Tasty and mostly simple food for the whole family.

Tasty, healthy, simple, verstile, practical, seasonal, fun food for all to enjoy. I will endeavour to make things gluten-free, dairy-free (cow's milk only here, I'm not super-human), and low sugar as able. I hope others feel motivated to add their recipes to this collection so we can all try them. Thank you!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A moment of praise for Quinoa

Quinoa is amazing.  The ancient Incas knew what they were doing here.  It may look like cous cous, but it has way more going for it.  While it technically is not a grain, but a 'pseudograin', it is ridiculously full of nutrients unlike any other grain we think of.  (For more detailed information on quinoa, click here).  It has saved me in this time of wheat/gluten transition and has become a favorite of Mike's as well.  It cooks super fast, is delicious and nutritious. It is good for every meal of the day and in very different ways depending on what you do with it.  You can buy it in bulk anywhere, but currently my favorite way to get it is at Costco, where you can get a 5# bag or organic quinoa for only about $10.  That may last about 2 weeks around here, I'd say. 

Try this:

Boil 2c water.  Add 1c quinoa and cover. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.  Makes about 4-6c.  To make it less moistureful, like tossed with dressing for a side salad, use 1/4c less water.

For breakfast, Mike and Mia like it with olive oil and raisins, I like it with maple syrup or strawberries.