Thursday, November 4, 2010

A little grain called quinoa

Quin-what??? Quinoa is a tasty little grain if you haven't tried it is kind of like if brown rice and couscous had a baby!  It is packed with nutrition, higher in protein and lower in carbs than most cereal grains (it is also gluten free)!  If you haven't tried it, go for it.  You can buy it in most grocery stores, and it is cheapest when you buy it in bulk.

Quinoa Salad  (This is one of my favorite recipes, when I make it can't stop going to the fridge and sneaking bites!!!!)

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 large carrot, grated
1/3 cup craisins, raisons or currents
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/2 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
1/3 cup olive oil
2 to 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1 tablespoon ground cumin
fresh ground black pepper

Combine quinoa and water in a sauce pan, adding a pinch of salt.  Bring water to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes.  Remove the pan from the fire and allow to sit and cool.

In a large, bowl mix together quinoa, carrots, craisins, almonds, cilantro, and green onions.  In a separate bowl mix together olive oil, vinegar, salt, cumin and pepper.  Whisk together and taste for seasoning.  Pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture and toss together.  This salad is great warm, or can be refrigerated and served cold.

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