Quinoa

I was originally going to write a post about ‘Meatless Monday’ but I decided to change that after finding a free book on Quinoa titled 40 Top Quinoa Recipes For Weight Loss on Amazon (for the Kindle).

Are you still one of the many people who do not know how to pronounce Quinoa (keen-wah) or even what it is?  Well you are in luck because I will share with you why it has become one of my favorite things to eat and how you can incorporate into your life with a few really simple recipes.

Quinoa is a seed and not a grain.  It grow high in the mountains of South American and has been around for THOUSANDS of years.

1.  It is a great alternative to pasta, rice, oats, and other grains.
2.  This delicious seed is a super food (a food that is super beneficial to your health)!
3. Quinoa is Gluten-Free so you don’t have to feel guilty eating it.  I don’t have a gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease but for those who do you can add this to your diet.
4.  It is a complete protein containing all 8 amino acids.
5.  It is super versatile and completely tasty!
6.  Quinoa cooks very easily although you do have to soak it for at least 10 minutes before cooking.  You must do this in order to to remove the bitter saponin coating.

How to cook Quinoa
Aside from the soaking process it is quite simple.  For every 1 cup of quinoa you cook you will need 2 cups of water (or stock to add a little more flavor to it).  Put both the water and the quinoa into a pot (I tend to put it on high) uncovered and bring to a boil.  Once it starts to boil lower the heat (I usually put it on a 2 or 4) and cover.  Once all the liquid has evaporated your quinoa is done.  Make sure you check on it during that time as it does have a tendency to overflow the pot!  That has happened to me on several occasions.  Fluff with a fork.  Why? I feel like it makes it better 🙂

I don’t have any photos to share of the finished products on the following recipes as this post came to me this afternoon but the next time I make them I will gladly share.  Let me know some of your favorite Quinoa dishes.

Quinoa Veggie Stir-Fry
Ingredients:
Quinoa
Frozen Veggies (of your choice)
Soy Sauce or Liquid Amino
Sesame Oil

Directions:
1. Cook the quinoa as directed.
2. In a pan place the veggies of your choice.  I tend to use frozen only because it is a little easier for me.  I will either buy the Asian veggie medley or use snap peas or snow peas, water chestnuts, carrots, green beans, and what ever else sparks my interest at the supermarket.
3. Add about 1-2 teaspoons of Sesame Oil to the pan
4. Add a tablespoon or two of Soy Sauce or Liquid Amino.
5. For both the oil and sauce base it on how much the pan is filled with veggies.
6. Keep on medium heat with a lid on and steam until cooked to your liking.
7.  Serve the veggies over a plate of quinoa.  ENJOY!

Quinoa ‘Mac & Cheese’

Ingredients:
Quinoa
Nutritional Yeast

Directions:
1.  Cook the quinoa as directed.
2.  When it is finished add about a tablespoon (once again base it on how much food you are cooking – I am basing this on cooking 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of water) of Nutritional Yeast.  Stir it up so that it is completely dissolved.
3.  Serve & Enjoy!  The Nutritional Yeast will give whatever you put it in a cheesy like flavor without the fat, calories, and dairy that are in your regular cheese.

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