I am fairly new to Quinoa; I’d say we had an introduction within the last two years but I haven’t taken advantage of this supergrain until recently. It dates back three to four thousand years ago having been discovered by the Incas as a suitable seed for human consumption. According to Forbes and WHFoods quinoa is loaded with benefits. My favorite is that it is a complete protein, YES! No need for meat peeps as it contains all 9 essential amino acids. Also on a need to know basis it is grouped in the same family as spinach, swiss chard and beets! Cool!
Benefits of Quinoa:
- Complete protein
- High fiber content
- Contains iron, lysine, magnesium, maganese, Riboflavin (B2)
Recipe for Fiesta Quinoa Salad (Serves 1-2)
What you need:
2 cups quinoa, cooked (follow instructions on label)
1/2 cup mini tomatoes, halved (any variety is fine)
1/2 an avocado, sliced
1 garlic, minced
chopped cilantro to taste (I used about 1/2 cup chopped)
green onions to taste (I used about 1/4 cup or 2 springs)
1/4 teaspoon cumin
tortilla strips (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
Heat olive oil over medium heat and saute garlic in pan until fragrant roughly 2-4 minuets. Turn to low heat, stir in the cooked quinoa and cumin and mix well for 2-3 minuets to slightly toast. Removed from heat and put in a mixing bowl with the cilantro, green onions and tomatoes. Mix well. Drizzle with a little olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste. Top with sliced avocado, tortilla strips if using and get ready for a fiesta in your mouth!
This would be a great side dish to grilled veggie tacos or enjoy as a main course! I whipped this up on a sunny california afternoon and enjoyed it with a bottle of Corona. BLISS!