18 July 2008

{a new fave side}

Quinoa - pronounced keen-wah, is an important staple in South American cuisine.  It was in fact, a staple of ancient Incas who referred to it as "the mother grain".  And I want to say, ' It is "the MOTHER grain" indeed!'  This stuff is so good.  It's flavor is extremely delicate, so it's a great alternative as a side dish.  I added chicken broth, basil, scallions, fresh tomatoes, and some fresh lemon juice.  For a first time try, it was definitely a success (and that's coming from the husband!).  It's so delicate that I'm going to try it in place of Cream of Wheat (a personal fave of mine and my husband's).  Yes folks, this is wheat and gluten free!  So, it could do just the trick for a cold morning craving of a hot steamy bowl of goodness.  (Topped with brown sugar, rice milk and maybe a bit of butter and cinnamon.)

INTERESTING TAD BIT for the knowing....This yummy stuff isn't really "grain". In fact, it's really a fruit!  And a shout out to Willow (as she loves all things health...don't be fooled by her last post on cookies): this grain-fruit is described (by the National Academy of Science) as "the most nearly perfect source of protein from the vegetable kingdom."  It's loaded wth lysine and other amino acids making it a complete protein.  AND, it's high in fiber, calium, iron, vitamin E, B vitamins and phosphorus.  So, if you're looking for a healthy yet delicious alternative - this should be on your list!

So, when in doubt for your next side, try quinoa (if you haven't already).  You won't be dissapointed!  

HAPPY FRIDAY!  See you monday!

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