Quinoa, can you pronounce it? I couldn’t, but its become part of our diet so I figured it would be good idea to pronounce it correctly when the boys asked what was on their plate, KEEn-wha is how it sounds.
What is Quinoa? It looks like a pasta, but it’s a seed and is related to spinach, chard and beets.
Quinoa is a complete protein, which means that it contains all the amino acids necessary for our nutritional needs. Complete proteins are rare in the plant world, making quinoa an excellent food for vegetarians and vegans, or for anyone looking for healthy protein source. It’s also high in iron and calcium, and is a good source of manganese, magnesium and copper, as well as fiber.
If you are looking for a delicious and healthy side to serve with fish or chicken, this is your dish, a superfood bonanza, loaded with uber healthy goodness. I preferred it as a salad by itself and I served it with sweet potato tortilla chips that I am addicted too.
- Ingredients (4 servings)
- 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, divided
- 1 large white onion, diced
- 1 cup dried mushrooms, reconstitute in hot water and dice
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup tomatoes, diced
- 2 small avocados, peeled and diced
- 2 tbsp lime juice (or more to taste)
- salt to taste
- Start by cooking quinoa on the stove-top. Add 1 cup dry quinoa (rinsed) to 1 3/4 cups of water, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until cooked.
- When finished add 1 tbsp coconut oil to the quinoa pot for extra flavor and nutrition.
- Meanwhile, dice the onions and mushrooms and cook over medium heat until lightly browned, and all moisture has cooked out of the mushrooms.
- Once the quinoa has finished cooking, add fluffed quinoa and black beans to the pan with mushrooms and onions, and stir to combine and heat through.
- Add 2 tbsp lime juice (or more to taste), and reduce heat to low.
- Stir in sliced cherry or grape tomatoes and avocado, and season to taste with salt.
- Serve with Tortilla Chips and a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt