Posted by: 4whateveritsworth | July 12, 2011

Have You Ever Tried Quinoa?

Quinoa is one of those grains that remain a mystery to many. And yet the taste and nutritional benefits are hard to surpass. It is quite versatile, has a crunchy and nutty flavor, and is extremely high in protein and fiber. Read more about this nutritional wonder on the Whole Foods website.

When I first began incorporating quinoa in our meals many years ago, I had difficulty finding recipes that included the grain.  Recently, quinoa has appeared in a handful of newspaper articles, magazines and on cooking shows. While quinoa has generally been available in health food stores, it now often appears in the grocery store and even, my personal favorite, Trader Joe’s.

This quinoa soup recipe, from Whole Grains for Busy People, by Lorna Sass is delicious, nutritious and easy to prepare in about 15 minutes.

Soup, you say? It’s summertime! Well, my husband and son love eating this cold, too. It’s a terrific year-round soup.

If I had to suggest one change, it would be to add another 2 cups of broth to the soup. However, sometimes it is worth following the recipe exactly as written the first time; you can always make the change next time. My husband also thought it would make a nice side dish if we reduced the broth by 2 cups. I passed it along to a number of friends and so far they are all sharing our enthusiasm.

Quinoa Soup with Avocado and Corn
(my changes are noted in parentheses)
4 c. chicken broth or vegetable broth (lower sodium)
1 c. quinoa (rinsed)
1 c. frozen corn kernels (canned is fine)
1/3 c. chunky salsa, to taste
1 ripe but firm Hass avocado, diced
Salt (I omitted)
¼ c. chopped fresh cilantro
Lime wedges, for serving

In a large saucepan over high heat, bring broth to a boil. Stir in the quinoa, reduce heat to medium-high and continue boiling, uncovered for 15 minutes. Stir in the corn and salsa, and then return to a simmer. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the avocado. Season with salt and stir in the cilantro. Ladle into large bowls, accompanied with lime wedges. Serves four.

I will be making this one again soon. Let me know what you think.

Until my next post, 4 whatever it’s worth…..


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