The Perfect Food

The Perfect Food
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I think that quinoa is a perfect food.  It is an amazing grain.  It is an ancient Andean staple that gets a little mushier than other grains when cooked.  This South American grain was
considered to be sacred by the Inca Indians and its Incan name 'chisaya mama'
translates into the mother of all grains. 
Now that I know this, I will start calling it chisaya because I believe
it is quite appropriate. 

Quinoa or Chisaya is very high in protein and should become
a staple food for any vegan or vegetarian.  Beyond having great protein, it is very low in saturated
fat, low in fiber and has a low glycemic index.   This delicious complex carb serves as a great fuel
source for your body.  In fact,
quinoa was discovered by NASA scientists when they needed a food to provide
optimum nutrition and fuel for human space missions.  

Here are some recipes.

Quinoa Broccoli Pilaf

Southeast Asian Style

Quinoa Burger

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  • Honestly, I've been a little intimidated by Quinoa. But, I'm going to face my fear and attempt to make the Quinoa burger for Meatless Monday this week. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Don't feel that way. Another way to makes it - my fav - is I take left over whatever - veggies, meat- put it in a pan with the quinoa and a spoon of sun dried tomato paste - brown it a little, and then roll it in a hot tortilla. Even if you do not love it plain (which is possible), simply adding 1-2 spoons of it in a mixture or add to you food. This will boost the nutritional value.

  • I love quinoa. I agree that it helps to add flavor to your quinoa with salad dressing, bouillon, or hot sauce. I like to poach an egg over my leftovers.

  • Here is a nother recipe. Thanks fo ryour comments:
    STUFFED PEPPERS

    6 green bell peppers (cut off tops and dice)
    1 pound ground turkey
    1 cup quinoa (cooked)

  • I made the Quinoa Burgers that you suggested. Here is the result.

    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/ups-and-downs-of-a-yoga-mom/2011/04/meatless-monday-quinoa-burgers.html

    You are right. There was no reason to be scared of quinoa.

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