Going Gluten and GMO-Grain Free


It’s pronounced Keen-wah
July 6, 2010, 7:40 pm
Filed under: Dairy free, Egg-free, Main Dishes, Recipes, Sides | Tags: ,

I have a new obsession with quinoa. I find it versatile, light, and easy-to-digest. Not to mention, it is a complete protein with an essential amino acid balance that is close to perfect. Some varieties of quinoa are over 20 percent protein! More commonly found with a 16 percent protein content, quinoa still far surpasses other grains in protein power. It can replace rice in almost any recipe and is great in cold salads. AND it is super easy to make… just make sure to rinse it well before cooking!

Here is a recipe I threw together for dinner:

Quinoa Pilaf with Sausage

1 cup quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
2 green onions
1 carrot
1 zucchini
4 sausages (I use fully cooked chicken sausage)
Salt and Italian seasoning to taste

Dice all veggies

*I used the veggies that I had on hand but this recipe should work with just about anything. Peas anyone?

Combine quinoa, broth, and veggies in medium-sized pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until all liquid is absorbed.

While quinoa is cooking, cut fully cooked sausage length-wise and then into bite-size chunks. Lightly brown sausage in a skillet.

Add sausage to quinoa and season to taste (A dash of salt and a teaspoon of Italian herbs does it for me).

Serves 2-3 as a main dish; would work well as a side dish also!

Keep an eye out for another quinoa recipe later this week.

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I will try this for sure Kate if I can get it at whole foods market let me know.

Comment by Angye

Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s definitely have it. I think the chain markets are starting to carry it too! Usually in the rice/pasta aisle.

Comment by Katie




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