Start incorporating this South American staple into your favorite side dishes!
First off, here is some interesting info on quinoa, coming to you straight off my box of Trader Joe’s organic Quinoa! “Quinoa, pronounced keen-wah, was a staple of the ancient Incas, who called it ‘the mother grain.’ It remains an important staple in South America cuisine, as it contains more protein than most other grains. Its delicate flavor makes it a great alternative to rice or couscous as a side dish, and can be added to vegetables and meat as a main dish.”
This was the first time I had ever cooked quinoa, I had it previously in a “Superfoods Salad” also from Trader Joe’s. My sister-in-law had told me about it as her nutritionist had recommended it to her in an effort to eat more whole foods. During my mad-dash wedding weight-loss I made this recipe and I also kept some cooked quinoa in the fridge to add to soup, beans, and other dishes (in place of rice). It has a delicious flavor and really helps to fill you up! This recipe is a great alternative to a rice pilaf, with way more protein and way less guilt
- 1 cup organic quinoa
- 2 cups organic low-sodium vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 organic red bell pepper
- 1 organic yellow bell pepper
- 2 shallots
- 1 clove garlic
- salt & pepper to taste
- Place 1 cup of quinoa and the 2 cups of vegetable broth in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, cover and cook until all water is absorbed, about 10-15 minutes. When done, the grain appears soft and translucent, and the germ ring will be visible along the outside edge of the grain.
- After you reduce the quinoa to a simmer, prepare your vegetables. Mince the garlic clove, peel and dice the shallots, slice the bell peppers.
- Heat the olive oil on medium setting and begin with your bell peppers first. Saute until just soft, then add the shallots. Saute for another 3-5 minutes, then add your minced garlic. Saute for another 2 minutes. Set aside.
- When the quinoa is finished cooking add it to the sauteed vegetables, mix and serve.
What are your healthy substitutes for rice or potato dishes? Please share