Quinoa mix of goodness.
Quinoa is a vegetable seed (not a grain) grown in South America and botanically belongs to the spinach and beet family. It's nutrient dense and considered a superfood. It's a complete protein as it supplies all 9 essential amino acids (so great for all vegan and vegetarians). It carries anti-inflammatory properties including flavonoids, polysaccharides, phenolic acids and vitamin E nutrients. It's gluten free, therefore safe for those with Celiac disease, and it's a good source of fiber, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, and calcium. It's taste is a bit nutty and delicate.
Since I'm a plant-based eater, quinoa is one of my go to protein sources. I can have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I've even baked with it. It's a great ingredient to add to almost anything you create!
Try this simple, healthy and delicious recipe:
1 cup of Quinoa
1 cup of Garbanzo beans (from a can rinsed and drained)
1 cup of black eye peas (from a can rinsed and drained)
Bunch of spinach
To make quinoa, follow instruction on the bag or add 1 cup of quinoa to 1/2-2 cups of water. Let it boil for 3 minutes, then simmer slightly covered for 10-15 minutes. Stir once while boiling.
In a pan with olive oil, add chopped broccoli and saute for about 5 minutes, then add rinsed and drained garbanzo beans and black eyed peas. If you wish add some minced garlic, a little salt and pepper. Saute for 5 minutes then add spinach. Mix well while cooking for another 3-5 minutes. Add cooked quinoa, mix together well for 2 more minutes. Serve warm and enjoy!
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