Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Quinoa? Gesundheit!

I only just discovered Quinoa last year when it started popping up in people's food blogs. My Whole Foods store carries it in the bulk bin, it's really easy to prepare (cook it like rice, but WASH it WELL before cooking, at least 1 minute, otherwise it'll be bitter) and it's absolutely delicious! Quinoa comes from South America, is more of a seed than a grain, super healthy (complete protein and whatnot), and when cooked, has an irresistible fluffy-nutty flavor that I actually get cravings for. Here's my favorite recipe, super quick and easy...

Quinoa risotto:

1 c quinoa (washed if necessary), 2 c water, olive oil, 1 diced onion, 1/2 to 3/4 pack of sliced mushrooms, 1 c peas, garlic, salt, pepper, Parmesan.

Saute onions in a bit of olive oil until they begin to soften, about 10 minutes. Add mushrooms and continue cooking over medium heat for another 10 minutes.

While onions and mushrooms are cooking, combine quinoa and water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until quinoa is tender.

Mix mushrooms and onions with quinoa, and serve with Parmesan!

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