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Quinoa, Black Bean and Broccoli Salad with a Blackberry Serrano Dressing

Today we wanted to touch on quinoa. Where you are in your whole food journey will determine your familiarity with this extremely versatile grain/seed.  With all of its media attention these days, the chances are high you are familiar with this new Hollywood star of the superfood world. But if you’ve never met, please allow me to introduce you!

Today I’m not going to share any fancy recipes, just the basics. I spend a lot of time on the internet and I’m always surprised by how many variations there seem to be on cooking quinoa. So, if you’re new to whole foods or just starting out on your journey, you may find yourself confused as to how to cook it.

Why Quinoa Is Awesome

The beauty of quinoa is that it takes no more time to cook than rice, is fairly neutral tasting, has a good texture and is enjoyed by most. Also, quinoa does not require any special preparation.If you have a spouse or family that is resisting whole food options, this is a great place to start.

The only thing is that some people detect a slight bitter flavor (it is very subtle) when they eat quinoa. The method I’ll demonstrate in the video takes no extra time, makes the quinoa taste nutty and masks any bitterness. If you’re just introducing quinoa to your family, I highly recommend this method. It cooks perfectly every time. Set the timer and walk away!

Once the quinoa is made, it makes an excellent side dish, like rice, but it’s also a great addition to a vegetarian or vegan diet due to its high protein profile. We also make extra so that we can serve it with a poached eggs for breakfast, make salads that pack easily for lunch, or use it as a vegetarian main course. For quinoa recipes out the wahoo consider this much loved book, Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood.

Also, if you’re following a traditional diet, check out Gnowfglins for her class on cooking grains.

What’s the next recipe you are going to make with quinoa? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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