Friday, March 15, 2013

Quinoa

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 I recently discovered this super food with a name that is hard to say if you are looking at the word, Quinoa pronounced keen wah, really????

One thing I love about Quinoa is its versatility, after my purchase of this food I immediately started searching for recipes. I was in awe seeing that I could use it to make casseroles, salads, meat loaf, bread, pudding and on. While many may say it is a grain my research shows that it is actually a seed, makes sense that is what it looks like.

Quinoa is high in protein, contains eight much needed amino acids, rich in calcium, fiber, cholesterol free, gluten free, and wheat free. It also a great resource for the following: potassium, iron, B6, manganese, niacin, copper, thiamine, riboflavin, tryptophan, and phosphorous, magnesium, and B vitamins. It has also been said that quinoa may help to lower blood pressure, and aid in the relief of migraines.

Before cooking with quinoa be sure to rinse it or it will have a bitter taste. Also note that one cup of cooked quinoa yields three cups, cook one cup of quinoa with two cups of water until it becomes transparent, and you can see what looks like a little tail.

With that said here is the first recipe I made with quinoa.

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Chessy Broccoli Quinoa

1 cup cooked quinoa
cooked broccoli chopped up
1 tbsp of the following Turmeric and garlic
1 tsp of the following pepper, salt and ginger
I also added some grated ginseng root
Cheese whatever you prefer I used a Mexican blend

While the quinoa is cooking add all seasonings, I chopped up the broccoli while it was cooking, and added it as I went along stirring it in until I had the desired amount. Once the quinoa became transparent and was done I added the cheese, this I also stirred in until I had the desired amount.

Anyone who reads my blog on a regular basis knows that I never follow a recipe, but if you want the original recipe I used just click on the photo credit. Also while doing my research I found this great site dedicated to cooking quinoa. If you sign up for the newsletter you can get a free quinoa cook book, I got mine. I also have a board on Pintrest just for quinoa.

Shared at Wildcrafting Wednesday and here.

10 comments:

  1. We love Quinoa and Broccoli! I can never remember if broccoli has two c's or one! This looks like a yummy recipe that we'll want to try. Thanks for sharing it and linking up at Friendship Friday!

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  2. Lol, I'm with you on the C thing Sylvia, thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Hi Joyce! I love quinoa. I discovered it a few years ago when I had to be GF/CF. I use it to make a stuffed bell pepper dish that is loaded with veggies. Very delicious. Quinoa is also the only "grain" that is a "perfect protein" all by itself! With legumes, they have to be combined with a whole grain to make them a prfect protein, but not so with quinoa. Isn't God amazoing? I love the idea of combining it with broccoli and cheese. I might have to make this dish.

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    1. Thanks for swinging by Carrie, would love to have your stuffed pepper recipe!! Love your name Carries Blessed that is awesome, and yes God is amazing.

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  4. Great info and recipe! I just pinned it for later!

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  5. We love quinoa. We use it to make vegetarian meatloaf & stuffed bell peppers. I boil it in vegetable broth and layer it in salads. It is so versatile you can do just about anything with it. Thanks for linking up at the Whatever Wednesday party.

    Sandy
    Cherished Handmade Treasures

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  6. Stopping by from the Whatever Wednesday Blog Hop. Thanks for sharing! http://queenofsavings.com

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  7. yes quinoa is a great grain. Heidi Swanson at 101 Cookbooks has some good recipes for quinoa as well.
    Thanks for sharing at Wildcrafting WEdnesday.

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  8. Thanks for sharing Entwife, always looking for new recipes.

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  9. I have heard a lot about quinoa(I don't get the pronunciation either), but hadn't used it or looked for it. Thanks for filling me in, I will try it out, and thanks for the great tips and links! :)

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