My brother John came to visit us yesterday. He was driving home from Southampton and stopped at a local farm out east and brought us lots of fresh picked goodies. Peaches, all kinds of amazing berries, along with a lovely crusty loaf of Italian bread that we ate with our favorite “gagootz and tomato stew”.
So for breakfast this morning I wanted something nutritious to go along with some of the fresh fruit. Quinoa! Quinoa is so versatile. You can enjoy it sweet or savory. Quinoa is actually not a grain but a seed. It is incredibly healthy, low carb, low glycemic – which is great for your blood sugar. It is packed with protein and all of the essential amino acids your body needs daily!
Another nice thing about quinoa is that it is so simple to make! It cooks in about 15 minutes. Here is the rule for cooking quinoa: first always rinse (removes saponin). Then boil quinoa in twice the amount of liquid, so 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups liquid.
Try this: Cook about 1 cup of dried quinoa in 2 cups of boiling salted water. You can add cinnamon to the water if you like. Once boiling, turn to a simmer, cover and let cook for about 10-15 minutes until all of the water is absorbed. That’s it.
Serve with fresh fruit, almond milk, cinnamon and a touch of honey if you like it sweeter. Enjoy my friends.