Recipe with Quinoa

Quinoa grain

We are going to make this recipe with quinoa with curry and zucchini. It is easy to make and very tasty. This is a great side dish or a light main meal.

This recipe is vegan and is loaded in nutrients. You could easily substitute the zucchini for green beans, asparagus, summer squash, broccoli or cauliflower. They will all work beautifully as well.

It is very important that you rinse your quinoa thoroughly as it contains saponins which can make it very bitter. You can also rinse it a couple of times and soak it for a good 15 minutes. This will take care of it. Most packaged quinoa that is sold in the US has already been treated and does not require this. However, since it is not easy to figure this out it doesn’t hurt to just do it.

Quinoa is an Andean grain that is packed in nutrients. It is considered a super food as it is packed with protein – it contains the 9 essential amino acids required by the body, magnesium and fiber. Having grown up in Bolivia we often had quinoa which is now more and more available in US grocery stores. You will find it, for sure, at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.

Here is what you are going to need for this exquisite recipe with quinoa:

Serves eight
2 cups quinoa
5 cups chopped zucchini
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon curry powder
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 ½ cups vegetable stock
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper
Water as needed

1. Wash the quinoa very well, scrubbing it between your hands and rinsing often
until water comes out clear.
2. Place quinoa in a fine sieve colander and allow the water to drain well.
3. Heat a skillet over high heat until very hot. Add the quinoa and toast, stirring
constantly, until quinoa turns golden and starts crackling, about 10 to 15 minutes.
4. Bring the vegetable stock to a boil in a separate pot.
5. Add the toasted quinoa and the nutmeg. Season with salt & pepper and cover.
Reduce heat and allow steaming for approximately 20 minutes.
6. While the quinoa is cooking, heat a skillet and add olive oil.
7. Add the zucchini and the garlic and cook, stirring often until zucchini is browned.
8. Add the curry and mix well.
9. Check your quinoa and add a little water if needed to continue cooking.
10. Place the cooked zucchini on top of the quinoa, without stirring and allow quinoa
to finish cooking.
11. Mix the cooked quinoa with the zucchini and serve.

CALORIES 178.56; FAT 4.47 grs (sat 0.59; mono 1.96; poly 1.61); PROTEIN 6.47 grs ; FIBER 3.45 grs; CARBS 28.53 grs; CHOLESTEROL 0.00 mg; IRON 2.30 mg; SODIUM 295.98 mg; CALCIUM 31.06 mg

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My name is Mary Ann Allen and I am here to help you get organized so you can save money on groceries and feed your family healthy, nutritious food. My multi-cultural cooking background comes from being born in the US and raised in Bolivia. I have 5 kids and own around 400 cook books. I absolutely love to cook!

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