Things get a little crazy, when things get a little crazy and when things feel a little out of control in my neck of the woods, the simple act of making something familiar in the kitchen can bring everything back to normal. Today the simple act of washing and chopping, measuring and simmering made the hectic pace of the last few weeks slow down for one beautiful understated hour of Zen. Yes, today I turned eight cups of cooked Quinoa into a me moment.
Quinoa is one of my favorite foods. Not only for it's zappy name and nutty flavor, but for it's amazing versatility. Really, what other grain can be a breakfast food, a salad, soup, side dish and dessert? Not to mention main course. It has twice the fiber of pasta and brown rice, as much protein as milk, covers you in the magnesium department and has high amounts of amino acid lysine, which is important for muscle growth (psst... this also means it's a complete protein.) Yes, the Incan Empire had a lot going for them in the grain department 500 years ago and lucky for us, their super food is still available to us today.