Today’s Focus: Quinoa
August 13, 2008, 11:28 pm
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I do a lot of cooking with what we consider some of the more nutritional grains.  Most often couscous, but also barley, and tons of brown rice.    We’ve been intending for a long time to incorporate more quinoa and we love it when we eat it out…mostly in cold salad-type dishes at some of our favorite vegetarian restaurants.

i found a recipe the other day that includes quinoa, broccoli (one of D.Jones favorite foods) and cashews, a favorite to us both!

Here’s the original recipe I used for dinner.  I doctored it slightly by adding baked tofu that I had marinated for a short time in organic soy sauce, and I really only did that to turn this “side dish” into our “main dish”.  It is DELISH!  If you want to give it a spin, I highly recommend this one.

If you are curious about quinoa, here is what wiki says about it…

Quinoa was of great nutritional importance in pre-Columbian Andean civilizations, being secondary only to the potato, and followed in third place by maize. In contemporary times this crop has come to be highly appreciated for its nutritional value, as its protein content is very high (12%–18%), making it a healthy choice for vegetarians and vegans. Unlike wheat or rice (which are low in lysine), quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete protein source.[5] It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten free and considered easy to digest. Because of all these characteristics, quinoa is being considered as a possible crop in NASA’s Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long-duration manned spaceflights

Clearly it’s chock full of good stuff…and yummy too!

Here’s how our din turned out tonight…

D.Jones provided rave reviews as well.  Because of a time crunch tonight, he ate downstairs while playing with Buddha.  He ran upstairs to tell me “seriously…this is awesome!  I tore through it!”  For those of you who know him…that’s saying a lot.  He’s picky.  Very picky.  This one’s a score!


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That looks delicious!

I had no idea quinoa had so much protein in it. I should try to incorporate it into Ellie’s diet since she doesn’t really like meat and she’s not that big into PB, either. I know, my kid is weird. Who doesn’t like PB?

Comment by Alicia

You should give it a go, Alicia~ If she has ever had couscous and likes it, she’ll love this! My surprise today was that Cooper LOVED cashews! Now he just keeps asking for them! LOL~

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