Quinoa with Zuchinni and Olives
Quinoa is my favorite grain, not only does it have a mild and delicious flavor, it is cheap, highly nutritious and easy to find. I also love this grain because you can add just about any veggies and spices with a little garlic to make a fantastic one dish meal. Quinoa has nine essential amino acid making it the best grain to eat with respect to a vegetarian protein source. The following lists some of its great nutrients and their benefits:
Lysine – tissue repair and growth
Magnesium- blood vessel relaxation
Mangenese, copper- cofactors for superoxide dismutase, prevents oxidative damage to mitochondria
B2 (riboflavin)- energy production of cells, prevention of migraines
Olive Zucchini Quinoa
1 cup Quinoa
1 zucchini, quartered and finely sliced
1-2 garlic cloves
Extra virgin olive oil
6 kalamata olives, minced
2 sprigs parsley
Tiny sprig dill or ¼ t dried dill
Add all ingredients to hot quinoa cover and let sit 15 min before serving warm.
To cook quinoa add ½ cup grain to one cup of boiling water, turn to low and cook about 15 min or until all water is evaporated.