Quinoa, get your grains!


Quinoa is similar to the grain amaranth ( native to Mexico).  Quinoa is traditionally grown in South America, but has recently begun to be cultivated in the Rocky mountains of Colorado. It thrives in thin air, low rainfall, and high altitudes.

Having 16 percent protein , it surpasses other grains in quantity and quality of protein with substantial amounts of all the amino acids.  It is rich in the minerals,particularly calcium, phosphorus , and iron.  It also provides a wide-range of B-Complex vitamins as well as Vitamin E.  Quinoa is mild and distinctively nutty; it’s texture is very light and fluffy. It has a quick cooking time.

Quinoa and Summer Squash Saute

Yield: 4  to 6 servings

1 Tablespoon safflower oil

1 cup Quinoa

2 cups water or vegetable stock

2 TBSP olive oil

1 medium onion ,chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 medium zucchini (about 1 and 1/2 pounds) or 

1 zucchini and 1 medium pattypan squash, sliced into bite sized pieces

6 large or 10 medium mushrooms sliced

1 or 2 green chilies , seeded and minced

2 to 3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro or fresh parsley

1 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp ground cumin

salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Heat the safflower oil in a large heavy skillet.

Toast the Quinoa until it is lightly browned and aromatic about 5 minutes.

In the meantime, bring the water or stock to boil in a heavy saucepan.  Stir in the quinoa and cook as directed on  the package. 

Heat the olive oil in the same heavy skillet. 

Add the onion and garlic and saute over moderate heat until it is translucent.

Add the squashes , mushrooms, and chilies, and stir-fry until the squashes are touched with golden spots ( hmm, ,I use the green zucchini’s and have yet to see golden spots?) 

Stir in the cooked quinoa , along with the seasonings.   Cook over very low heat , stirring frequently, for 8-10 minutes.  Serve at once. 


The Whole Food Catalog , A complete guide to Natural Foods

By: Nava Atlas

P.S. This is a great resource book that someone donated , and my mom thought I would like it and I do.

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