Quinoa
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Hello my friends!

Today, I want to talk to you about quinoa.  Quinoa is an ancient grain that grows in South America that has been used there for over 6000 years and we just recently discovered it here.  What is so wonderful about this grain is that it is a complete protein – loaded with fibers and calcium!  It is on the superfood list!!!
Quinoa can be used in many different ways and is cooked just like rice (2:1 ratio water to quinoa).  However, it must be rinsed prior to cooking because it is covered with saponin to prevent birds from eating it (it does that naturally – it is not some man made idioties!)  The saponin is not toxic but it can taste bitter if you do not remove it before cooking.

Quinoa can be used to replace oatmeal in breakfast, rice in Mexican rice for example, or any other recipe where you would use rice.  You can even use it in salad.
The next 2 recipes are from one batch of quinoa that I cooked one morning.  I do not have a microwave as you may already know, therefore, the left overs are used in a salad!

Quinoa Porridge
quinoa porridge
Cooked quinoa
Blueberries
Chopped walnuts
Maple syrup
Almond milk

Mix everything and enjoy a healthy breakfast loaded with protein and fibers.  You can also mix it up using other small fruits, for example – raspberries and chocolate almond milk.  You can add chia seeds or flax seeds – chopped almonds would also be great.  You can use dry fruits like cranberries, raisins, chopped dates or apricots.  Use your imagination, like you do for oatmeal!

With left over quinoa, I prepare lunches for school and work.

Add cooked or sprouted garbanzo beans (in the picture, it is cooked), green bell peppers, stuffed olives, cranberries, chopped walnuts and a little of your favorite dressing!  You could also add sliced mushrooms, tomatoes, celery, and maybe even some sunflower seeds.  Again, use your imagination.  I once added some tofu.  Imagine – quinoa, raspberries, walnuts and spinach!

The message I am trying to send out here is that eating vegan is so easy because you can mix and match mostly anything you have in your fridge and it will always turn out fine (or almost)!  There is no reason to waste food.  You can cook some grains and make a salad with added nuts and seeds and VOILA – a complete and nutritious meal where you are able to use left over fruits and veggies in the fridge!

It is not expensive, contrary to popular beliefs.
It is not complicated, contrary to popular beliefs.
And it is so healthy for you, the animals and the planet!

love&peace,
nath
xox
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One Response to “Quinoa”

  1. Mary Jane says:

    Actually quinoa is not a grain, but a seed. The little tail that comes out when cooked is the germ. The quinoa plant is related to kale and the leaves can be eaten. A complete protein!!!! Interesting yes!!!!

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