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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Simply Quinoa - delicious and nutritious

© 2012 Saya Style
This is one of my all time favourite and reliable recipes... perfect as a side dish or if you're like me and easily satisfied with vegetarian food.. perfect on it's own for a light lunch.
It's good to know that this humble food with a rice like consistency, is packed full of nutrients and is uniquely high in protein along with having a low GI.  Most people think it's a grain but it's actually a seed!

Saya's Delish Vegetable Quinoa - serves 6

1 cup quinoa (rinsed)
2 1/4 cups water
1 large onion
2-3 garlic cloves crushed
1 heaped tablespoon dried basil (or thyme or rosemary).  Mixing in some fresh herbs is good too.
1 punnet cherry tomatoes cut in halves
1 red capsicum diced
4 heaped teaspoons Massel vegetable stock powder (if you prefer light flavours reduce to 2 or 3 teaspoons)

Add quinoa and water into a large pot and bring to the boil. 

Then stir in all other ingredients and reduce temperature of stove to bring down to a gentle simmer.  Keep the lid of the pot off and stir occassionally whilst cooking.  Cook gently from anywhere between 20 - 30 minutes.  Basically until all the liquid has been obsorbed (little spots or holes appearing on the surface of the quinoa is a good indication of this).

Then remove from the stove and put the lid onto the pot.  Let it sit for 2 minutes then fluff quinoa up with a fork and you're ready to dig in!

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