Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My new food obsession: Quinoa

If you've never heard of quinoa, you are in for a treat today! It is a grain that is chock full of fiber and complete protein (protein that contains all 9 essential amino acids). It's also totally delicious and filling to boot!

Here's a super easy recipe to make your quinoa taste fantastic (I use it for a meal with veggies on the side or a perfect side to chicken or fish).

You'll Need:

*1 cup quinoa uncooked

*1 small onion chopped

*1 small zucchini chopped

*2-3 cloves garlic minced

*2 cups fat free chicken or vegetable broth

*1 tsp fresh thyme minced

*1 tsp fresh parsley minced

*1 tsp fresh chives minced

*cooking spray

How to make it:

*spray large stove top pan with cooking spray, heat to medium heat and pour uncooked quinoa in...toast for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally

*meanwhile, saute onion, zucchini and garlic in a small pan using cooking spray

*after the quinoa has toasted, add broth and bring to boil, cover and reduce heat. Let sit for 15 minutes or until broth has been absorbed.

*add the sauteed veggies and garlic to the cooked quinoa and top with fresh herbs

4 servings total. Each serving contains 180 calories, grams protein, 3 grams fiber


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