Tuesday, January 29, 2008

It's not vicious or malicious - just deee-lovely and deee-licious.

Have you been introduced to our best friend, Quinoa?

No?

Well, here's a little information about Mr. Quinoa and why he is the best thing you will ever discover in your entire life.

from wikipedia's entry on quinoa:

Quinoa (Spanish quinua, quĂ­noa, or quinoa) is a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium) grown as a crop primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal as it is not a grass.
This shit is good, y'all. It is a fabulous rice substitute and it's most likely far better for you.
Quinoa was of great nutritional importance in pre-Columbian Andean civilizations, being secondary only to the potato, and followed in third place by maize (your people call it corn). In contemporary times this crop has come to be highly appreciated for its nutritional value, as its protein content is very high (12%–18%). Unlike wheat or rice (which are low in lysine), quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete food. This means it takes less quinoa protein to meet one's needs than wheat protein. It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten free and considered easy to digest. Because of all these characteristics, quinoa is being considered as a possible crop in NASA's Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long-duration manned spaceflights.
I eat this shit every damn day, and have for years. You can do almost anything with it - make deee-licious baked goods, make crusts for pies, et cetera. Here's what I did with it on Sunday:

You will need:
1 package Inca Red quinoa
Bragg Liquid Amino Acids (if you don't know what this is then I can no longer talk to you.)
Organic onion powder
Salt

2 medium apples
1 package Wildwood Aloha Baked Tofu (or any baked tofu that is not going to clash horribly with apples)
Roasted cashews, no salt

Follow the directions for the quinoa and then swirl in some Bragg, onion powder and salt to your own personal taste, y'all.

Chop them god damn apples up into little bitty pieces. Chop that tofu up into little bitty pieces. Do whatever you want with the cashews.

Mix all that shit together and you've got a divine treat that your body will thank you for. And you'll take some phat dumps.

You can do anything with this shit. The red has a different taste from the regular, but both are awesome and you should begin eating it immediately.

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