This morning for breakfast I decided to cook some quinoa! It has a 'nutty' taste and is a South American grain (pronounced keen-wa) thats low GI and relatively high in protein containing amino acid lysine, missing in most grains. This makes it an excellent inclusion in a vegetarian diet! Quinoa is also a good source of iron, potassium and B group vitamins.
To cook you simply put the quinoa in a saucepan with one part grain to two parts water. You bring this to the boil, then simmer until the grain becomes translucent or until the water is absorbed. This should take about 10-15 minutes. I cooked half a cup of quinoa this morning and it took about 5-10 minutes. I topped the quinoa with blueberries, strawberries, sultanas, cinnamon and even some maple syrup! I also had half an orange and a cup of green tea. A very healthy start to the week!