Quinoa, Superman Food
There has been a lot of buzz about the grain Quinoa over the last decade. Labeled a “super-food” or “super-grain” by many dieticians, nutritionists and doctors, Quinoa was first discovered by the Incas over three thousand years ago. A consistent staple of an Inca warrior’s diet, Quinoa was believed to increase stamina for battle. Considered a gift from the gods for many millennia, Quinoa and its practical benefits are just being discovered by mainstream media.
Containing all nine essential amino acids and iron, Quinoa might be one of the most perfect vegetarian proteins available to us. And, because it is rich in fiber, it aids in digestion and prevents constipation: a common health risk of a diet containing too much red meat. Also, high in B-2 vitamins and antioxidants, this “super-grain” aids in cell repairs and protects red blood cells during energy production.
In the 212 Bistro, we have featured Quinoa in many menu items and specials. Always popular with our health-savvy clientele, Quinoa is very easy too cook. Try substituting Quinoa for other “inferior” grains and reap the health benefits of a “warrior’s diet”.
How to Cook Quinoa:
· 1 cup Quinoa
· 1 ¾ cups Water (or Chicken/Vegetable Broth for more flavor!)
1. Put Quinoa and water in a sauce pan with a tight fitting lid.
2. Bring the mixture to its first boil.
3. After it has started boiling, turn your burner down to its lowest possible simmer.
4. Cook for 10 minutes more (still covered).
5. Remove from the burner and let steam with the lid on for another 15 minutes.
6. Fluff with a fork, add nuts, fresh herbs or serve with roasted fish and chicken for a healthy “starch” alternative.