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    Latin Quinoa

    Latin Quinoa. Photo by Rita~

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    45 mins

    15 mins

    30 mins

    FloridaNative's Note:

    Quinoa is a delicately flavored grain that was a staple in the ancient Incas' diet and is available in most natural-food stores and the natural-food section of most supermarkets. It can be bought pre-packaged or in bulk. Toasting the grain before cooking enhances the flavor and rinsing removes the bitter protective coating. Unlike wheat or rice (which are low in lysine), quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete protein source. This is my adjusted version of a recipe I found on EatingWell.com, from December 2005. It's a healthy, low-fat vegetarian dish with a nice mix of spice, textures, and flavors. Hot it up with some red pepper flakes if you prefer!

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    Ingredients:

    Serves: 8

    Yield:

    2/3 cup ...

    Units: US | Metric

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Toast quinoa in a large dry non-stick skillet over medium heat, stirring until it crackles and becomes aromatic, about 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer quinoa to a fine sieve and rinse thoroughly, until water runs clear.
    2. 2
      Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and red pepper and cook, stirring often, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add green chilies and garlic; cook, stirring for about 1 minute.
    4. 4
      Add chili powder and cumin; stir, cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
    5. 5
      Add the quinoa, black beans and broth; bring to a simmer. Add dried cilantro if using.
    6. 6
      Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cover and cook until the quinoa is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, 20 to 30 minutes.
    7. 7
      Add pumpkin seeds, scallions, fresh cilantro (if using), lime juice and salt to the quinoa; mix gently to fluff quinoa and serve.
    8. 8
      NOTE: I buy organic roasted pumpkin seeds pre-packaged at the grocery store. To toast pumpkin seeds, toast in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly for 3 to 5 minutes, or until fragrant and lightly browned. Remove immediately from pan and cool.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 11, 2012

      55

      I loved this! First time to try Quinoa, and I was pleasantly surprised. This is a meal in itself, and I devoured it! Thanks for sharing!

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    • on June 08, 2011

      Loved this low calorie, protein balanced, low sodium, high fiber dish. Not to forget this is so full of flavor. Loved the cumin, lime and cilantro. I did forget to roast the seeds but still was delish. Made for ZWT 20111. Thanks!

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    • on May 31, 2011

      55

      A very nice quinoa dish with lots of flavor! Thanks for sharing! ZWT7

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    Nutritional Facts for Latin Quinoa

    Serving Size: 1 (121 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 183.6
     
    Calories from Fat 42
    23%
    Total Fat 4.7 g
    7%
    Saturated Fat 0.6 g
    3%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 81.5 mg
    3%
    Total Carbohydrate 28.1 g
    9%
    Dietary Fiber 6.1 g
    24%
    Sugars 2.2 g
    8%
    Protein 8.5 g
    17%

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    low sodium vegetable broth

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