Quinoa: more than a brown rice substitute for lazy and scatter brained cooks
|Quinoa is a versatile super food that's easy to cook|
Have you entered quinoa into your meal rotation yet? If not, you need to update your menus, because quinoa is a delicious super food.
Quinoa, which is pronounced KEEN-wah, contains all 8 essential amino acids, which makes it a complete protein. It is a good source of fiber, iron, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorous. It contains B vitamins as well.
When cooked, quinoa is light and fluffy, with a nutty flavor. One of my favorite things about it? It cooks in a mere 15-20 minutes. This tends to be especially important at my house, because I never seem to get the brown rice on the stovetop in time for a good 40 minute simmer.
But quinoa is more than a brown rice substitute for lazy or scatter brained cooks; it can be a side, a lunch, a breakfast, even a dinner. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Be a lazy cook who claims she's a purist: simmer for 15-20 minutes, fluff with fork and serve. It is a perfect side to accompany salmon, pork, or chicken
- Add quinoa to soups to increase their nutritional content. I recommend adding it to lentil soup
- Add diced vegetables to it. I love quinoa with diced tomatoes, feta cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil. Diced zucchini is a good addition as well
- Make it a breakfast food. Add frozen mixed berries. Add chopped walnuts and a drizzle of maple syrup. Add sauteed apples and cinnamon.
- Make it a salad. If you have leftovers from dinner, add it to salad as a healthy substitute for croutons. Or try my favorite. Toss with grapefruit sections, avocado slices, and chopped onion. Drizzle with olive oil and add a dash of salt and pepper.
How do you like your quinoa? I'd love to get inspired by your favorite recipes.