Organic Quinoa

Organic Quinoa Grain

Quinoa itself is a healthy food choice but if you are concerned about the use of chemical fertilizers and herbicides then why not go Organic?

Although there is little evidence that organic food is much more nutritious or healthier than conventionally produced food, some people still prefer organically produced food just because of the many advantages and benefits that it has to offer.

Organic quinoa grain is a great replacement for rice as it is light and fluffy. It has that mild, somewhat nutty and earthy flavor (which is not a bad thing, really). This superfood is filled with protein, essential amino acids and fiber. It’s also a great source of phosphorous, magnesium and iron. No wonder the Incan Warriors valued the crop for the energy and stamina it provided them.

Organic Quinoa Seeds

Organic quinoa seeds can be eaten raw or sprouted. They make a great breakfast cereal, just add honey, cinnamon or your favorite berries and you have a scrumptious and healthy meal to start your day.

Did you know that quinoa sprouts are the fastest growing sprouts? They only need to be soaked for about half and hour and they will start to sprout within hours. I find them extra delicious when they are half sprouted (less than a day); I love to retain that crunchy texture and nutty flavor. The longer they grow, the softer they become.

Organic Quinoa Flour

As the name implies, organic quinoa flour is flour produced from quinoa. Our widespread exposure to the grain has led the rest of the world to come up with more quinoa-derived products such as the flour that is mainly used nowadays for baking. Why do baking enthusiasts love quinoa flour? Because it makes baked goodies moister and more delicious! It has that distinct pleasant and nutty taste.

Organic Quinoa flour can either be made from milled or unmilled grains. Some prefer using unmilled grains because of its course texture and the claim that it is much more nutritious while others want the milled grains to make smoother flour. The flavor is very mild with a hint of nuttiness.

Organic Quinoa Flakes

If you are getting tired of the usual oatmeal or wheat, why not try organic quinoa flakes? It tastes great, it’s a good source of fiber and it cooks in 5 minutes! Quinoa flakes are good on their own but you can always add your favorite sweetener (I personally like honey). You can also cook the flakes in apple juice or milk instead of water and let it simmer a little longer for more flavor. You can even add some quinoa flakes to your pancake, waffle, muffin, bread and cookie mixture for a nuttier twist.

Organic Quinoa Recipes

Quinoa is so versatile that you can add almost anything to it! Cooking it is not a problem either as it is extremely fast and easy. For basic quinoa recipe, just bring one part quinoa with two parts water or broth then bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer (covered) for 15 to 20 minutes. You can have this as a substitute for rice or bread. Serve it with your choice of seasonings and meat or vegetables.

Here are some delicious but simple Organic Quinoa Recipes:

Spanish Style Organic Quinoa

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup uncooked organic quinoa
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in the quinoa, onion, garlic, and green pepper. Cook and stir 5 to 10 minutes until the onion is tender, and the quinoa is lightly toasted. Stir in the tomato sauce and water, then season with the chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, and the liquid is absorbed. This will take about 30 minutes. Serve hot.

Warm Cinnamon Organic Quinoa

1 cup 2% low fat milk
1 cup water
1 cup organic quinoa,
2 cups fresh blackberries or blueberries
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
4 teaspoons organic agave nectar, such as Madhava brand

Combine milk, water and quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Turn off heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in blackberries or blueberries and cinnamon; transfer to four bowls and top with pecans. Drizzle 1 teaspoon agave nectar over each serving.

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