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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Quinoa....quin-who?

As of recently I have begun the transition into a gluten free diet. Everyone that I have come across that is gluten free has nothing but wonderful things to say about it. They feel better, look better, and these days it is easier to go gluten free since most items are marked gluten free on their packaging. As I have done my research into this new diet adventure, I noticed that one of my main staples would be quinoa. If you haven't heard of quinoa yet you are bound to hear about it soon. The past few years it's popularity has increased and it's health benefits are pretty hard to beat. Quinoa contains iron, B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E, and fiber. Consuming 2 to 3 servings of whole grain foods can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, colon cancer, and obesity to name a few.
Now that you know the benefits of quinoa, I'm going to show you the quickest and easiest way to make it. 

What You Need:
1 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups water
Salt to taste

What You Do:
Rinse quinoa in a strainer
Put rinsed quinoa in a skillet and put it on medium heat
Stir quinoa around in skillet until dried (about 3-5 minutes)
Add water and salt and turn heat to medium/low. Put lid on skillet
Tilt lid to the side so that steam can escape
Continue cooking without stirring for 15-18 minutes or until water is absorbed.
Fluff with a fork and serve!

It's that easy! So go out there, grab some quinoa and get to healthy cookin!

Have you tried quinoa before?

Tori

1 comment:

  1. I have tried it but the texture is a little off for me. I did make almond joy protein balls though with it that were pretty good.

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