Le Quinoa Coco

I gave this quinoa a fancy name  just for irony because it is actually not fancy at all, it is extremely simple. I’ve found that quinoa can go one of  two ways – either someone cooks it like rice and it ends up a bland, earthy side dish you never try again or you kinda overdo it, add a whole lot of fun stuff and then you end up missing the taste, texture and flavor of this magical gluten-free grain. I love this recipe because it’s in the middle. The quinoa gets to shine but you can use it as a simple side dish or an easy lunch that makes fantastic leftovers.

The thing about the recipe is that it is also very healthy. Quinoa is a protein packed supergrain and the accouterments contain lycopene, essential fatty acids, and aminos. Plus, the secret ingredient to this quinoa is the coconut oil the latest food to be revealed as incredible beneficial to your health. The best part about the coconut oil is that it adds a certain level of flavor that makes this dish special. A jar of it is pricey but worth it because a little goes a long way.

Le Quinoa Coco

2 cups yellow quinoa

3 cups water

1 tblsp. Better Than Bouillon No Chicken Broth

1 pint cherry tomatoes

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (you can sub dried but reduce to 3 tblsp.)

2 tbsp. Bragg’s Amino Acids

2 tbsp. coconut oil

I found the important thing about making quinoa is that you boil it in broth to give it more flavor and compliment its natural earthy taste. When using Better Than Bouillon I usually bring the water to a boil, add the quinoa and then turn down the heat to a simmer.  The quinoa should simmer for 15 minutes or so covered. Then stir in the Better Than Bouillon, re-cover and simmer for another 5 minutes or until the grain has absorbed all of the liquid. While  your quinoa is simmering chop your parsley and slice the cherry tomatoes lengthwise. Add the coconut oil to the quinoa, stir thoroughly to coat the grain. Add the chopped parsley and tomatoes. Fold them into the quinoa. Finally add the Bragg’s Amino Acids, feel free to add or reduce the amount of this flavoring to your liking. Serve as a side dish or a heaping bowl as your meal. Great leftovers or working girl lunch. Et Voila!

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