Sunday, October 7, 2012

Quinoa Like Pasta Gluten Free Recipe

I love the taste of fresh basil, olives, garlic and olive oil together... it's even better with "pasta".  Once in a blue moon I'll treat myself to the brown rice pasta version. There's also the yummy spagetti squash version.... lately I have been eating a little quinoa and feel fine. This version is, of course really delicious too.  Quinoa is a seed not a grain, and brown rice supposedly has no gluten in it (and the spagetti squash is a vegetable- no worries there), but for most people with a "gluten" intolerance it's beneficial to watch/limit their intake of "grain-like" foods too.  Brown rice, unfortunately has pretty much the same effect on me as gluten containing foods so find healthy alternatives.  Luckily, there are many options out there so keep playing around.

Quinoa is super easy to make.  The biggest challenge is thoroughly rinsing it.  Take your time and do this well.

- 1 cup quinoa rinsed well to 1.5 cups water- bring to boil
- Cover and simmer for 15 minutes- will be perfectly fluffy
- Finely chop olives, fresh basil, 1-2 garlic cloves (I use mini Cuisinart)
- Mix with Quinoa
- Add 2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil to taste

Protein rich, fresh, healthy, tasty ingredients and non-heated oils.  Perfect.  Enjoy!

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