Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Breakfast Bake . Yum! I also have an eye on Kim@Liv Life's Quinoa Salad with Avocado Black Beans with Chipotle Lime Dressing.
As you are reading my blog today, I am at my garage sale today and tomorrow. Wish me luck, and hope that it doesn't rain.
For those of you who are not familiar with Quinoa, pronounced "keen-wah", the quinoa plant is native to the Andean regions of Peru, Bolivia and Chile on the continent of South America. .It is a grain like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds, and is not a member of the grass family, so it not considered a grain. It is more related to the spinach and beets family. There are many different varieties of the plant, wild, and red, just to name a few. The quinoa we eat today has been cultivated in South America for around 5000 years. It is definitely an "Ancient food. Quinoa has only been in the U.S. since the 1970's.
The virtues of Quinoa are many. Quinoa is high in protein, but the protein it supplies is a complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. It also has Lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. Because quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus, this "grain" may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis. It is also gluten free. There are many other health benefits, too numerous to mention here, so click on the link to read more about this wonderful food, Quinoa.
Garlic Chicken Stir Fry with Peppers and Quinoa Serves four From Trader Joe's
**Always rinse and drain quinoa thoroughly, Quinoa seeds have a bitter-tasting coating, which is removed by rinsing in cold water several times, and then drained.
1 cup Quinoa, prepared with chicken stock, according to package directions (so you'll need two cups chicken stock) I used TJ's low sodium chicken stock
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders, or chicken breasts
1 tbsp o1ive oil
1small onion, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced (I used green)
5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
20 leaves fresh sweet basil, julienne
grated parmesan cheese
**Always rinse and drain quinoa thoroughly, Quinoa seeds have a bitter-tasting coating, which is removed by rinsing in cold water several times, and then drained
Cut chicken into one-inch pieces. Heat large nonstick skillet over high heat and add the oil. Add chicken and saute for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Add onions, bell peppers; saute for one or two more minutes; add garlic and saute until peppers become slightly limp, but still bright, about one to two minutes; season with salt and pepper. Remove the pan from heat; add basil and quinoa. Toss until basil wilts; garnish with Parmesan cheese. Serves four.
I recieved no compensation or products from Trader Joe's.