Have you given Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) a chance yet?
As a vegetarian, I am always making sure that the combinations of foods I am using together, will form a complete protein.
Quinoa is a complete protein in and of itself.
How easy is that?
Here is one of my favorite quinoa recipes....
Quinoa Salad with Garbanzo Beans and Tahini
1 c. quinoa, rinsed
2 c. water
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 can garbanzo beans (or dried beans soaked and cooked)
1/2 c. cilantro, chopped
1/2 red onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 c. tahini
zest of lemon (to taste)
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
2 T. hot water
1/2 tsp. sea salt (to taste)
(Mix all of the above together and set aside.)
Bring quinoa and water to a boil. Reduce heat, partially cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes.
The quinoa is done when the little 'tails' appear on each one.
*dry quinoa on the left, cooked on the right
Fluff the quinoa with a fork. Add the beans, red onion, cilantro and half the dressing.
Serve with more dressing on the side as needed.
This makes a great hearty cold salad for lunch.
(Recipe source: 101 Cookbooks)
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