Quinoa: The Perfect Super Food!



By: CHEF MARGIE AROSH  
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Quinoa
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A delicious South American grain has recently been rediscovered.  It is a cousin of the Spinach and Swiss chard family and has a fluffy, slightly nutty, slightly crunchy flavor.  Quinoa is gluten free and easily digested with a balanced set of all essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.  It also contains ‘More Protein’ than any other grain with excellent health benefits.  Do you need any more reasons to try this perfect Super Food?

 

I was recently introduced to this wonderful gluten-free grain by my co-chef instructor, Ellen Grossman, while teaching a class for Passover.  I was very impressed by its flavour, versatility and especially its nutritional value.

 

As one of my recent dinner guests was a vegetarian, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to introduce this new grain to my family.  I prepared it simply with sautéed onion and red bell pepper, Pilaf style, and I combined two kinds of quinoa, red and white for colour.  It looked beautiful and was such a big hit that the poor vegetarian barely got any to eat!

 

Studies have shown that quinoa as part of a healthy way of eating can significantly lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes, and helps with digestion and migraine headaches.  It is not only beneficial for adults, but for children and infants as well.  It is gluten free and can help reduce the risk of childhood asthma.

 

The best way to cook quinoa is to treat it like rice: for each cup of grain add two cups of water or stock.  Plain or with the addition of any vegetable or seasoning, quinoa is a lovely complement to any meal.

 

Quinoa Tabouleh

 


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