Quinoa (Great alternative to rice)
Quinoa - known as the super grain of the future is an excellent substitute to rice, For all the gluten free lovers, it is A naturally gluten free food. Now days you don't have to feel bloated everyday eating white rice, there are so many other healthier options on the market, things like couscous, bulgar wheat, wild rice, brown rice mix and quinoa which are all often even tastier than rice itself when prepared properly. In todays day and age, you only eat white rice and feel bloated if you really want to because there are plenty of really good options.
Here is a great alternative for you to try, Goes great with everything just as rice would.
Servings: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
2 cup Quinoa
1/3 cup thinly diced olives
1 tomato diced
1/3 onion diced
1/4 cup diced parsley
salt, pepper to taste
Just as you would do with rice, since out your quinoa in a strainer and then place 3 cups of water, on Medium high heat boil that water adding a pinch of salt and olive oil to it. Once boiling add in your quinoa and reduce the heat to low, allow to cook for about 10 - 15 minutes or until your water is gone and the quinoa seeds are soft.
Set aside to cool, in a big bowl add in your cooled quinoa, and all of your diced ingredients (feel free to add to or take away from anything listed above. I've added other things to my quinoa before such as sliced turkey, diced chicken cubes, other vegetable etc. you can do the same) Add in a pinch of your salt and pepper and mix it all in with a wooden spoon until all evenly mixed together.
Serve just as you would rice, great with fish, beef and chicken dishes.
From my kitchen to yours