Quinoa is a whole grain complete food (contains all the amino acids) that the ancient Incas thought sacred. Their warriors used it while out in battle and its name means “mother grain.”
I love quinoa because it cooks quickly, and is extremely versatile. It can be added to cold salads, eaten in the place of rice, and spooned into soups.
Here is a quick way to cook quinoa. Keep it on hand so that it’s ready whenever you’re hungry.
Note: The longer it soaks the less cooking time it will need because it will begin to sprout. You can also cook it so it’s firm, so that if you use it in recipes such as fried quinoa (recipe below), it doesn’t get overcooked.
A quick way to eat it is to stir fry it like fried rice. Dice half of an onion, and cut up some of your favorite vegetables such as mushrooms, Bok Choy, cabbage etc.
Add olive oil or your favorite oil to a hot pan, throw in the onions, and let them cook for about a minute. (You may also chose to throw in a little diced garlic). Throw in the rest of the vegetables, stir fry them for another 2 to 3 min., and then throw in about 2 cups of cooked quinoa (it can be cold). Make sure the cooking temp. isn’t too high. Then season to taste, and add a few sprinkles of soy sauce which not only gives in a nice color but has a nice flavor as well. If you’re using tougher veggies such as cabbage, you may want to turn the fire down and cover the pan for a minute to allow them to steam. Be careful not to use too much salt if you’re going to use soy sauce. I usually add bean sprouts after I take the pan off the fire and allow them to cook a little by stirring them in.
You can get creative and throw in cooked rice, shrimp, sunflower seeds, bean sprouts, raisins, or whatever your heart desires. You can also add a raw egg first, before the onions, and quickly stir it until it breaks into small pieces as it fries.
This makes a one person serving. Double the recipe for two people and so on.
The health benefits of this wonder food cannot be overstated. It is much much better than rice which is a hybrid food; even brown rice is hybrid. Hybrid foods have been manipulated and don’t have the complete nutrition or balance that is in natural foods. For example, hybrid fruits are too high in sugars and lower in essential nutrients.