Keen on Quinoa


Quinoa, pronounced as keen-wah, usually considered as a grain but in fact it’s a fruit of an herb plant. Quinoa is forgotten ancient ‘grain’ and once was considered The Gold of Incas. For the past few years it has been rediscovered and now it is more available in a well-stocked supermarkets or health stores. Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, making it complete protein. As well as that is has good source of magnesium and iron. It’s gluten-free and cholesterol-free, and it’s almost always organic. With all the health benefits, quinoa is a good choice for vegetarians, vegans or anyone else who concerns about adequate protein intake. Before cooking quinoa, it’s important to wash the seeds thoroughly to remove any remaining saponin residue. To cook take one part quinoa and two part of stock or water; bring it to a boil then cover and reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes. Store quinoa in tightly sealed container in a cool dry place for about month, or for a longer period, approximately for 3-6 month, store in refrigerator or freezer.

Quinoa Tabouli

Try this quinoa salad for a wonderful new taste. (Serves 2) Ingredients: 200 gram cooked quinoa 5-6 tablespoons of chopped parsley ½ onion, chopped ½ tablespoon dried mint 1 garlic clove, minced 10 olives, sliced ½ teaspoon chopped basil 3 tablespoons of lemon juice 4-5 tablespoons of olive oil Salt, pepper to taste
Method: In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients except olives and toss together lightly. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and transfer to a refrigerator for an hour. When ready transfer to a salad bowl and garnish with olives.

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  1. Yum! I am a big fan of quinoa…I just made a whole wheat loaf with quiona mixed in. So so good!

  2. You know what – I have never eaten quinoa (at least I don't think I have). I have been resisting cooking it because I really didn't know what to do with it. I'd order some if I ever saw it in a deli salad or as a side in a restaurant, but so far I haven't. Your salad makes me want to go try it out. It looks really nice and I like the idea of a little mint in there.

  3. Heatherfeather, this is first time I have cooked or tried quinoa but not the last one. I really enjoyed it and definitely will cook it again!

    Monet, I never thought to use quinoa in a bread! Next time I am going to make bread I will try to use some quinoa. Thanks for the idea!

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