Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I am trying to Experiment a bit..today QUINOA

If you have never heard of it, Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is a grain with ancient origins.  This important grain was called the 'Mother Grain' by the ancient Incas. It was extremely important to their culture. Quinoa is an awesome grain for various reasons.  It contains more high quality protien than any other grain, it is Gluten Free, it is a COMPLETE protien and provides essential amino acids like Lysine, it has good quantities of calcium, phosphorus, and iron, it is easily digestable, and easy to prepare.
So today I decided to give it a whirl and make a small batch while I was home alone and see what it tasted like and what types of recipe it would lend itself to.  I bought "Ancient Harvest 100% organic" prewashed Quinoa. If I found this by the box in my grocery store..it will be in yours! LOL!  Quinoa MUST be rinsed well before using because it has a bitter coating called saponins (to keep birds and insects away).




The BASIC Quinoa recipe is as follows:
This light and wholesome grain may be prepared quickly and easily
    2 cups water          1 cup quinoa  
Place quinoa and water in a 1-½ quart saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until all the water is absorbed (about 15 minutes).

You will know that the quinoa is done when all the grains have turned from white to transparent, and the spiral-like germ has separated. Makes 3 cups.

Tasting it I thought it would make a good Tabouli for lunch (instead of the usual bulgar)...I did not have some of the traditional ingredients in the house(mint and parsley) so it was not a traditional tabouli but it was going to be tasty none the less.   So I add olive oil, and lemon juice, onion, cucumber,olives, tomatoes,sea salt and pepper...then I thought I would top it with Feta cheese!  Okay so thats my lunch today...I will let you know later how it turned out!!  Next grain I want to try is TEFF...but I have not seen it locally...may have to buy it online.

UPDATE:  It was delicious! I threw some crunchy sesame sticks on too..basically because I love them.  I really enjoyed it and look forward to trying other quinoa recipes.

2 comments:

  1. Sounds pretty good like that! I really think the lemon juice is a good addition to the quinoa and will try it out :) Thanks for sharing! Oh yeah, I also have a quinoa recipe that you might be interested in trying out perhaps as well on my blog at http://www.simplygoodeating.com/2011/04/curried-quinoa-with-chicken-and-peas/

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  2. Thanks so much Jerry I will drop in a check out your recipe.

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