Quinoa isn’t a common used grain (actually a seed…), but it can be quite tasty and a good switch from the standard rice blend.
Per Buzzle.com: “Quiona is high in protein and includes all the nine essential amino acids supplements. It is the choice of grains for vegans, as it helps them take in the adequate amount of proteins, required in a healthy diet. It contains lysine, an amino acid that is very important for the growth of tissues and repair mechanism. It is an excellent source of magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorous and even manganese. It has slow releasing, high level of carbohydrates, that give the stomach a full feeling for a long time. Thus, making it good for people who are watching their weight and need to maintain adequate blood sugar levels.”
I cooked my quinoa in chicken broth to give it a rich flavor, and simply mixed it with a sauté of vegetables including yellow & red pepper, lima beans, zucchini, greens, garlic and onion.
I really enjoyed the color and flavor blend; it was such a healthy meal! It was absolutely hardy enough to be a meal in itself, but would also serve as a great side dish.