This Quinoa-Based Side Dish Packs in Eight Amino Acids
Whether you’re looking for a gluten-free food or want to add to your heart-healthy diet, this South American superfood is the total nutritional package. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a complete protein with all eight essential amino acids and a good source of iron and magnesium. The American Heart Association considers it a cornerstone of a heart-healthy diet. Here are some easy ways to add quinoa to your diet.
1 T olive oil
1 medium finely chopped onion
1/2 chopped red bell pepper
1 clove minced garlic
1 T pine nuts
2 cups quinoa, rinsed
4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1/4 cup chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot with a lid, heat oil and cook onions, red peppers and garlic over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add pine nuts and quinoa, and cook another 1 to 2 minutes.
Stir in broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until all broth is absorbed. Add salt sparingly and pepper to taste. Add parsley when done.