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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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Fitness Fitness 10 years
Nope - it's just naturally red, you know, like how rice comes in different colors.
Beaner Beaner 10 years
Is it dyed red?
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Yeah, quinoa is great. Did you know there's red quinoa too?
katie225 katie225 10 years
my little parrot LOVES quinoa. i'll have to go to trader joe's to pick some of this stuff up so i can try it.
head-sparkler head-sparkler 10 years
Quinoa truly is wonderful, and can be spiced up in all kinds of ways. There are lots of great quinoa salad recipes floating around out there - green onions, red pepper, cucumber, cumin - very yummy! I'm excited to try this stuffing recipe.
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Sorry about the sperm thing. Don't let it stop you. Quinoa is the mother grain. It's been around forever for a good reason. It's not dry at all. It's a little chewy, like slightly under-cooked rice. But it doesn't taste under-cooked. I love the texture and it's so good for you.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
Ack! The "sperm feel" ruined it for me...THANKS guys! LOL!
daltan daltan 10 years
It does have that sperm feel. I'm worried that it might taste a little dry. Does it?
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Yeah, it's got a nice flavor plain, but you can add flavoring too. I use it as a rice substitute all the time when I make curry. It cooks faster than brown rice and has much more protein. It looks really cool too. Each circle has a little tail. My friend thinks it looks like sperm, but it really doesn't. What do you think?
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
My SIL makes this stuff all the time! She said its pretty much the highest concentrated protein you can get. :?
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
Thanks for the inside scoop sinsational and cubiclequeen. I'll be trying this out for sure.
sinsational sinsational 10 years
Yes indeed, don't use too much water, it's very alike brown rice. I like it. You can prepare it sweet also, like rice pudding, replacing all the sinful ingredients, like skim milk and alternative sugar. Very healthy.
cubiclequeen cubiclequeen 10 years
I like quinoa though I've only prepared it in a pre-boxed variety where the directions are very simple. It has a chewy type texture similar to rice and you toast the grain before you cook it which enhances the flavor. I highly recommend trying it if you like brown rice and couscous.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I've never heard of this, but I'm open to trying it. Looks like small grain brown rice.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
has anyone tried this stuff? it looks chewy, i wonder what it tastes like...
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