Quinoa is a fast-cooking whole grain native to South America. It is an excellent source of nutrition, containing magnesium, B vitamins, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and is high in protein. Quinoa has a fluffy, slightly crunchy texture and a nutty flavor when cooked.
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
5 crimini mushrooms, wiped clean and sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced
1/2 teaspoon plain sea salt
1 cup quinoa, rinsed well and drained
2 cups water
optional: 1/4 cup dried raisins or cranberries
Saute onions in olive oil on medium heat until onions start to soften. Add mushrooms and cook for a couple of minutes. Add sage and sea salt. Cook for two minutes longer. Add quinoa, raisins or cranberries (optional), and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for fifteen minutes, or until water is absorbed. Fluff quinoa with a fork and serve.
Kid-Friendly Option: For picky eaters, try the quinoa plain. Add 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water. Bring to a boil. Salt to taste. Simmer for 15 minutes and serve.