Quinoa Fried Rice

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I love cooking with quinoa because it is such a versatile grain. For more than 5000 years, quinoa has been the staple food of people of the Andes.

The tiny quinoa seeds are packed with important nutrients. A 1/2 cup serving provides about 2 mg of iron more than any unfortified grain product. It also contributes large amounts of several other essential minerals, including magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc as well as numerous B vitamins.

Most of the calories in a cup of cooked quinoa come from complex carbohydrates. It also provides protein which is of a higher quality than similar products.

Health Benefits

  • Provides nutrient boost to gluten-free diets
  • Helps protect against heart diseases as it’s a good source of saponins and phytochemicals
  • Helps regulate blood sugar and high blood pressure

Eating Tips

Use quinoa in place of all-purpose flour in muffin and cake recipes

Ingredients

1 cup quinoa

1 cup lentils

1 Onion

1 Tomato

Sweet Peppers

1 Green Pepper

Spices

curry powder

paprika

cayenne

salt to taste

Directions

Cook some quinoa with salt and water. It will be ready in about 15-20 minutes it will be nice and fluffy) Once ready, place on the side.

Also boil some lentils and add salt to them to taste. This should take about 20 minutes. Once ready, place on the side.

  1. Saute onions for 2 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. Add some tomatoes and let it simmer for 1-2 minutes
  3. Pour in the sweet peppers and green pepper
  4. Add in the spices and salt. let it cook for about 2 minutes
  5. Now fold in the quinoa and lastly add the lentils.

Serve as a side dish on its own or with a salad.

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