|Red Quinoa Tabbouleh|
Quinoa was known as 'the mother grain' to the ancient Incas of South America. Containing the eight essential amino acids, quinoa is considered a complete protein. It's higher in unsaturated fats and lower in carbohydrates than most grains, and provides a balanced source of vital nutrients.
Quinoa cooks in the same manner as rice, and expands to four times its original volume. It's very light and the flavor has been compared to couscous, meaning it's delicate - almost bland. Quinoa's uses are many - it can be served as a side dish, part of a main dish, in soups, salads, and even puddings.
I adapted a recipe from Epicureous.com using red quinoa which really made an impressive-looking, festive dish, if I do say so myself!