Easy Fast Recipes: Quinoa

Quinoa (pronounced KWEEN-WAH) is a seed which resembles a grain.  It originated in South America and was considered to be a sacred grain by the Incas.  Nutritionally it has a very high (10-18%) protein level and a balance of all the essential amino acids.  As a food it’s delicious – a little more nutty than rice.  It’s easy to cook (about the same as rice) and can be substituted for rice or couscous in any recipe.  If you have a rice cooker (which is a great appliance for busy docs) you can cook quinoa on the white rice settings.

Breakfast Quinoa With Fruit and Almonds

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Stir-Fried Quinoa With Vegetables and Tofu

Colorful Quick Quinoa Grecian Salad

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4 thoughts on “Easy Fast Recipes: Quinoa

  1. I LOVE quinoa- I have a great recipe for quinoa, green beans, & cranberries. Maybe I’ll see about making it at Thanksgiving. (or the day after)

  2. This recipe is from the Food Network- Its delicious. It is always a hit at parties.
    Cranberry Walnut Quinoa Salad

    Calories 158
    Fat 5 grams
    Saturated Fat 0
    Carbohydrates 24 grams
    Fiber 6 grams
    Protein 0

    Prep Time: 25 min
    Inactive Prep Time: 30 hr 0 min
    Cook Time: 0 min
    Level: Easy
    Serves:10 servings

    1 cup quinoa
    1 cup dried cranberries
    1 cup frozen green beans, defrosted
    1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
    1/4 cup green onions, sliced
    1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    Combine quinoa with 2 cups water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and continue cooking until all water is absorbed.
    In a medium bowl, combine cooked quinoa, dried cranberries, green beans, walnuts, and green onions until well mixed. In a small bowl, whisk the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and garlic until well blended. Pour over the quinoa mixture. Toss until well blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving
    Printed from FoodNetwork.com on Sun Aug 30 2009
    © 2009 Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

  3. Quinoa is a great superfood along with flax, spirulina, and many others. For those who don’t cook for themselves as often, quinoa pasta is a great match with a nice organic, vegetarian sauce or whole foods always has pre-made quinoa dishes.

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