Friday, March 4, 2011

Quinoa 2 Ways

Quinoa (ki-nwa)
Quinoa is actually not a grain, surprisingly enough, it belongs to the same family as spinach. It is a great source of protein and as a matter of fact it contains 9 essential amino acids. Did you know that ½ cup serving of dry quinoa has approximately 11 grams of quality protein? Lots of protein and fewer calories in quinoa. No wonder a lot of vegans are raving about it!   Find it in the health food section of your favorite grocery store.

I have to admit I have had a bit of an obsession with quinoa in the past year or all started when I  did a class with one of my favorite mentors.  She made this fabulous little salad that is not only super healthy but beyond delicious...I have been spreading the word ever since...

(visit her at: chef smarty pants)

I've also starting replacing my boring breakfasts with quinoa,  on the sweeter side...
both recipes simply delicious, and quite easy!



 Quinoa Salad-
1 can  black beans, rinsed
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 chipotle in adobo, minced
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced
1 small red onion, finely diced
1 yellow or red bell pepper, finely diced
1/4 cup chopped  fresh cilantro
Salt to taste


In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa with 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Cover the saucepan and simmer the quinoa over low heat until the water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Fluff with fork
Meanwhile, In a large bowl, whisk the vinegar, soy sauce, lime juice and chipotle.
Add the olive oil in a thin stream, whisking until blended.
Add the black beans, quinoa, scallions, red onion, pepper and cilantro.

Season with salt, toss to combine and serve.

Breakfast Quinoa-
Prepare quinoa same as above  (1 c quinoa to 2 cups liquid)

1 tblsp agave, or honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp all spice
1 piece crystalized ginged, sliced
2 apples, small diced & sauteed lightly
1/2 c dried fruit, thinly sliced- (here I used apricots)

toss all above ingredients & enjoy-


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