If there’s one whole grain I can’t get enough of, it would definitely have to be quinoa. Since I’m sensitive to wheat, quinoa is the perfect grain for me, completely gluten-free. And I love the fact that you can cook it in 15-20 minutes, which seems like a breeze compared to brown rice. Extra bonus: it’s a great source of protein that’s non animal-based, and contains ample amounts of magnesium, iron and manganese.
I’ve been having fun experimenting with quinoa in the last few months. Recently, I added it to one of my favorite Real Simple recipes, bean and sausage stew. It makes for a hardy one pot meal but with minimal effort and so much flavor.
I also like that quinoa works as a breakfast pooridge, part of a main dish or a healthy side dish. Check out this week’s video tip on adding pesto to quinoa — a great accompaniment to almost any meal. I talked about this specific recipe a while back, so fast and easy. Now you can see just how easy it is in the video.
Do you have a favorite quinoa recipe? How do you like to prepare it? Another of my favorites is this delicious quinoa stew. Enjoy!