There is nothing like cooking for friends and family in the fall!
When temperatures drop and the leaves turn an assortment of colours what is more comforting than seasonal fragrances wafting from the kitchen.
What are your seasonal favourites? One of ours is quinoa! Of course you can eat it any day, all day no matter the day of the year however there are some delicious ways of preparing it with fall flavours on the palate.
Before we get into the cooking ideas, let’s discuss this fabulous grain for a moment.
Firstly, it is delicious and nutritious!
It is a grain that is laden with nutrients; amino acids, iron, magnesium, copper, and phosphorus.
High in protein, quinoa is a great dish for vegetarians looking to supplement their diet. It can easily and nicely replace pasta or rice.
It is fast and easy to cook and tastes great with a variety of flavours.
Over the last ten years quinoa has increased drastically in popularity so it is now quite easy to find. You can purchase quinoa at just about any grocery store these days. It is often sold near the rice and other grains, such as couscous. It can also be found in bulk sections.
When you get it home be sure to store quinoa in a dry and cool location.
To cook, simply boil water (or broth or both) and add quinoa. Let it boil for around 15 minutes until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa appears to have sprouted (small spiral tail breaks off the grain). Then drain off any additional moisture and add pretty much any ingredient you want.
Some suggested ingredients for fall quinoa are the following:
- Toasted nuts; almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds
- Dried fruit; raisins and cranberries
- Yam (cubed and roasted)
- Breakfast quinoa with cinnamon and berries
Try out this recipe by www.thedailymeal.com/fall-quinoa-salad-sweet-potato-walnuts-and-raisins.
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Thank you and happy living from Docere Wellness Center in Calgary www.docerewellness.com