Sunday, December 29, 2013

Rockin the Quinoa!

 Rockin' the Quinoa!

Easy to Make Quinoa

1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp real salt 
1/2 tsp pepper
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 c sliced mushrooms
1 c Quinoa (rinsed)
1/2 c chicken broth
2 c warm water

Lightly brown mushrooms and garlic in olive oil over med heat in sauce pan.  You want the garlic to start turning tender.
Stir in 1 cup rinsed quinoa and lightly fry in pan making sure to get all quinoa coated with oil. Keep over med heat for a minute.

Add 1/2 c chicken broth and bring to boil. Stir frequently until all liquid runs dry- takes about 4-5 minutes. Add 1/2 tsp salt & 1/2 tsp pepper, and 2 cups water.

Bring to boil then cover, reduce heat to simmer, and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and let set final 5 minutes, fluff and serve.
(1 c raw quinoa makes about 3 cups cooked.)  Quinoa is delicious!

I was intimidated by Quinoa for a long time! Never having tried it or been exposed to it, personally. But Quinoa is a super food! Considered a complete protein source, quinoa is also high in magnesium,  iron, and fiber. It's a seed- not a grain. And after hearing about it in the majority of real food blogs I read, I knew I could not avoid it forever!
My sister is actually the reason I tried it- and now love it! She gave me the push and I am very grateful! There are dozens of different ways to make it- this is just my initial love recipe. I will be trying more and posting as I can. It actually is as easy to make as traditional rice- but less starchy and has almost a light nutty flavor.  Fluffy! I don't know what I was so afraid of! I regret not having tried it earlier!
The taste will be fantastic with fresh vegetables! I can't wait to try it with peas, broccoli, asparagus, green onions, etc!
Tonight we had it with baked chicken breast. Very very good!

You might love the links found in:
Real Food Wednesday 1/1/2014

You can find Quinoa at Trader Joes, or your Local Health Food store, and  at Whole Foods.

Or you can order it here:

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