Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Quinoa(pronounced KEEN-wah) originating from the Andes region of South America,is revered for its excellent nutritional profile.Its gluten-free with an exceptional source of protein,contains all eight essential amino acids and is high in iron,calcium,magnesium,phosphorus,B vitamins and fiber.With mild,slightly nutty flavor ,its a sensible substitute for white rice or couscous.
Quinoa is easy to cook like rice and couscous.Makes a delicious meal mixed with vegetables,herbs and spices.Quinoa is also great in soups and stews.Adding juicy fruits and nuts would tempt even a pickiest eater.
Recipe Fruit and Nut Quinoa
2 cups Organic Quinoa
1/2 a medium onion,finely chopped
1 clove garlic,finely grated
1 teaspoon fresh ginger,finely grated
pinch of turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chili powder or cayanne
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup berries(I use frozen cranberries and strawberries,use fresh when in season)
1 Orange,peeled and cut
1/2 cup each of pineapple and mangoes,diced
1/2 lightly toasted nuts (I use almonds and walnuts)
2 tablespoon fresh herbs(Parsley or cilantro),chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
For a richer flavor,quinoa can be toasted in a dry skillet for a few minutes before cooking.Stir continuously during toasting to prevent burning and to toast the grains evenly.Rinse quinoa before cooking,place in a fine strainer and place under cold running water until water runs clear.Drain well after rinsing.
Heat oil on medium heat in skillet,add the onions,garlic and ginger,saute for 3-4 minutes.Add the spices and toast for another minute.Add 4 cups of water and bring to a boil.Then stir in the quinoa,lower heat and simmer,covered,until quinoa is tender but still chewy,that is until germ separates from the seed ,about 15 minutes.
Mix all the fruits, nuts and sprinkle the herbs before serving.
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