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Don't Get Stuffed - Get Quinoa

Don't Get Stuffed - Get Quinoa

It's pronounced "Keen-wa" and it's known as "The Mother Grain." It's a great alternative to your traditional Thanksgiving stuffing. The original will fill you up quickly, leaving no room for dessert. It is also super high in protein - 1 cup of Quinoa contains a whopping 22 grams of protein, while the usual breadcrumb stuffing has about 1 gram. Plus, quinoa is a whole grain, which is much healthier for you and less processed.
If you've never tried it, it's a lot like rice, and making it is just as easy. It'll be a stuffing to remember. If you want to try out a recipe

Quinoa Stuffing

You'll need:

4 med. yellow onions, chopped
1 large red pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
½ tsp of sea salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups of rinsed Quinoa
4 cups of water
2 vegetarian soup stock cubes

Add finely chopped onions, minced garlic, and salt to olive oil in a wok and sauté until onions are slightly brown. Then add chopped red pepper and continue to sauté until onions are caramelized. Add water, stock cubes and rinsed quinoa and bring to a simmer. Stir once after five minutes then simmer for 35 minutes or until water has been cooked in.

Fit's Tip: Throw in other veggies for even more fun. I like celery, yellow peppers, peas, carrots, zucchini, and tomatoes. Might as well throw some cooked beans in there too for some added protein (as if quinoa didn't have enough as it is).

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