Quinoa with Tomato & Basil

Do you know quinoa? It’s a grain from South America that is becoming popular in the US. It can be used in place of rice or couscous for added protein. In fact, it contains all nine essential amino acids which makes it a complete protein. It cooks quickly, usually in 10-15 minutes and has a mild, slightly nutty flavor. Quinoa can be seasoned simply with olive oil or butter and salt, or mixed with a variety of vegetables and herbs for fun flavors.

The photo at left is a quinoa dish my mom prepared for us when I was visiting. She made it as a side for some beautiful grilled salmon. She cooked it in water until tender, then added chopped fresh tomato and basil, and seasoned lightly with salt. It was simple and tasty!

If you haven’t tried quinoa yet, go for it! Quinoa is available at many grocery stores, Target and Costco. For more recipe ideas check out the Top 20 most popular recipes for quinoa on allrecipes.com.

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