Quinoa Mania

Winter season has come, but why not add a bit of freshness and exoticism to all of those heavy Christmas meals? Have you ever heard of quinoa or ever tasted it? Its popularity continues to expand. “Quinoa mania” is upon us.

The little round seeds have become very popular worldwide over the past 6 years or so. Quinoa is definitely trending! People have become crazy for it. It can be found everywhere now. Many restaurants offer quinoa on their menus. The photo below is of a quinoa with curry dish that one of our ChefXchange chefs came up with on the fly in DC.

Quinoa Mania

Quinoa & Curry

Originally from South America–more precisely in the Andean region of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia–quinoa is a great source of protein. Though it is affiliated with the carbohydrate family, quinoa has a higher percentage of protein and is gluten-free, therefore, easy to digest. 

Here is a delightful quinoa recipe. It’s easy to follow and we concocted it especially for you. We think it would ideally accompany a nice chicken leg, but it is definitely sufficient on its own.

Quinoa Mania
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 onion
  2. 1 cup of quinoa
  3. 1 garlic clove
  4. 1 avocado
  5. almonds
  6. pine nuts
  7. feta cheese
  8. olive oil
  9. lemon
  10. stock cube
Instructions
  1. Chop the onion and glaze it in a pot
  2. As soon as it turns golden in color, add raw quinoa, and mix them together
  3. Pour in 2 glasses of water
  4. Add a bouillon (stock) cube and let it boil
  5. Once it starts boiling, lower the temperature and cover the pot for 12 to 15 min
  6. Cut one edge of the garlic clove, pour a tablespoon full of olive oil in the garlic, add salt and pepper and put it in aluminum foil in the oven for 20 min at 220°C
  7. Let the quinoa rest for 15 min in the fridge
  8. In the meantime, mash the avocado and mix it with the feta cheese
  9. Add the pressed garlic clove, and press half a lemon
  10. Roast some pine nuts and almonds and add them to the rest
  11. Garnish with zest of a lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper
Notes
  1. Putting the raw quinoa into the pan before adding any water will enhance its crispiness.
  2. Before taking out the garlic clove, ensure that it is soft and golden enough (a fork should easily go through each clove.
  3. Roasted pine nuts and almonds are more flavourful.
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Hmm… you can imagine how delicious it is already can’t you?

And if you want to try even more recipes then look at positive health wellness’s simple and quick recipes here.

For more meal ideas, reach out to our Chefs, they will be happy to share some of their talents with you!