Quinoa, The Super Food
Have you noticed that quinoa has become the hot food to eat lately? That is right, people have finally discovered this amazing grain like dish (quinoa is actually a seed not a grain, but has grain like properties).
There are so many health benefits to this superfood and it is packed with protein, making this a great alternative to other carb heavy side dishes.
Today I want to share with you one of my favorite ways to prepare this delicious protein rich power foods!
Does Quinoa Need To Be Soaked?
If you have prepared quinoa before, then this method of preparation I am about to show you might be a little different. I am soaking my quinoa for better digestion. Is this necessary?
For me it is. I have a hard time digesting grains unless they are soaked. I am not an expert by all means on this and have learned a lot from The Nourishing Gourmet, a wonderful site and where I learned how to properly soak quinoa.
I am going to include a few articles posted by The Nourishing Gourmet to help you better understand why it might be right for you to start soaking your grains.
- What’s the fuss about “soaking” grains? Explanation and research shared
- Nourishing Practice: Soaking Grains (Part 1)
- Soaking Grains (Part 2)
These 3 articles should give you some great insight to allow you to make an informed decision on whether or not soaking is right for you.
Either way, this recipe can be made with or without soaking. I hope you enjoy this warm breakfast porridge as much as we do! Enjoy!
- 1 cup quiona
- 1 tbsp acidic medium (lemon juice, whey, apple cider vinegar, yogurt, kefir)
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 tsp unrefined sea salt
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 oz finely chopped pecans
- 2 tbsp grass fed butter
- drizzle of maple syrup
- Soak 1 cup quinoa in 1 cup water and 1 tbsp of acidic medium of choice. Soak 12-24 hours. If soaking for more then 12 hours, you might want to replace the water and acidic medium after 12 hours.
- After soaking is complete, rinse quinoa very well. If you don't rinse well enough, it could become bitter so rinse very well.
- Add the rinsed quinoa to a medium saucepan, add another cup of filtered water and 1/2 tsp unrefined sea salt.
- Over high heat bring the quinoa to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat to low, cover dish and cook for 15 minutes.
- After cooking time is done, stir in butter, cinnamon and crushed pecans. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes.
- To serve place in a small bowl and drizzle with some maple syrup.