Monday, May 29, 2006

Quinoa, cranberry, and pecan pilaf

I LOVE quinoa. How did life get so far along without knowing about this? I tried it for the first time about 3 years ago. It's becoming more popular these days, and I often read about this being a good grain for people who want to lose weight because it's so high in protein so it's satisying and gives you energy. One of my students told me that her 70ish uncle fathered two children in his sunset years, and the US made him take a paternity test to enter the US. They thought he was lying, but he told them, "What do you think I eat? I'm not like Americans eating hamburgers. I'm CHILEAN. I eat QUINOA."

Grain pilafs with tart fruit, pungent green onions, crunchy nuts and veges, and a lemon dressing really turn me on!