Thursday, March 24, 2011

In your bag this week you should have found spinach, micro greens and a bag of tri-colored quinoa. There are several different micro greens that you may have found. The darker green ones are pea shoots. The clover shaped greens are daikon, or Japanese radish. There are light green leaves that are Napa cabbage. If you aren't sure which description your greens fit, then try the fool-proof method of tasting them! The daikon greens taste slightly spicy, like a radish! The pea shoots taste like, well, peas! The napa cabbage shoots taste more like lettuce. Each share had a different mix of micro-greens this week, but don't worry you still have four more chances to try the others!

Now for that quinoa! Quinoa is a peruvian seed that is used like a grain. It has a very high fiber and protein content.That combined  with it's high level of minerals has it rightfully considered a super food. And fear not, it is gluten free! If you are new to quinoa here are the basic cooking directions. Rinse your quinoa in a fine mesh colander before cooking. Quinoa has a bitter coating that occurs naturally to protect it in the wild, but it rinses easily under cold water.
Put 2 cups of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Then add 1 cup rinsed quinoa and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Return to a boil, turn heat to low, cover, and let simmer 15 minutes. You will see a little white 'thread' appear on the quinoa when it is ready. This is the germ of the seed. Your quinoa is now ready to enhance all of your favorite dishes! You can add it to salads, soups, wraps, or eat it as you would rice. It is delicious no matter how you have it! You can also change the flavor by cooking it in your favorite chicken or vegetable broth instead of water. For a delicious change of pace try having your quinoa for breakfast.
                                              Maple Pecan Breakfast Quinoa
                                         2 Cups milk (low-fat, almond, or soy)
                                         1 Cup rinsed quinoa
                                         2 tsp vanilla 
                                         1/2 cups chopped pecans
                    Simply prepare the quinoa using the same directions as listed above. When done stir    
                    in vanilla and top with pecans. Drizzle maple syrup over the top and enjoy! 

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