Burn Flab With THIS Delicious Dish [RECIPE]
Toasted, Boiled, Buttered… there aren’t many ways I don’t love to serve my favorite “rice alternative” superfood… Quinoa.
What is quinoa?
It’s actually a seed that derives from a grain-like plant. That’s why quinoa, though being a seed, is classified as a grain – or a pseudo-cereal.
Quinoa may have a great PR agent at the moment… but it’s definitely not new. In fact it was discovered almost 4 thousand years ago in Incan civilization.
(…Some believe it was only 3,000 years ago by the Andian people. Nonetheless, it’s OLD!)
It was even believed by ancient peoples to give energy to warriors before a fight!
The Quinoa Company has even dubbed this yummy food the “Supergrain of the coming times”.
(It’s enjoying quite a resurgence of popularity, so we’ll forgive The Quinoa Company’s implication that it hasn’t been around for the past 4,000 years… and the fact that it’s NOT technically a grain.)
What is Quinoa?
Quinoa looks like miniature balls of broken cous-cous with rings like Saturn around them when cooked, and has a fantastic nutty flavor.
You can usually find fresh, organic quinoa in the store where the loose grains, rice, and beans are sold. I love to buy sprouted quinoa for it’s ease of digestion and have replaced all the pasta in my house with Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta. WARNING: If you cook it at home, be sure to taste it a couple minutes before you think it’s ready – it goes from al dente to overdone rather quickly!
How can you prepare quinoa?
Quinoa can be prepared and served as an almost perfect substitute to rice and barley, but it’s also creatively used as a pasta and an oatmeal in my FREE Gluten-Free Cookbook.
It’s full of protein and contains all 9 essential amino acids. It has double the nutritional benefits of most other foods that are used in it’s stead.
A short list of quinoa benefits includes:
- Fiber – known to help your digestive system
- Naturally lowers blood pressure
- Fights high cholesterol
- May decrease hemorrhoids
- Regulates appetite by helping you feel full longer
- Helps regulate sugar in the body – beneficial for diabetics and those who are trying to lose weight!
Top Benefits of Quinoa…
Did you know that our brains consume approximately 20% of the oxygen our bodies use?
Iron carries oxygen between cells in order for our bodies to make use of oxygen – and quinoa is a great source of iron.
It also has magnesium that helps your body to get rid of headaches naturally.
Additionally, magnesium is powerful in helping your body to regulate blood sugar.
Without further ado, please enjoy a quinoa recipe that is one of my favorites.
SLIMMING MEDITERRANEAN QUINOA RECIPE
- 1 Cup Sprouted Quinoa (rinse thoroughly until water runs clear such as you would do with rice)
- 2 Cups SlimTea or SlimTea Kenyan
- 2 Cups Green Beans, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 2 Zucchinis, Sliced thin
- 2 Cups Organic Cherry or Grape Tomatoes (when available)
- 1/2 Cup Kidney (or your favorite) Beans
- 1/4 Cup Sliced Red Onion
- 1/4 Cup Feta
- 1/2 Cup Kalamata Olives
- 1/2 Tsp Grated Organic Lemon Zest
- 1 Lemon, Juiced
- 1/3 Cup Chopped Shallots
- 1/4+ Cup EVOO
- 1/4 Cup Parsley
- Salt and Pepper
- Combine quinoa, SlimTea salt in a pan. Bring to a simmer.
- Cover and continue to simmer over low heat until most of the liquid is absorbed.
- Whisk quinoa a bit in a bowl to prevent sticking together and set aside.
- Boil green beans until tender.
- Make “sauce” by stirring together EVOO, lemon zest, lemon juice, shallot, & pepper. Salt to taste.
- Add feta, tomatoes, olives, parsley, chives and green beans to quinoa.
- Top with zucchini slices.
- Add sauce & toss salad.
- Chill in fridge until ready to serve!