As quinoa provides all of your essential amino acids this dish is not only scrumptious but also a complete protein option.
The first time I heard about the health benefits of quinoa I went out and purchased some to replace rice at my next meal. I couldn’t understand why it turned out all mushy and basically tasted like baby food, but with zero flavour. Reason being, I had bought quinoa flakes, and cooked it with way too much liquid and for way too long. Also, unbeknownst to me I had been pronouncing it wrong – “qin-o-a” rather than “keen-wah”. I’m sure this attributed to this crappy first time experience.
A few years later I was willing to give “keen-wah” another run, and this time with greater success! The grain variety that you can buy in the health food section at Coles is easy to cook and can actually be used as a substitute for rice, or as I have recently discovered it also makes a very nice alternative to traditional oats.
Yep you guessed it, quinoa is a ‘super food’. It contains all nine essential amino acids that the body needs for repair, meaning it is a source of complete protein. I was surprised to learn that technically quinoa is not a grain, but rather is part of the green leafy veg family, such as spinach. This is because the part that we eat is actually the seed and this is why it is gluten free.
If you’re a virgin to cooking with quinoa I’m sure your first time will be memorable for all of the right reasons if you follow this recipe below.
Organic white grain quinoa can be found in the health foods section at Coles
- 1/4 cup organic quinoa
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup full cream milk
- 1 small handful frozen raspberries
- A few cashew nuts
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice or cinnamon
- 1/4 banana sliced
- Rinse the quiona in a sieve under running water
- Pop quinoa in a small saucepan and add the hot water
- Stir over low heat and pop lid on for approx 5 -8 minutes until starts to boil, stirring in between if needed
- Take off the lid and continue to stir until all water is absorbed
- Add milk gradually, stirring as you add it in
- Add the raspberries and cashews
- Continue stirring and adding milk as required
- Serve with sliced banana on top, a couple of raspberries and a dash of cinnamon
For those quinoa pros out there I want to hear about the other yummy ways you have cooked with quiona. Do you use it as a substitute for every day grains or do you have an interesting dessert recipe? Let me know by commenting below.