Quinoa

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I have recently watched a documentary that was posted on Facebook by a friend on the effects of the quantity of animal protein in our diet and the negative effects that it has on our bodies.

I am not going to go into a lot of detail on the video’s contents and my thoughts.    I will just briefly say that the video was most definitely an encouragement to me to be more diligent in my diet. It really got me thinking.

 
The video suggests a vegan diet to prevent and cure disease. I do feel that there is very legitimate claims behind this and without a doubt in my mind food definitely impacts the wellbeing of our lives. I do think that there is much to consider in the vegan’s diet. I believe that we, Americans, do not eat enough raw whole foods and it shows in our health and wellbeing.

I personally am not a vegan and am not planning to go that route.  While I found this video to have a very positive effect on the way I viewed food and my personal health and situation I did not agree with the entirety of the content.

Okay, moving on…

to QUINOA!
I wanted to share a little info on Quinoa and share a recipe with you.  Just because I love quinoa!
What is quinoa(KEEN-wah)? It is a plant native to South America grown primarily for the seeds. (what we call grain)

Is it hard to make?  No!  Just add to boiling water.
What are the benefits of quinoa?

  • high in protein
  • has all 9 essential amino acids
  • is low in fat and calories
  • is a great source for iron and fiber
  • it’s high in manganese which keeps bones strong and healthy
  • it can help maintain normal blood sugar levels and can help lower high cholesterol
  • has a low glycemic index compared to other whole grains
  • great for the gluten-free diet
  • it is easy to digest

What does quinoa have to do with the video? Not much really, except that it is a great source of protein from a whole food.  Quinoa just came to my mind when I was thinking about my menu for the week.  And it seemed appropriate to put the 2 together in my post.  🙂

There are many ways you could eat it.  You could even eat it plain or with butter or oil and seasonings.  I like to chill mine and make a salad dish out of it.  Here is how I make my salad dish:

Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 c quinoa
  2. 1c water
  3. 2 avocados peeled and sliced
  4. 1/3 c finely chopped red onion
  5. 1/4 c. freshly chopped cilantro
  6. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  7. 1/3 c cheese(grated parmesan, feta, or goat cheese)
  8. 2tbsp of oil -I prefer sunflower oil, or you could use olive oil
  9. Balsamic Vinegar to taste

Directions:

  1. In saucepan combine 1/2 c quinoa and 1c water.  Bring to boiling; reduce heat.  Simmer, covered, about 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  2. Place the quinoa in a bowl and let chill in the refrigerator.
  3. Add *vegetables to the quinoa and stir.
  4. Stir in oil and vinegar to taste

*you can add any fresh veggies that you like some ideas that aren’t listed above are: garlic, red pepper, green olives, tomato.

My quinoa comes pre-rinsed.  If you buy quinoa be sure to find out if it needs to be rinsed before cooking.