For a diet rich in whole grain and variety, try adding quinoa to your menu. Quinoa, pronounced keen-wah, is often referred to as the mother of all grains since it sustained the people of the Andes Mountains for more than 5,000 years. Quinoa is a complete protein supplying all eight of the essential amino acids and is a good source of fiber, folate, magnesium, iron, phosphorous and many phytochemicals. Quinoa can help with heart disease, diabetes and cancer prevention.
Quinoa is a corn based grain and therefore those with celiac disease who have to adhere to a gluten free diet can enjoy it. Quinoa has a mild, nutty flavor, a fluffy texture similar to couscous and it can be used in place of rice, pasta or other grains. Serve quinoa for breakfast in place of hot cereal, as a salad or a side dish. One cup provides five grams of fiber and contains over 200 calories.
Quinoa Stir Fry
2 cups quinoa cooked in 4 cups water
2-3 stalks broccoli chopped
1 cup snow peas
3 spring onions, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 Tablespoon grated ginger
2-3 Tablespoons sesame oil
20-24 steamed shrimp
Stir fry veggies in 2-3 Tablespoons sesame oil til tender. Add 1 Tablespoon maple syrup after veggies are done. Add 20-24 steamed shrimp and stir in, if desired. Add soy sauce to taste.