Sometimes you get home and you just want something fast to eat that is delicious and nutritious. Quinoa, pronounced “keen-wah” is an ancient Inca seed that has grain-like properties. If you haven’t tried it, you MUST, and if you have, you know why it is AMAZING. It takes less time to cook than rice and is just as satisfying. It is also a COMPLETE protein, meaning it has, in adequate proportions, all nine essential amino acids that we need for a healthy body. For this recipe, I love eating the quinoa cold, but it is also great hot with vegetables instead of berries.
BERRY AND NUT QUINOA
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup berries (blueberries, raspberries or cranberries)
1/4 cup nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, etc.)
Rinse the quinoa until the water runs clear, then drain and transfer to a medium pot. Add the water and salt. Once boiling, cover, reduce heat and simmer until the water is fully absorbed. This can take 15 to 20 minutes. Allow the quinoa to cool and then add the berries and nuts. Enjoy this filling yet light meal for breakfast or lunch.