Quinoa has become massively popular with those looking for a healthy non grain, wheat alternative. Perfect if you’re Gluten Free, or Paleo. Today’s post is a quick recipe that can be enjoyed on it’s own or a wonderful accompaniment to any dish – specifically my Paleo Yellow Curry. Let’s talk about Quinoa a little first.
What is Quinoa?
Pronounced Quin-o-a or Keen-wah it doesn’t really matter. Quinoa is damn good stuff. It’s not a grain in the traditional sense, more of an edible seed. Quinoa has been labelled a superfood because of it’s high Protein, magnesium, calcium and iron. Rightly so, The Incas held the seed crop to be sacred.
Is Quinoa Paleo?
Commonly Quinoa is labelled as a grain, actually this is incorrect which often leads people to ask: Is Quinoa Paleo? Yes it is. It’s a seed. Paleo foods are based on what humans could hunt and gather including seeds. More information can be found about what is Paleo food here. If you’re considering “Going Paleo”, have a look at these Paleo FAQs.
For the time being enjoy Quinoa as it’s grain free, wheat free and of course dairy free so it ticks the Paleo box.
Paleo Recipe: Quinoa with Roasted Peppers
Personally I’d say Quinoa doesn’t taste great on it’s own so let’s spouse it up!
- Good size bunch of fresh coriander
- 1 red pepper
- 1 yellow pepper
- 1 orange pepper
- 1/2 green pepper
- 1/2 red onion
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1/2 tsp Coconut oil
- Place the quinoa in water and start to cook.
- Finely chop the onion and garlic, gently sauté in coconut oil until brown. Set aside.
- Chop the peppers and roast these in the oven, or you could sauté them in a pan. We want these to be slowly cooked so they are browned nicely.
- Roughly but gently chop the coriander.
- Once the quinoa has soaked up 99% of the water in the pan, add the above ingredients.
- Mix together but keep it on the heat.
- Cook for a further 2-3 minutes, moving to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- The result should be a slightly stodgy mixture.