Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Super Grain of the Future*

When retooling one's eating habits it is vital to seek out a variety of satisfying foods that pack a nutritional punch as well as taste delicious. I'm always up for something new so I was excited to try some of the alternative grain products that my mother had sent me in a care package.

I had never tried quinoa before and it turns out that it is very nutritious, loaded with fiber, good for the cardiovascular system and makes one lovely cold morning breakfast. I can't stress enough the importance of eating a satisfying and healthy breakfast. I wouldn't have lasted one day without making sure my belly is full early in the day. I followed the basic cooking directions on the package as a guideline but then took it from there.

Hot Fruit n' Nut Quinoa
makes one breakfast serving
1/4 cup quinoa
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
1/4 cup mixed dried fruit and raw nuts, chopped (I use the omega trex mix from Trader Joe's)
generous teaspoon of raw honey
pat of light butter

Rinse quinoa in water and put in saucepan with almond breeze. Bring to boil, turn down heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in dried fruit and nuts, cover and simmer until all liquid is absorbed and grains are tender. Stir in pat of butter and honey and serve warm.

I look forward to investigating more applications for this lovely grain.

*what the Quinoa corporation calls this grain

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