Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday Food: Quinoa Pilaf

Simple and very good for you. Makes a great side dish or small meal.

Servings: 4 bowls

1 cup Ancient Harvest Quinoa
2 cups Organic Vegetable Broth, Low Sodium
1 Green Bell Pepper
1 Red Bell Pepper, Raw
1/3 cup Scallions (or just a few stalks)

Dice bell peppers and chop scallions.
Boil broth in pot (will need a lid later) while saute scallions & bell peppers in pan
Once boiled, add veggies & quinoa to broth, cover & reduce heat - simmer for 15 minutes until water is absorbed.
The quinoa will look translucent with a ring around the little spaceships.
Serve & eat!

Nutrition: per serving:
Calories 194,Total Fat 2.87g,Saturated Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 73.25mg, Total Carbohydrate 36.03g, Dietary Fiber 4.62g, Sugars 4.92g, Protein 6.6g

No idea what Quinoa (KEEN-wa) is? Neither did I the fist time I made some. I found this online:

It is a light and fluffy grain with a slightly nutty flavor. A great alternative to white rice or couscous since it is lighter and not sticky.
Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain; an average of 16.2%, compared with 7.5% for rice, 9.9% for millet, and 14% for wheat. And it is gluten free for those that need to restrict gluten from their diets.
Quinoa's protein is a complete protein. It also provides starch, sugars, oil (high in essential linoleic acid), fiber, minerals, and vitamins.
And it cooks quickly!

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