Have you met quinoa?

I have recently started cooking quinoa, have you tried it? It's delicious, easy to prepare and super good for you. Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks says of quinoa High in easy-to-digest fiber and tops in protein, it has an encyclopedic vitamin and mineral profile and is positively brimming with properties thought to promote cardiovascular health, stave of certain cancers, tame headaches and migraines, provide antioxidant protection, and on and on... Because the protein in quinoa is considered complete, it's an ideal grain for vegetarians concerned about getting enough protein. It includes all of the essential amino acids and is a rich source of the amino acid lysine, which promotes tissue growth and repair and supports the immune system.

It's such a quick and easy dinner option because it works with tons of different mix-ins. You can basically use whatever you have on hand. I've made it super simple by just mixing in some salt, pepper and parmesan and I've also made some more complicated versions with oven roasted vegetables, chicken sausages and even bacon. You must add this to your dinner plans ASAP. Here's the veggie version I made last week.

Very Veggie Quinoa: Toss whatever veggies you have on hand in some olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast them at 400 until they are good and cooked. I did cherry tomatoes, asparagus and whole garlic bulbs so it was about 25 minutes.

While the veggies roast prepare the quinoa. -Rinse one cup quinoa with water -Add cup of quinoa to two cups of water (or broth). Season with salt and pepper. -Bring water to a boil. -Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cover pot. -Simmer for 10-15 minutes, until all liquid is absorbed. -Mix in some fresh spinach which will wilt quickly because of the heat. -Mix in your oven roasted veggies -Mix in some parmesan cheese.

P.s. This is also pretty good cold. But seriously, start cooking this soon because the possibilities are endless and once you're comfortable you can really start getting creative and fun.