Turmeric Lemon Quinoa

12 months+, Toddler, Kid, Adult

As discussed in a previous post here, quinoa is a true superfood containing essential vitamins like Riboflavin (B2) which helps energy production in the brain and muscle cells, important minerals like iron, magnesium and manganese, twice the fiber of most grains and protein. Rare for plant-based protein, quinoa contains ‘complete’ protein encompassing all 9 essential amino acids making it a truly perfect, balanced grain for kids. With its vibrant color, aroma and flavor from the turmeric and lemon in this recipe, it is a livelier healthier substitute for white rice. 

3 cups

1 tablespoon neutral oil like rapeseed or canola
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (optional)
1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 cup quinoa
2.5 cups water
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Rinse the quinoa well to remove the bitter outer saponin coating, drain and set aside. Warm the oil in a pot for which you have a lid over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds, stirring the pot now and then until the seeds begin to pop but don't burn, about 1-2 minutes. Add the turmeric, letting it open up and infuse the oil, about a minute. Add the quinoa and sauté until the seeds are well coated with the oil, about 30 seconds. Add the water slowly, mix and cover with a lid. Once the mixture is boiling, reduce the heat to low and allow the quinoa to simmer until dry, about 10 minutes. Fluff up with a fork, stir in the lemon juice and serve. 

Serving Suggestions
Serve as a lighter, more nutritious substitute for rice with curries or stews. Stir in some veggies like carrots and peas while cooking and serve with some plain yoghurt on the side for a complete meal. You can also add in chopped raw veggies (tomatoes, carrots, fennel), nuts or seeds (pine nuts, pumpkin seeds) or raisins. Drizzle with some olive oil and more lemon, salt and pepper and top with fresh parsley or cilantro for a beyond healthy salad. 

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