A staple in the diet of the ancient Incas, quinoa (KEEN-wah) is well on its way to being dubbed supergrain of the millennium. High in fiber and a high-quality protein similar to that found in meat, this grain cooks up like rice and has a mild flavor similar to couscous. Quinoa can be found in health-food stores and many supermarkets.
1 3/4 cups water
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 cup coarsely chopped seeded tomato
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint or parsley
1/4 cup raisins (I have never added this and don't miss it though I do add some currants once in a while to contrast the lemon juice)
1/4 cup chopped cucumber
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (I usually use lime juice, cuz that's what i grew up with)
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons minced fresh onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Combine water and quinoa in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; fluff with a fork. Stir in tomato and remaining ingredients. Cover; let stand 1 hour. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Yield: 5 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
CALORIES 182(24% from fat); FAT 4.8g (sat 0.6g,mono 2.5g,poly 1.1g); PROTEIN 5g; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 31mg; SODIUM 259mg; FIBER 5.3g; IRON 3.5mg; CARBOHYDRATE 31.6g
Cooking Light, OCTOBER 1999
~ This Girl
"The ultimate cure for obesity is exercise!" -Covert Bailey, Fit or Fat?
Last edited by ThisGirlsLosing; 04-12-2006 at 08:23 PM.