Friday, October 21, 2011

Green Quinoa

Quinoa is one of my absolute favorite high protein grains to make. Not only is it a complete protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids, but it is high in fiber and a great source of iron. More importantly, it does not contain any saturated fat or cholesterol! Quinoa is super easy to make and is a very versatile grain. I tend to make a big batch at the beginning of the week and use it for all sorts of recipes; from breakfast to dinner!

Today I'm featuring one of Kaden's favorite ways to eat it and I'm sure your toddler will love it too! Quinoa with broccoli and avocado is a perfectly balanced lunch. Serve with a side of halved or quartered red grapes and I promise this will be a new go-to meal from now on!

2 cups water
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
5 frozen broccoli florets
1/4 avocado, mashed or chopped into little pieces
1/4 tsp Braggs liquid aminos (or low sodium soy sauce)

Bring 2 cups water to boil in a medium sized sauce pan. Add 1 cup quinoa. Bring back to a boil, lower heat to a simmer (low), cover pan with lid and cook for about 15 minutes (or until all water is absorbed). Allow to cool.

Put your frozen broccoli in a microwave safe dish and drizzle with 1 tsp water. Microwave for 1 minute. Drain water and finely chop cooked broccoli.

Add 1/2 cup cooked quinoa to your child's bowl and mix with broccoli and avocado. Add Braggs liquid aminos or soy sauce and combine well.

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