Saturday, 7 January 2012

Queen of the "Grains"

Christmas and New Years are always full of treats. If it's possible, and I am saying if, the holidays may have too many treats...

And every single January I always tell myself that I need to eat a little healthier than usual. At least for the first month of the year. 

So it's time to break out the queen of the "grains"and discover just what I can try to whip up. 

Quinoa may look like a cousin grain of cous cous, but it's actually a relative of spinach and swiss chard. It's very high in protein and includes all nine essential amino acids. It's great for building and repairing tissue, helping with migraines, diabetes, and couldn't be better for your heart. 

Keep reading for my sesame infused Quinoa recipe and you'll have no excuse not to eat healthy :)

Sesame Quinoa 

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water or chicken broth
3 tablespoons tahini 
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 pinch salt and pepper

1. Boil water or broth and add quinoa. Reduce liquid to a simmer, cover, and cook about 15 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. You will know the quinoa is done when you can see a white ring around the edge. 

2. Add tahini, lemon juice, salt and pepper and stir until tahini is well combined. 

3. Drizzle with sesame oil right before serving. Enjoy!

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