Monday, August 13, 2012

A Seed of Knowledge...

Monday morning fact...Quinoa is a seed!  Interesting isn't it.  Besides being a seed, it is gluten free, cholesterol free, and it is the highest protein packed whole grain.  It is healthy and extremely delicious.  A great main course, side dish and quinoa can be used as a filling for tomatoes and peppers.  It cooks quickly and takes on the flavors you add to it.   With all of this new found knowledge add quinoa to your shopping list (it can be found in the aisle with the rice and usually comes in a small bag) this week and try out this recipe for starters.  Trust me you are going to love the taste and texture of this super seed!  Enjoy...

1/2 Bag Quinoa
Salt/ Pepper
3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (more if needed)
Zest of 1 Lemon
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
6-8 Basil Leaves (julienned)

Cook quinoa according to directions on the package
Remove from heat and season with salt/ pepper
Add olive oil
Mix gently
Stir in lemon zest and lemon juice
Gently stir in basil
Serve Warm

***It is a great compliment to grilled fish or chicken for a complete meal!

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