Day 92 | Friday, 19 June 2020 From the Church Mouse
What is quinoa?
In case you have not encountered quinoa yet, it is a pseudo cereal that grows near the Andes in South America. Pseudo cereal means that it is grain-like, but it's technically not a grass like wheat. Quinoa is pronounced KEEN-wah.
Quinoa is very nutritious—it is full of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, including manganese, magnesium and folate. Quinoa’s health benefits are really too long to list here, but the key point is that quinoa is remarkably dense in nutrients, and worth including in your diet. You can buy quinoa in most grocery stores these days, usually in the health section or near the rice. You can also buy Quinoa online at Amazon.
Here's the trick for perfectly fluffy quinoa: Use twice as much water as quinoa, as usual, then cook uncovered until the quinoa has absorbed all the water. The cooking time will vary based on quantity.
Once the water is all absorbed, remove the pot from heat, cover it and let the quinoa steam for 5 minutes. That's when the quinoa pops open into fluffy quinoa perfection, and that is how to cook quinoa properly.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Stir a drizzle of olive oil and clove of garlic into warm quinoa for extra flavor. Other options include chopped fresh spinach or arugula, or massaged kale. Fresh herbs and/or dried spices are nice, as well as grated or crumbled cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, pitted and sliced olives, etc.
STORAGE SUGGESTIONS: Leftover quinoa keeps well, refrigerated, for 4 to 5 days. Make sure it has cooled to room temperature before covering and chilling.
Favorite Quinoa Salad
Lord give us patience as we readjust our way of living. Help us to keep in balance and to be prepared. Surround us with your grace and peace. Lord, hear our prayers. Amen
Today: food for your soul.