Called the “vegetarian caviar,” quinoa is a mild yet flavorful, gluten-free seed that is a complete protein. Of South American origin, quinoa is delicious as a pudding, hot cereal, in salads, side dishes, and when served like rice.
The Green Glossary: Quinoa
Related to buckwheat and amaranth, quinoa is a round seed the size of a sesame seed. Increasingly popular because it is high in complete protein, quinoa has a quick cooking time and mild flavor.
Cooking Tip: Wash carefully before cooking to remove saponin coating, which can be bitter. Rinse and drain five times or more.
Storage Tip: Quinoa has a very short shelf life due to its oil content. Buy a small amount at at a time, or freeze to preserve freshness.
1 cup Eden Organic Quinoa, rinsed and drained
2 cups water
1/8 teaspoon Eden Sea Salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 cups EdenBlend++
1/3 cup currants
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
1/3 cup dry roasted pecans or almonds, chopped
Place the quinoa, water, sea salt and cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the flame and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the EdenBlend and maple syrup. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Turn off the flame and mix in the currants and vanilla. Cover and let sit for 15 minutes to thicken. Place in serving bowls and garnish with the chopped nuts.
Preparation Time: 0:45
Per serving: 258 Calories; 4g Fat (13% calories from fat); 7g Protein; 49g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 75mg Sodium
++EdenBlend is made from a unique blend of organic brown rice amazake, a sweet fermented rice beverage and our soymilk. It is low in fat, cholesterol free, and GEO free. It can be used like any of our varieties in recipes to replace dairy milk.