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Pina Colada Quinoa

This makes a right tasty breakfast. I don’t have exact measurements but I think it should go something like this:

1 cup quinoa, cooked
1/3 cup coconut milk*
1/3 cup crushed pineapple
1 tablespoon flaked coconut (optional)
1-2 teaspoons sugar (or your favorite sweetener)

Heat it up and eat it! Here you have protein, fruit, fiber, and pleasant eating.

* Some varieties of coconut milk contain added sugar or other ingredients. I use unsweetened, and not the lite version.


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Quinoa and Spinach Soup

My friend Kris posted a great recipe in her blog. It offers a lot of what I love in this world: ease of assembly, spinach, red onions, and quinoa. I made a double batch of it tonight–yes, double, even though it was the first time I tried it, because I just had a hunch it was going to be a good one. And it is. And you have to try it, too. Thanks, Kris–this one’s a winner!

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The glory of quinoa

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a South American seed. It is high in protein (about 20%) and is also a complete protein. A serving (1/4 cup) contains seven grams of protein. It is gluten-free. It is easy to prepare and tastes great, with a pleasant mild nutty flavor. The texture is wonderful.

There are plenty of quinoa recipes to be found, but I’ve mostly been using it in place of rice. I like to add it to soups and stews. I also eat it for breakfast pretty frequently. It’s tasty just with the addition of a little maple syrup. I’ve been very quinoa-happy during the current lenten season (which is, unbelievably, almost at an end) and foresee eating lots more over the years.

If you haven’t discovered quinoa, you really should give it a try!

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