Quinoa…..Quin-What? (Keen-What)

Quin-Wow!!

Quinoa, pronounced, “Keen-wa”, oughta be called QuinWow!!

Though classified as a grain, Quinoa is really a seed packed with some serious POWER!!

For starters it is a COMPLETE Protein source, meaning that it contains all 9 essential amino acids! Quinoa contains a high level of the amino acid Lysine, offering the key function of tissue growth and repair – a critical factor in the Body Building process!

Quinoa Closeup (w/ Diced Grilled Chicken)

Go to the following link to discover more of the benefits this “Gold of the Incas” has to offer:  http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.phpdbid=142&tname=foodspice#healthbenefits

QuinWow Salad & Mini Pepper Appetizer

Early in the process of my Trainer determining my “Fuel Plan”, I sent him the nutritional facts for Quinoa to see if it could be included in the carbohydrate category. Thankfully the answer was a resounding “YES!”

While I enjoy Quinoa as a stand alone side dish (both hot and cold), I recently mixed it up a bit to add both taste and texture to yet another amazing salad and a super festive appetizer option! Check’em out…..

QuinWoW! Salad

The Groceries:

6 Oz Grilled Chicken

3 Oz Cooked Quinoa

Romaine Lettuce (or Mixed Greens)

Mini Bell Peppers

Pickled Okra (Hot is my preferred, but comes in mild)

Salsa

The Mix:

Okay, Grill your chicken and season it as you like. I used a Southwest seasoning to spice it up!

Follow the directions on the Quinoa package and cook accordingly. Basically, two parts H2O to one part Quinoa. 1 cup of Quinoa makes several 3 oz servings. It’s great to have the extra already prepared for  future feedings. ;o)

NOTE: Store your package of Quinoa in the freezer. I read that this is really what should be done for all grain / seed / nut items. It will prevent them from going rancid in your cupboard.

I dice up the grilled chicken, blend it with the Quinoa then pour it on top of the lettuce and mini bell peppers and garnish with the pickled okra & salsa. Squeezin’ a little fresh lime juice on it adds a nice fresh citrus flavor.

Mini Pepper Appetizer

This is the prettiest little finger food I ever did see! Use all the same ingredients for the salad described above, just stuff the mini peppers with’em!!

The Assembly

Half and de-seed the mini peppers. Then place a small piece of lettuce in the pepper half, next add the grilled chicken & quinoa mixture, top with a dollop of salsa & a slice of pickled okra and squeeze a little lime if you like. If you’re not a fan of pickled okra (don’t knock it if you ain’t evah tried it!), garnish with a sprig of cilantro to make it FANCY!

The mini pepper functions as the carrier of all the GOODNESS!

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One Response to “Quinoa…..Quin-What? (Keen-What)”

  1. I love your presentation with the pepper pinwheel. You did that with another salad and I thought it was cool.

    I totally ❤ quinoa too. I am a fan of the quinoa pasta. It's obviously more processed than straight-up quinoa, but I think it's the best gluten-free pasta alternative.

    Yum!

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