Here's why: Quinoa is a complete protein and contains complex carbohydrates, so it will digest gradually and keep you felling full. It is gluten-free, tasty and cooks in less than 15 minutes.
Quinoa is so versatile that you can use it in everything from hot cereal to hot soups to cold salads to cookies and muffins. It is high in fiber, folate, iron, magnesium and manganese. With all of these health benefits, you may wonder why you haven't tried it yet! Well, here's your chance.
I took a basic chicken soup recipe and used quinoa instead of noodles or rice (using quinoa in place of rice is a very easy way to start using it). While I created this recipe myself, I was inspired by reading through various soup recipes in Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood by Patricia Green, who also wrote Quinoa Revolution. I highly recommend both of those books to learn everything you ever wanted to know about quinoa. To your health!
Chicken Soup with Quinoa1 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 tsp. minced garlic
8 cups chicken broth
1 cup diced potatoes
1/3 cup dry (uncooked) quinoa
1/2 tsp. dill weed
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. dried basil
2 cups diced cooked chicken
salt and pepper to taste
Saute first four ingredients in a tablespoon of olive oil for 5 to 10 minutes, until they begin to soften.
Add broth, potatoes, quinoa and chicken. Simmer for 15 minutes, until potatoes and quinoa are cooked.
Season with dill weed, parsley, basil, and salt and pepper. Simmer an additional 10 minutes or so.
This Chicken Soup with Quinoa is a very easy way to start using quinoa in your cooking. Read one of the books about quinoa listed above, and you may find yourself using it in everything from breakfast to dinner!
Quinoa is becoming quite common in grocery stores, but if it's not in your area, just order it online.
Have you ever tried quinoa? What is your favorite way to use it? Share below!