Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Meatless Wednesday - Quinoa Primavera

This dish I have been kind of looking forward to making I am really enjoying cooking Quinoa and it is very nutritious for you! I also find that my Son really enjoys eating it which is surprising because he is not usually so good with new foods right away but with this he is and asks me to make the soup with it in there now on request.

Nutritional value ( as posted by Wikipedia)

Quinoa was of great nutritional importance in pre-Columbian Andean civilizations, being secondary only to the potato, and was followed in importance by maize. In contemporary times, this crop has become highly appreciated for its nutritional value, as its protein content is very high (12%–18%). Unlike wheat or rice (which are low in lysine), and like oats, quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete protein source among plant foods.[10] 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 a possible crop in NASA's Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long-duration manned spaceflights.

Quinoa Primavera

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbs EVO
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 parsnip, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 celery sticks, chopped

3/4 red bell pepper, diced

3/4 orange bell pepper, diced

3/4 cup peas
1/3 head of
cauliflower, finely diced
2 scallions white part only, thinly sliced

1 tbs oreg
1 tbs low sodium soy sauce

  1. Heat a small sauce pan over medium low heat. Add quinoa and cook stirring for about 5 mins (grains should be dry and fragrant). The add the water and 1/2 tsp salt, cover, simmer and let cook for about 10-15 mins or until the quinoa is tender. Do not stir while simmering. Set aside.
  2. Combine EVO and garlic in a large skillet and place over medium heat. When oil is hot and garlic aromatic add your vegetables and saute until peppers are tender. Stir in quinoa, oregano, and soy sauce stir till everything is well coated and simmer for 1-2 mins. Add Salt and Pepper to taste and serve immediately.
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