Quinoa Is A Must On Vegaleo

Quinoa {keen-wah} is one of the few grains that provide all the essential amino acids that allow for cellular repair in the body.  Just a brief run-down, everything has some trace of protein, and surprisingly, grains are typically high in protein, however, most grains do not provide all the amino acids required for our body to undergo cell repair(tissues, organs, muscle, etc).  Our body operates on a “All-or-None” principle, which means that our body cannot utilize the protein unless it contains all 21 amino acids required.  This being said, grains are typically lacking in certain essentials, so by itself, cannot repair cell damage.  If we add those grains to lets say a vegetable, or a nut, seed or legume, now what the grain was lacking, the vegetable or legume makes up and now our body can repair cell damage.  Pretty neat, huh?

So, Quinoa, is one of the few grains that actually carry all the essential amino acids that allow for repairing of our cells.  So next time you are at the store, pick up a bag, and much like rice, it cooks with double the water.  The great thing about Quinoa, is that there really isn’t a strong flavor to it, so it can take on the flavor of anything else you are making, while providing an awesome protein source!  Here is one of my favorites!

Spicy Kimchi Quinoa Bowl from simplyquinoa.com
Photo Courtesy of Simply Quinoa Recipe: Spicy Kimchi Quinoa Bowl
Author: Jess Baumgardner
Serves: 2
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • ½ tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1 cup kimchi, chopped
  • 2 tsp kimchi “juice” (the liquid from the jar)
  • 2 tsp gluten-free tamari
  • 1 tsp hot sauce (optional)
  • 2 cups kale, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup sliced green onions for garnish (optional)
  • Fresh ground pepper for garnish (optional)
  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic and saute for 30 – 60 seconds until fragrant. Add the quinoa and kimchi and cook until hot, about 2 – 3 minutes. Stir in kimchi juice, tamari and hot sauce if using. Turn to low and stir occasionally while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. In a separate skillet, cook the eggs on low until the whites have cooked through but the yolks are still runny, about 3 – 5 minutes.
  3. Steam the kale in a separate pot for 30 – 60 seconds until soft.
  4. Assemble the bowls, dividing the kimchi-quinoa mixture and kale evenly between two dishes. Top with green onions and fresh pepper if using.

2 thoughts on “Quinoa Is A Must On Vegaleo

    1. I think a lot has to do with the contributing flavors, since Quinoa doesn’t have much flavor of its own. Good luck, and thanks for the reply!

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