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Mushroom Quinoa 
 
Aug. 17, 2011 9:26 pm 
Updated: Aug. 19, 2011 5:56 am
Quinoa ( Keen-Ow-wah )are bead-shaped seed with a slightly bitter flavour and firm texture are as close to a perfect ingredient as you can get !
Unlike wheat or rice, quinoa is a complete protein - containing all eight of the essential amino acids. It has been recognised by the United Nations as a super crop for its health benefits: packed with dietary fibre, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. It is also gluten-free and easy to digest. The Incas grew it high up in The Andes centuries ago and regarded them as the 'mother grain' .
Cooked Quinoa looks and tastes a bit like couscous and it's one of those foods to which you can add just about anything !

Cooking The Quinoa:
1 Cup Quinoa .
1 1/4 Cups Stock.
1/2 Cup White Wine.
4-6 Shallots ( chopped ).
4-5 Garlic Cloves ( Minced ).
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil.
Salt & Freshly Crushed Black Pepper.

Cooking The Mushrooms:
150-200 Grams Fresh Mushrooms ( Cleaned & Chopped Large ).
2 Shallots Chopped.
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar .
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

To Blend In At The End When Cooked :
4-5 Tablespoons Chopped Cilantro.
4 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese.

Prepare the mushrooms in advance . In olive oil over very high heat saute the onions , when translucent add the mushrooms and a little salt . Within 30 seconds or so the mushrooms will leave water .
At this stage strain the mushrooms , making sure you save the liquid which you now cook over high heat , reduce to almost 10 % , add the mushrooms . Stir fry 1 minute and set aside to use later .

Wash your Quinoa thoroughly and drain the water . In 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil smoke the freshly ground crushed pepper , and then add the shallots and garlic .
Cook over medium heat till shallots are translucent , then add the quinoa and saute for a minute till you get that wonderful nutty aroma . 
At this stage add the wine . Stir and cook covered for 2-3 minutes then add the stock . 
Bring to a boil , and cook covered for 20 minutes over low heat . At this stage the seed are cooked AL Dante . Now add the mushrooms , cheese and cilantro .

I hope you make and get to eat this healthy and delicious seed ' risotto ' soon too !
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Aug. 19, 2011 5:56 am
This looks SO YUMMY! We have pre-rinsed quinoa available in our area. Actually, that is the only kind of quinoa in our rural area...lol Hubby was unsure of it, but once he tried it he liked it. Think I'll be making this on Saturday- thanks!
 
 
 
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