One thing that has changed for the better is the addition of 'quinoa' to my diet. I have been hearing about this 'grain' for a while, but I balked at the price in the store as it is not terribly inexpensive. Oddly enough, I finally decided to buy some when I was shopping at It's Only Natural the other day. What is odd is that It's Only Natural is not the place to shop when looking for low prices yet they had quinoa in their bulk section that was priced comparable to other stores. The truly nice thing was that I could buy only as much as I wanted.
Pretty much every reference that I could find to preparing quinoa called for it to be soaked prior to cooking. Most called for it to be soaked for a minimum of two hours. Nourishing Traditions has only one recipe that I could find that included quinoa. This recipe called for the quinoa to be soaked in a solution of filtered water and yogurt for at least 12 hours. Having never prepared quinoa before, I opted for the longer soak. So, last night I started soaking the quinoa. I used 1/2 cup of the dry quinoa in a solution of 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt.
Today, I rinsed the quinoa and set it to boil in 1 cup of fresh, filtered water with a teaspoon of soy sauce. After bringing it to a boil, I turned down the heat to a simmer and added some peas, onion, and green pepper to the mix. It seems that I should have cut down on the water a little bit because it took quite some time for it to cook off. At any rate, I am happy to say that it turned out great! I think that I have found my new favorite side dish. As it is prepared similarly to rice, it can easily be substituted for - or blended with - rice to provide some variety.
According to NutritionData.com, one serving (one cup, cooked) of quinoa has:
- 4g of fat
- 39g of carbohydrate
- 5g of fiber
- 8g of protein.
- 2g of fat
- 46g of carbohydrate
- 4g of fiber
- 5g of protein.
Well, tomorrow morning I intend to start my day with a hot quinoa 'cereal' for breakfast. I put 1/2 cup of dried quinoa in filtered water to soak overnight. Tomorrow, I will prepare it with raisins, cinnamon, and some raw honey. Rather than preparing it separately, I will add my VidaCell to the mix. I am really looking forward to breakfast!