One of my favorite grains is quinoa, pronounced keen-wah.
If you have never had it, then I suggest that you put it on the menu.
What is Quinoa?
Although technically a seed, quinoa is commonly referred to and used most often as a grain.
One cup (cooked) quinoa contains eight grams of protein, nearly twice the amount found in other grains. Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it provides the body all nine essential amino acids.
There are many, many quinoa recipes, but one of my favorites is:
Quinoa with Basil and Pine Nuts
What you need:
1 cup quinoa
pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup of pine nuts
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 generous handful of fresh basil leaves, chopped
Place quinoa in a strainer and rinse well. Combine the quinoa with 2 cups of water and the salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
While the quinoa cooks, heat the pine nuts in a small dry skillet over medium heat. Toast until the nuts are just starting to turn golden, about 6 to 7 minutes, shaking the pan to prevent burning. Transfer to a serving bowl to cool.
Add the quinoa to the serving bowl with pine nuts and fluff with a fork. Add the olive oil and basil, stir to combine, and serve.
This is so yummy and really great if you grow your own basil and have an abundance.