Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Whole Grain Wednesdays-Teriyaki Quinoa

Happy Wednesday! :)  Have you tried quinoa yet?  If not, why not? 

I have shared quite a few quinoa recipes on this blog.  Quinoa is a delicious whole grain that has become quite easy to find.  In fact, quinoa can be purchased in most grocery stores now, so a special trip to the health food store is not required.  I like quinoa because it is a good source of protein and is packed with so many other nutrients.

I tried this recipe out on my family and they all loved it.  It is a great side dish to serve instead of rice if you are making a stir-fry!

Teriyaki Quinoa
1 cup dry quinoa
2 cups water
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated (or substitute 1/2 teaspoon dried)
3 Tablespoons low-sodium tamari  (or other soy sauce)
2 Tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons sesame oil

Rinse the quinoa in a strainer under cold water for about 2 minutes to remove the bitter coating.  Place the quinoa in a small saucepan and add the water.  Stir in the garlic.  Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer.  Cook, covered for 10-15 minutes or until the water is all absorbed and the quinoa is tender.  Take the pan off the heat and stir in the rest of the ingredients.  Cover and let sit for about 5 minutes.  Remove the cover and stir.

Crediting information:
Makes 12 servings.  Each serving creditable for 1 bread/bread alternate at any meal or snack for 3-5 year old children. 

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