Friday, April 6, 2012

Perfect Fluffy Quinoa

Quinoa is a very good food for you and very inexpensive.  It can take the place of breakfast cereals, oatmeal, and rice. 

Some of the health benefits are as follows ~

Complete protein. Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids that are required by the body as building blocks for muscles.

Magnesium helps relax your muscles and blood vessels and effects blood pressure. Quinoa contains high levels of this vital nutrient.

Fiber. Quinoa is a wonderful way to ensure that you consume valuable fiber that eases elimination and tones your colon.

Manganese and copper. Quinoa is a good source of these minerals that act as antioxidants in your body to get rid of dangerous cancer and disease-causing substances.

Compared to other grains, quinoa is higher in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc than wheat, barley, or corn.

For perfect fluffy quinoa, take 1 cup of quinoa and rinse it well.

Put it into a pan with 1 1/2 cups of water.

Cover and bring to a boil, then turn it to simmer.

Simmer for 15 minutes.

Turn off the heat, keep covered, and leave for 15 minutes.

Fluff it up with a fork.

For breakfast, I add raisins, cinnamon, coconut oil, sea salt, and honey.

For dinner you can add any seasonings you like.

Quinoa has a very mild flavor but you need to make sure you rinse it well or it will be bitter.