Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Recipe of the Day

Get Healthier Carbs in This Quick Quinoa Dish

Quinoa may have an odd name (it's pronounced KEEN-wah, by the way), but it is an excellent whole grain to experiment with in your recipes. It packs a powerful nutritional punch because it has protein and fiber to keep you satisfied and improve your overall health. The grain has a fluffy texture and nutty taste that you will grow to love. Mix it with mushrooms, avocado, tomatoes, and green onion, and you've got a meal full of powerful nutrients.

Quinoa and Mushrooms


1/4 cup dry quinoa
2 teaspoons olive oil
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 avocado, sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon lime juice
4 ounces green chili peppers
8 1/2 ounces frozen artichoke hearts, thawed


Cook quinoa according to package directions.

Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Cook until mushrooms are tender.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in mushrooms and quinoa.

Makes 2 servings.