Quinoa is an amazing food! See it’s details below the recipe…
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- Fresh cracked pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 3 tomatoes, diced (I like cherry tomatoes..just use more)
- 1 cucumber, diced
- 1/2 white onion (if onion is too potent, you can use 3 scallions, chopped)
- 1 cup fresh parsley or cilantro or both, chopped
- In a saucepan bring water to a boil. Add quinoa and a pinch of salt. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature; fluff with a fork.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Stir in cooled quinoa.
- So great left in the fridge overnight!
ABOUT QUINOA (keen-wa):
Although technically a seed, quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is commonly referred to and used most often as a grain. Once only available in health foods stores, quinoa is now available year-round in most supermarkets and is one of the most nutritious foods one can eat.
Nutrients in Quinoa
One cup (cooked) quinoa contains eight grams of protein, nearly twice the amount found in other grains. Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it provides the body all nine essential amino acids. In addition to being a good source of protein, quinoa also contains:
- vitamin E
Health Benefits of Quinoa
Quinoa is rich in magnesium, zinc, vitamin E, and selenium, which help to control weight and reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Studies suggest quinoa is high in antioxidant activity, helping to protect the body from free radical damage. Like other grains, quinoa is rich in lignans, a phytonutrient found to reduce the risk of heart disease as well as certain types of cancer.