes, kiwi, and pineapple-about 1 cup of each. Combine fruit with 1 cup (measured uncooked) quinoa. Make a honey lime glaze with about 1/4 cup honey and 2 Tb lime juice. Mix the honey and lime juice well and pour it over your fruit and quinoa!!
For a yummy Quinoa Tabbouleh recipe head to Food & Wine!
You can use quinoa as a filler in burgers or as a crust on chicken. You can use it in place of rice in any dish. Now that I have you thinking go find some more quinoa recipes!!