Quinoa is the common name for Chenopodium quinoa, a flowering plant in the amaranth family Amaranthaceae. It has become popular with those eaters who choose to avoid a food group due to real or imagined health benefits. Due to that popularity among people seeking food that is similar in appearance to grain foods, without being a grain, its rise in popularity as a so called health food. Well, all foods eaten as a part of a nutritionally balanced diet are health-even grains. So, don't be disturbed if you have reached your senior years and have never cooked or eaten Quinoa, your health hasn't suffered as a result. Most grain allergies are imagined. Whole grains are nutrition for most of us. What most people have never understood is that we begin the digestion of carbohydrate in our mouth.
You might not have an allergy to grain crop food. You might simply be gulping our cereals, rather than by chewing them thoroughly before swallowing-which then prevents the proper digestion of that food. You start the digestion of the carbohydrate in your mouth through the pulverizing of it into fine particles and mixing it with saliva, which efficiently begins the digestion before it reaches your stomach-already part digested—no more digestion problems.
Well, for people who want to be able to gulp their food down, or who want to try the non-drain origins, grain substitute-food have Quinoa. But great new health food that's superior to all that went before, it isn't. It's just another source of carbohydrate in our diet.
Cost wise, I can purchase a three-kilo bag of brown rice a lot cheaper than I can buy quinoa. So, I will eat brown rice farmer often that I'll use the quinoa. Quinoa is closely related to spinach, which I can grow easily in my garden. Adding a sprig of spinach to the brown rice will closely duplicate all of the nutrition in quinoa, at a fraction of the cost.
Quinoa, roast vegetable salad with feta cheese
Quinoa Salad with Roasted Corn, Black Beans & Feta
1g Olive Oil Spray
1/3 Cups Quinoa or blown rice
Vegetables in season.
1 halved and thinly sliced zucchini
100g Canned Black Beans, rinsed & drained
1/4 Cups Fresh Coriander
1 tin of drained corn kernels - if using fresh corn, roast it with the other vegetables.
1 Tablespoons Lime Juice
1 Teaspoons Olive Oil
40g Low Fat Feta, crumbled
Baby spinach or lettuce
Preheat oven to 180°C and oil a baking tray.
Place tomatoes and zucchini on tray.
Spray or sprinkle with extra virgin olive oil and freshly ground black pepper.
Roast for 10 minutes, or until just softened.
Set aside to cool.
Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve under cold running water. Cook in a large saucepan of boiling water for 12 minutes or until just tender, or cook in your rice cooker in a similar way to cooking blown rice. Drain.
Combine all of the ingredients when cool, and serve.
I did my end of 12 weeks fitness test today and am thrilled with the results.
Kathy's Fitness Tests results for 12 weeks. 1st March till 21st May 2010
1km Time Trial
1st March 2010 8 minutes 54 seconds = beginner
21st May 2010 7 minutes 30 seconds = Intermediate.
Upper Body strength measure
1st March 2010 15 per minute = Beginner
21st May 2010 35 per minute = Advanced.
Lower Body Strength Test
1st March 2010 0 not able to do this = beginner
21st May 2010 1 minutes = Intermediate.
Sit and Reach Test
1st March 2010 -14cm = Beginner
21st May 2010 -3cm = Intermediate.
Abdominal Strength Test
Stage 1: Wrists to kneecaps Sit Up
Stage 2: Arms folded across your chest. Full sit up, Elbows to thighs
1st March 2010 -Level 1 = beginner
21st May 2010 - Level 2 = Intermediate.