ps. It’s pronounced KEEN-WA and I am addicted. Seriously. Addicted. Here are three reasons why:
1. Healthy & Tasty…
Seriously, I’m not lying. Healthy. And. Tasty. I know, I know, the two are not usually synonymous. But just because that’s usually the case doesn’t mean that it can’t happen, right?
This little powerhouse has the highest protein content of any other grain. And since it contains all eight essential amino acids, quinoa is considered a complete protein. It also delivers fiber, iron, magnesium, calcium and vitamins A and E.
You know how recent fad diets have taught us to think “CARB = BAD” & “PROTEIN = GOOD”? Well, obviously I don’t need to tell you that this isn’t always the case, but too much carb does equal muffin-top. And I don’t mean the kind that you eat. I mean the kind that sticks out over the top of your pants.
I have a muffin-top… and I am trusting it to keep me warm this winter, BUT I don’t necessarily want to grow a mega-muffin-top.
2. Simple to Make
I am boiling-challenged.
It’s true. I can’t boil rice to save my life and I can’t boil an egg either. These two things are usually something that non-kitchen-people usually have mastered and so, being very much a kitchen-person, it’s always been a secret shame of mine. As such, being able to successfully cook quinoa has kind of turned into a good boost to my old self-esteem.
Cooking Directions for the Boiling-Challenged
- Rinse the grain well to remove bitter-tasting hull.
- Add 1 cup of quinoa to 1.5 cups of water
- Bring to a boil and then turn down heat to a simmer and cover
- Cook for roughly 15 minutes until quinoa is light and fluffy
This is super yummy with feta cheese crumbed on top!!
3. Mmm… Quinoa Tabbouleh
Fresh tasting, yummy, filling & healthy. This is an excellent side-dish or main course, depending on your preference. Either way… YUMM YUMM YUMMY!
- 1 cup of uncooked quinoa
- a big bunch of parsley, chopped (approx. 2 cups)
- 2 small tomatoes, diced
- 1 cucumber, diced
- 1 lemon, zest & juice
- 1/2 of a small onion, diced
- 1/2 cup of olive oil
- S & P
- Follow “Cooking Directions for the Boiling-Challenged”
- Set cooked quinoa aside and allow it to cool
- Mix all the ingredients together and season as you like
- Eat right away if you can’t wait, or chill it for an hour