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Yup – it’s that strange looking word on your grocery store shelves!  Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa), is a very healthy option instead of sides like macaroni and cheese, white rice, or other prepared/processed side dishes.  It is a grain, but it is also high in protein.  When made right, it’s absolutely delicious too!!  No matter what you cook – it’s all about flavor!

My husband is pretty good about trying just about anything I make.  I was concerned that he wouldn’t like the Quinoa because it was healthy.  Fortunately, he really liked it and I’ve even made it for my in-laws and nieces and nephew and they also enjoyed it!  Yes, another successful healthy dish to add to our collection!!

I think a lot of people are apprehensive about trying this, but when it’s made right it is really delicious so I hope you’ll give it a try and enjoy it as well.


Quinoa

1 cup Quinoa
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. black pepper
Salt, to taste (keep in mind your chicken stock will be salty, so go easy on the salt if you feel you need to add it)

1)  Rinse the Quinoa in cold water using a strainer.  When the water is no longer cloudy, the Quinoa is ready to be cooked.
2)  In a medium saucepan, bring the white wine, chicken stock, and lemon juice to a boil.  Add the rinsed Quinoa and reduce the heat the medium allowing the liquid to simmer while the Quinoa absorbs the flavorful liquid.
3)  Add the onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and salt if needed, and mix well.
4)  Cook until all of the liquid has absorbed and the Quinoa is cooked through.  Stir occasionally so that the Quinoa doesn’t stick to the bottom of your saucepan.

Enjoy!

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