Quinoa has to be the most versatile grain, you can pretty much do anything with this grain, from cooking to baking with it.
Health Benefits of Quinoa?
Quinoa also falls into the ‘Superfood” category as it’s considered to be a high-fiber carbohydrate and is a complete source of protein meaning it contains all essential amino acids. It’s high in zinc, iron and vitamins B such as folate.
How to eat it!
Do you like it hot or cold? Personally, I’ll eat it either way. I make tons of different salads with it, but I also love it as a hot side dish instead of rice and it pairs perfectly with chicken, salmon or vegetables.
I won’t lie, even though I love it, my kids hate quinoa, unless I’ve hidden it the chances of them eating it is like 0 to 0.5. BUT! the other day, I made it super simple. I added 3 ingredients to it and they friggin ate it! (insert the shock faced emoji here)
Usually, I like to add a whole bunch of veggies, or nuts or beans, but I was in a rush and quickly threw to it together, to have as a side with the breaded chicken breasts I baked in the oven. The result- delicious and post worthy!
No need to screenshot or grab a pen for this recipe, it’s going to take you minutes to make and the chances are you have all 4 of these ingredients in the fridge…ready?
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 garlic clove- finely chopped
1tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
Salt & pepper to taste
Yup..that’s it! here’s how to whip it together:
- boil quinoa in water ( 1 cup quinoa needs about 1.5 cups of water)
- in a skillet, heat olive oil with chopped garlic
- add cooked quinoa, salt & pepper, ‘stir fry’ it for about 2-3 minutes
- add parsley, stir & serve
I know- easy right?
Want to kick it up a notch…add some fresh lemon zest! so yum!!!