Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Scored with Quinoa

My eating lifestyle has been undergoing some refinement. Quinoa is one of the better foods I can eat as it is gluten-free and highest in protein of all the grains.

So today some unexpected money arrived in the mail and I was suddenly being prompted to go to Trader Joe's to buy some Quinoa. I had ran out of my supply, but the other day I showed up at Trader Joe's to buy some they were all out. So I felt a little reluctant today about my chances of finding any.

Well, Hallelujah! I found it, and it happened to be the very last one! I was so elated I could have danced right there in the store. When I told one of the clerks she said, "You seem like you just won the Lotto!"

I told her it felt like it because I grabbed the only one left on the shelf. This time it's a package of Organic Tricolor which I never have had. So today it was a triple surprise! :-)

I first learned how to cook Quinoa during a visit to Trader Joe's when they were sampling a salad made with it at their demo booth. I was told to bring one part Quinoa to two parts water to a boil and then steep for ten minutes before adding any ingredients. A vegan classmate told me she uses vegetable broth instead of water to give it more flavor. 

Then, I add chopped vegetables, olive oil and fresh-squeezed lemon with herbs. It's a yummy snack that can be eaten all day long.

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