What the heck is Quinoa?

 

Do you know what quinoa is? Until recently I had only heard of it on Food Network. But apparently it’s really healthy and has something or other in it that makes it a complete protein, whatever that means. Anywhoo, I thought I’d try some healthier recipes for you (and me), and decided to give this a try. Quinoa makes a great substitute for rice, (that whole complete protein thing) and it cooks up just like rice too, so I decided to make it like spanish rice. Here’s what I did…

First rinse and drain your quinoa. I guess it can have a bitter taste if it’s not rinsed well.

Heat some olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute about half of a chopped onion and some garlic.

About a minute after I started the onions and garlic, I added in some red and green bell pepper. Saute until tender, about 5 minutes.

Add your quinoa.

Then add in some chicken or vegetable broth.

Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper.

Bring to a boil.

Then cover, reduce the heat, and simmer 20 minutes.

While that was cooking I sliced an avocado, and cut up some green leaf lettuce and some sprouts.

Add in one can of rinsed and drained black beans.

And one can of drained sweet corn.

Stir it all together, then cook until the beans and corn are warmed thru, about 5 minutes.

I decided this would make a good burrito, so I layered some lettuce, sprouts, quinoa and avocado on a flour tortilla.

Fold the ends in, then roll into a burrito.

Some grilled, sliced chicken breast would taste great in here too.

I served this up with salsa for dipping. It turned out surprisingly good. If you want to get really healthy, skip the tortilla and wrap it up in a large piece of the green leaf lettuce. Making a sandwich with a pita would be tasty too.

I have heard that quinoa is great served up cold too and this recipe makes quite a bit, so you can have it the next day for lunch.

Give this a try, it’s super simple, healthy, and tastes great.

here’s the printable…spanishquinoa

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